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Red Sox close in on record for consecutive games with a homer at Fenway

Red Sox close in on record for consecutive games with a homer at Fenway

Andrew Benintendi's home run in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park gave Boston homers in 15 consecutive games at Fenway Park, two shy of the team record.

And the team that set that record wasn't the 2003 Sox, who hit a team record 238 home runs and featured six players with more than 25, led by Manny Ramirez' 37 and David Ortiz' 31.

Nor was it the 1977 "Crunch Bunch" that hit 213 homers, led by Jim Rice's 39, and had No. 9 batter Butch Hobson hit 30.

No, you have to go back 50 years to the summer of '69 when the Sox set the mark by homering at Fenway in 17 consecutive games from Aug. 18 to Sept. 16. h/t @SoxNotes on Twitter.

That team was led by Carl Yastrzemski's and Rico Petrocelli hitting 40 each (Petrocelli's total was then a record for a shortstop). 

With two more games with the Rays this week and the way balls are flying out of ballparks this season (MLB is on pace for 6,668, nearly 1,100 more than a year ago, and more than 500 more than the record of 6,105 in 2017), that 1969 Sox record may be in jeopardy. The 2019 Sox have 164 homers (six players have more than 15) with 54 games remaining. 

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox' Mookie Betts trade talks 'evolving' with Dodgers, Padres

MLB Rumors: Red Sox' Mookie Betts trade talks 'evolving' with Dodgers, Padres

It appears the Boston Red Sox are moving closer to parting ways with the face of their franchise.

On Thursday, it was reported the Red Sox and San Diego Padres were discussing a potential blockbuster trade involving Mookie Betts. Now, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports those trade talks have "evolved" with both the Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been rumored to be a suitor for Betts throughout the offseason.

Speier writes:

According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox continue to discuss the possibility of a Mookie Betts trade with multiple suitors. The team is weighing potential combinations of big leaguers and prospects offered by the Padres as well as the Dodgers, and remains engaged with both teams about the possibility of a deal involving their superstar right fielder.

The fact that discussions are ongoing with multiple teams is not a guarantee that Betts will be dealt. It’s possible that the Red Sox will enter the 2020 regular season with their superstar — with the possibility of exploring his trade value at the deadline if the team is not clearly in contention. But the team’s willingness to consider dealing the four-time All-Star and 2018 A.L. MVP appears serious.

That's certainly a change of tune from Thursday's report, which referred to a potential Betts deal as "unlikely."

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Both San Diego and L.A. make sense as possible trade partners for the Red Sox. The Padres have the top prospects to make a deal worthwhile, and the Dodgers have the financial flexibility to take on the $96 million remaining on David Price's contract to help Boston get under the $208 million luxury tax threshold.

Betts, 27, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.

Tomase: Pros & cons of trading Betts to Padres

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Midway through the 2019 MLB season, the struggling Boston Red Sox made an attempt to shake things up on their bench and get them back into the playoff race. That decision involved designating Eduardo Nunez for assignment.

Nunez spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox after he was acquired at the 2017 MLB trade deadline. Nunez quickly endeared himself to Boston fans by batting .321 and smashing eight homers in 38 games with the team.

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But after his first season, Nunez's production tailed off. He was still productive during the team's 2018 World Series run, though he was hampered by a knee injury, before things bottomed out in 2019. He was hitting just .228 at the time of his release and his defensive range was declining because of his balky knee.

Now, after remaining out of MLB work for almost half a year, it looks like Nunez is getting one more shot at sticking around in the MLB.

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the New York Mets have invited Nunez to join them as a non-roster invite at spring training in 2020. 

It may be tough for Nunez to ultimately win a spot with the Mets, who also have former Red Sox shortstop/third baseman Jed Lowrie on the team. But he is going to be on a minor league deal as a result of this signing.

And if injuries strike and Nunez proves himself, perhaps he could eventually earn a roster spot.

We'll soon see what happens with Nunez, but it is nice to see the 32-year-old get another chance to play at the MLB level, even if it is just a spring training invite.