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Could Ortiz hit 13 more HRs to reach 500 this season?

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Could Ortiz hit 13 more HRs to reach 500 this season?

NEW YORK - Can David Ortiz reach 500 homers before the end of the season?

There's not much drama associated with the final third of the season, beyond the Red Sox evaluating the likes of Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo and others to get a head start on 2016.

But suddenly, the notion of Ortiz reaching this milestone is not out of the question.

A month or so ago, the thought of Ortiz getting to No. 500 by Oct. 4 would have been laughable. Ortiz started slowly at the plate and as recently as June 1, had just six homers for the season. He was in the middle of a second 17-game homerless stretch and the thought of reaching 20 for the season seemed far-fetched.

Now, that power slump has been reversed and Ortiz has now hit six in his last 15 games and has 21 for the season.

Given that Ortiz went into the season needing 34 homers to get to 500, he's almost exactly on pace after hitting No. 21 Wednesday night at exactly the two-thirds mark of the season.

Ortiz will need 13 homers over the final 54 games, or one every 4.15 games. So far, he has 21 in 108, or one every 5.14 games.

To even have a shot, Ortiz will have to stay healthy, so as to avoid missing extended playing time and thus, at-bats.

Given that players -- especially those closing in on their 40th birthday in November -- tend to wear down in the final two months, that may a tall order.

Tracking Ortiz's progress toward No. 500, however, could give then final third of a hugely disappointing Red Sox season some allure.

 

 

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton 'will be down for a bit' with calf injury

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton 'will be down for a bit' with calf injury

Wednesday was another tough day on the injury front for the New York Yankees.

Manager Aaron Boone revealed slugger Giancarlo Stanton "will be down for a bit" due to a Grade 1 right calf strain. The news comes one day after it was announced right-hander Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2020 campaign.

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Injuries have been par for the course with Stanton ever since he first donned Yankee pinstripes in 2018. The former National League MVP has played in only 176 of 324 regular-season games with New York due to bicep, shoulder, and knee ailments.

The Yankees still boast a well-rounded roster that can survive Stanton's absence for a while, but his presence in the middle of the lineup is key to their success. If the 30-year-old indeed misses time, it could be Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, or Mike Tauchman taking his spot in the lineup.

New York's 2020 season begins March 26 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB Rumors: Red Sox unlikely to 'buy' prospects from Padres in a Wil Myers deal

MLB Rumors: Red Sox unlikely to 'buy' prospects from Padres in a Wil Myers deal

The Boston Red Sox are looking to replenish their farm system, and the San Diego Padres have the talented prospects to make a deal worth their while.

With the Padres looking to ship Wil Myers and part of the $61 million remaining on his contract, the Red Sox would appear to be the perfect fit, especially after clearing some space on their payroll by sending David Price and Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston had flirted with San Diego about a similar deal involving Betts, but the Sox instead went with L.A.'s offer.

Since then, the two sides reportedly have discussed a trade that would send Myers and half of his salary to Boston in exchange for a package of prospects that may include pitcher Cal Quantrill.

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Although such a deal makes sense on paper, it's "unlikely" to happen, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

Speier writes:

However, while the concept is interesting for a Red Sox organization intent on replenishing its upper levels and young big league talent, two major leagues sources characterized any such trade as unlikely. One of those sources characterized the idea mostly as “tire kicking” by the Red Sox rather than a deal with real legs.

The Padres, after all, are trying to improve their chances of contention rather than simply shed payroll. Their goal in pursuing Betts wasn’t to shed Myers’s salary but to add an elite talent. As such, they have little motivation to give up prospects and/or potential big league contributors for the sake of moving Myers unless they could reallocate his salary to acquire another player (likely via trade) such as Francisco Lindor.

As much as the Padres would love to rid themselves of most of Myers' bloated contract, trading him and a package of top prospects for cash doesn't make a whole lot of sense. As Speier notes, that changes if a player of Betts or Lindor's caliber is thrown in the mix. But since that isn't the case, there doesn't seem to be much of a benefit for an up-and-coming San Diego club.

There's still a chance the deal's framework could change -- potentially with a third team involved -- but as of now, a straight-up deal to "buy" Padres prospects probably isn't on the table.