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John Farrell unsure if Red Sox will make a trade

John Farrell unsure if Red Sox will make a trade

BOSTON — Less than 24 hours after the White Sox-Yankees blockbuster deal, manager John Farrell was unsure if the Red Sox have a trade up their sleeve.

Farrell was complimentary if measured in evaluating the Yankees’ trade with the White Sox that brought Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to New York. The Yanks (48-44) began Wednesday 3 1/2 games behind Boston (53-42), and were simply better positioned to make upgrades than the Red Sox

“Any time you add a couple guys that can strike people out late in the game, that’s a boost,” Farrell said. “Their first base situation might be similar to our third-base situation. So they felt like that was obviously an upgrade. They helped themselves, there’s no doubt.”

So, now, will the Red Sox?

“I don’t know. I can’t answer that right now,” Farrell said when asked if a trade is likely. “I can tell you every effort is being made to. But I think the bottom line is what makes sense. I think there’s some guys that we don’t want to part ways with, that’s pretty clear. So where this goes, there’s a couple weeks remaining.”

Identifying two of those players (and perhaps the only two) is easy: Jay Groome and Rafael Devers are presumed off limits, lest the farm system be left barren.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Tuesday called third base the obvious area where the Red Sox could look to upgrade, which has been abundantly clear for a while. 

The Red Sox have the fewest home runs in the American League overall, 97, and an offense that has a .209/.277/.298 slash line to begin the second half. They’re better than that, of course, but it’s been a rough go lately.

Pablo Sandoval was officially released on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be positional fit more than anything,” Farrell said when asked if the team seeks power. “If that combination exists, sure, I’m sure we’re having conversations in that way. I guess what I can tell you is this: the conversations being had are ways we can address the left side of the infield, and if there’s a situation that presents to increase the depth or upgrade late in the bullpen, and if it’s a deal that makes sense, I think we would look to take advantage of it. But I know Dave has got a lot going on right now, as you’d expect, but we’ll see what unfolds.”

Farrell acknowledged he has some surprise at the lack of power the Red Sox have shown. Their .410 slugging percentage is below the major league average of .425.

“Somewhat,” Farrell said. “I can’t say it’s drastically different than what you envision. We knew with the changes last offseason and the addition of Chris Sale and upgrades in pitching, we were looking at a run differential we were hoping to preserve or improve upon. So while that might not have been done sheerly with runs scored, it’s a matter of pitching better, pitching more consistently, which I think we’re doing.”

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.