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Drellich: Dombrowski found the real deal(s) last offseason

Drellich: Dombrowski found the real deal(s) last offseason

Between Chris Sale and Mitch Moreland, the early returns on the Red Sox’ winter moves have been overwhelmingly positive, even with Tyler Thornburg’s Red Sox debut somewhere a galaxy far away.

Yoan Moncada is raking at Triple-A Charlotte for the White Sox. He’s hitting .314 with a .407 on-base percentage, .569 slugging percentage and four home runs. Michael Kopech has 20 strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 innings at Double-A for Chicago, with a .182 batting average against.

And if any Red Sox fan sits there watching Sale with a tiny tear in their eye for those departed prospects, they’ve officially been deranged by the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Sale has to stay healthy and effective, of course. But everything the Red Sox wanted Sale to be -- and everything they wanted David Price to be -- he's exceeded through four starts.

Per FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, Moreland has been the 25th most valuable position player in the majors, at 0.7 wins. (Eric Thames of the Brewers, whom the Red Sox heavily scouted but did not go after, is tops at 1.6 wins.)

Moreland could be looking at a lot more than $5.5 million, the amount of his current deal, next winter. Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski actually found a bargain, it seems. Don’t tell him, it might upset him.

Sale, unsurprisingly, has been the most valuable pitcher anywhere, at 1.5. The second-place pitcher goes by Thor -- Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, at 1.4.

It’s strange to think that the Thornburg deal, the lesser of Dombrowski’s two trades at the winter meetings, is the one that stings, but it also makes perfect sense.

As another team’s executive pointed out, Dombrowski keeps picking up relievers at their peak value, and it’s not a good idea.

But the fact that Thornburg hasn’t even thrown off a mound yet as he returns from a shoulder impingement is what hurts most. The Red Sox gave up something and have thus far gotten nothing.

Travis Shaw was streaky and had every chance to prove himself for the 2016 Red Sox. He didn’t do it. He already has four home runs for Milwaukee, although his OBP is just .297.

Mauricio Dubon, a shortstop prospect traded in the deal, is off to an okay start at Double-A for the Brewers, hitting .278/.316/.352 with one homer. Righty Josh Pennington is in extended spring training.

Dombrowski also let Koji Uehara walk, but he still has an effective bullpen -- one that’s probably outperforming reality right now but nonetheless carries the fourth lowest ERA in the majors, 2.29.

How do you know everything is turning up Dombrowski right now? He could never build a bullpen in Detroit, and the Tigers still can’t in his absence. They have a 6.85 ERA, the worst in the majors.

Uehara’s allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings for the Cubs, by the way. Junichi Tazawa’s allowed four runs in the same number of innings for the Marlins.

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.