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Drellich's Red Sox Opening Day roster picture

Drellich's Red Sox Opening Day roster picture

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Opening Day is later this month. As a spring-training exercise, here’s one way to look at the Red Sox' current roster situation.

The roster positions are numbered to 25, with a presumed 13 bench players and 12 pitchers.

There seem to be three competitions: Three players for two spots at the back of the bench, the final spot in the rotation (at least to begin the season while Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright rehab) and the final spot in the bullpen.

One perspective:

CATCHER (Alex Cora has said these two are his catchers, for those watching Blake Swihart’s progress closely.)
1. Christian Vazquez
2. Sandy Leon (no minor-league options)

3. Mitch Moreland
4. Eduardo Nunez
5. Xander Bogaerts
6. Rafael Devers
7. Hanley Ramirez

8. Jackie Bradley
9. Andrew Benintendi
10. Mookie Betts
11. J.D. Martinez

12. BUBBLE-ISH: Brock Holt (options)
13. BUBBLE: Blake Swihart (no options), Deven Marrero (no options)


14. Chris Sale
15. David Price
16. Rick Porcello
17. Drew Pomeranz
18. Fifth starter, Brian Johnson (out of options, could be in bullpen)
BUBBLE: Hector Velazquez (options), Roenis Elias (options)

19. Craig Kimbrel
20. Carson Smith
21. Robby Scott
22. Joe Kelly
23. Matt Barnes
24. Heath Hembree (out of options)
25. BUBBLE: Brandon Workman (options), Austin Maddox (options), Fernando Rodriguez (minors deal)

COMING BACK EVENTUALLY: Tyler Thornburg, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright



Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.