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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Andrew Benintendi benched in series opener

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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Andrew Benintendi benched in series opener

The Red Sox will begin a three-game series vs. the lowly Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday night.

Andrew Benintendi gets the night off with Sam Travis taking his place in left field. It's been a frustrating season for Benintendi, who has hit just .185 since the All-Star break and admits he hasn't felt like himself at the plate this year.

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts will flip-flop positions as Martinez gets the start in right field and Betts leads off as the designated hitter. Another wrinkle is Alex Cora continuing to keep Christian Vazquez in the lineup and playing first base with Sandy Leon behind the plate.

David Price, who recently made waves for his criticism of Dennis Eckersley, will take the mound for the Red Sox. The left-hander will face off against fellow southpaw and the Orioles' most consistent arm, John Means.

Here are the full starting lineups for both teams with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET:

BOSTON RED SOX (53-44)
Mookie Betts, DH
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, RF
Christian Vazquez, 1B
Sam Travis, LF
Michael Chavis 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, C

David Price, LHP (7-2, 3.16 ERA)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (29-66)
Jonathan Villar, 2B
Hanser Alberto, 3B
Trey Mancini, 1B
Renato Nunez, DH
Anthony Santander, RF
Chance Sisco, C
Stevie Wilkerson, LF
Keon Broxton, CF
Richie Martin, SS

John Means, LHP (7-5, 2.94 ERA)

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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.