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Alex Cora calls Trump's comments on Puerto Rico 'disrespectful,' says 'this is more than politics'

Alex Cora calls Trump's comments on Puerto Rico 'disrespectful,' says 'this is more than politics'

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native, addressed the state of Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria after President Donald Trump earlier Thursday commented on the island's recovery.

Question: The president had some Tweets today about Puerto Rico. Did you see them, and as we approach the anniversary — ?

“I did. The timing, I thought he was going to mention something in a few days, Sept. 16 [the day the National Weather Service officially named it Maria]. Now that he got ahead of himself. You know, 3,000, six, 18. I don’t know. We will never know how many, how many we lost. I hate that people that make it a political issue. This is about human beings. The people that went through this, they know what happened. You know, we have, our population, 19 percent of our population are elderly. It’s old people, just put it that way. And the effect of Sept. 16, the rain, and the winds and whatever happens, maybe 18 people died. But the aftereffects, people don’t talk about that. And when you don’t have food, you don’t have water, no communication, no medicine, then this happened. 

"And one thing for sure, we — the government helped. We do feel that they helped us. I don’t know if it was efficient, it was enough, I don’t know. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped. The Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros. There’s a lot of people in the states that they’re still helping us. To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it’s actually disrespectful for my country. We see it that way. I know probably he doesn’t feel that way. And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us. He went down there, he did what he did. I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics. 

"This is about a country that really suffered, we still, you see the hurricanes forming now. Everybody’s panicking. It’s not easy. One thing’s for sure, and I told you guys before, one thing I’m proud, we’re standing up on our own two feet. Like, do we need help? Yeah, we do. We know that. But we’ve been battling through it. We’re not where we were. But we will be there. And it’s just a matter of time. But you know it’s a little bit kind of like frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming. What’s the point, honestly? And I respect him. He’s the president of the United States. But I don’t agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us."

Alex, did you personally know people that suffered there, from a personal point of view?

"Yeah, yeah yeah. I mean, like last year, when Mr. Crane [Astros owner Jim Crane] got that plane, he got us a plane. It was 150 passengers. And like I said, that day was, when I was in the baggage claim, at the airport, and Mr. Crane was right there, I’ve never seen so many people being so grateful of somebody. I mean, there were people that they were sick. Young kids. You know, my kids were there, they were, what, three months old. You know to be able for them to come over, that was like unreal. That’s what it was all about. And Mr. Crane hasn’t even talked about it. We know a lot of people that right now, they’re still suffering. They don’t have a roof. They have a tarp. And there’s people in the country like in the mountains, they have no water. They just found out, there was a military base in a town in the East Coast that they found, I don’t know how many bottles of water. Just in the runway. And it’s been there for six months. And FEMA kind of like fumbled that one, from what I heard. There’s a story after story after story. 

"And you know, it’s been a struggle, but like I said man, hey, we’re better in the last year, obviously. We’re better than yesterday. We keep getting better. And it’s just a matter of time for us to be that enchanted island, like back in the day."

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MLB Rumors: Execs "convinced" Yankees want to trade Miguel Andujar

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MLB Rumors: Execs "convinced" Yankees want to trade Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees have some pressing decisions to make at the hot corner.

Several "rival executives" are "convinced" the Yankees want to trade young third baseman Miguel Andujar, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday.

The 23-year-old has the offensive potential to be New York's third baseman of the future -- he tallied 27 home runs and 97 RBIs while hitting .297 as a rookie last season -- but some executives believe his subpar defense could convince the Yankees to sell high, especially with superstar Manny Machado looming in free agency.

"The Yankees continue to say Andújar, 23, can develop into an average defender, but they have little choice but to hold that belief," Rosenthal wrote. "The signing of Machado, whose long-term position almost certainly is third, likely would change their perspective."

Machado's reported free agent meeting with the Yankees is set for Wednesday, per the New York Post's George A. King III. If Brian Cashman and Co. like what they see, Andujar could be pushed out to make room for Machado at third base.

Where would Andujar end up? Red Sox manager Alex Cora apparently thinks very highly of the Dominican Republic native, but Boston has its own talented young third baseman in Rafael Devers and almost certainly wouldn't give up valuable assets to land Andujar.

One executive told Rosenthal the San Diego Padres are a possible destination for Andujar, who New York could dangle in a three-team trade with the Miami Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Such a deal may impact the Red Sox, as the New York Mets also are pursuing Realmuto but reportedly have discussed a possible trade with Boston if they're unable to land the All-Star catcher.

The Yankees may decide to stick with their young third baseman as they gear up for another playoff push. But these "rival executives" are right, this offseason could get interesting in a hurry.

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MLB rumors: Mets have talked to Red Sox about trade for a catcher

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MLB rumors: Mets have talked to Red Sox about trade for a catcher

The Boston Red Sox have great depth at catcher with three Major League-caliber players at the position, so it's not surprising that at least one team has contacted the 2018 World Series champions about a potential trade.

The New York Mets are one such team, as reported Wednesday by MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

DiComo also was asked about the Mets' possible interest in other Red Sox players, and he gave the following response:

The Mets haven't had the best success with catchers since Mike Piazza left the franchise after the 2005 season.

Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez are good behind the plate, but neither of them are quality hitters. Leon batted .177 over 89 regular season games in 2018, while Vazquez batted .207 in 80 games. Swihart isn't as good defensively, but he's a slightly better hitter. He batted .229 in 82 games but is a career .256 hitter.

The Red Sox lost reliever Joe Kelly to the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency and could lose closer Craig Kimbrel, too. Trading one of these catchers could clear some salary for a free-agent bullpen arm or be enough to get a Major League reliever in return. Either way, catcher is a position of depth the Red Sox should consider using to address some of their roster weaknesses.

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