MLB Rumors: Red Sox sent 'high-level' scout to Giants-Mets ace matchup

MLB Rumors: Red Sox sent 'high-level' scout to Giants-Mets ace matchup

How's this for an eye-opening development: With the MLB trade deadline reportedly less than two weeks away, the Boston Red Sox sent a "high-level scout" to Thursday's high-profile showdown between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard in San Francisco, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

But before you dream of Bumgarner or Syndergaard in a Red Sox uniform, check out Morosi's full report from Friday morning:

Morosi suggests the scout at Thursday's Giants-Mets game may have been focusing on San Francisco's relief pitchers instead of the two aces that started the game.

Tops on that list is All-Star closer Will Smith, a 30-year-old left-hander who may be the Giants' most coveted asset outside Bumgarner.

The Red Sox obviously need bullpen help, and while the team is intent on converting Nathan Eovaldi to closer, it makes sense that the scouting department would do its due diligence on available relievers in case that experiment goes awry.

Outside Smith, San Francisco also has some decent middle relievers in right-hander Sam Dyson (.935 WHIP over 46 innings) 24-year-old Reyes Moronta (59 strikeouts in 43.1 innings) and lefty Tony Watson (5.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio).

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski may have to further deplete an already thin farm system to make another move before the July 31 deadline, but it appears Boston is at least kicking the tires on what's out there after bringing in starter Andrew Cashner last week.

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Red Sox fans couldn't believe Pablo Sandoval won Giants' 'Heart and Hustle' award

Red Sox fans couldn't believe Pablo Sandoval won Giants' 'Heart and Hustle' award

We'll give you two words to describe Pablo Sandoval's tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

We're guessing you won't choose "Heart" and "Hustle."

That's why Red Sox fans may have done a double take Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants announced their 2019 "Heart and Hustle Award" winner was none other than Sandoval.

Yes, that's the same Sandoval who put up career lows with the Red Sox in 2015 after signing a five-year, $90 million contract and played just three games in 2016 after showing up to training camp overweight.

Let's check in on Red Sox writers and fans who learned of Sandoval's award in real time:

All snark aside, you could make the case that Sandoval deserves this award. The 32-year-old has revived his career since returning to San Francisco in 2018 and is hitting a respectable .269 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs as a role player for a Giants team with few other bright spots.

That's a tough pill to swallow for the Red Sox, who still owe Sandoval $18 million this year on a buyout and have watched the veteran third baseman thrive everywhere but in Boston.

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WATCH: Yaz' grandson hits first major league home run

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WATCH: Yaz' grandson hits first major league home run

For the first time since Sept. 10, 1983, they'll be a Yastrzemski home run in a major league box score.

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of the Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend, hit his first major league homer on Friday night in Baltimore for the San Francisco Giants.

The younger Yaz, 28, a left fielder like his grandfather, was called up Saturday and is 6-for-22 in his brief major league career. He tripled in his first at-bat Friday against the team that drafted him out of Vanderbilt in 2013 and traded him to the Giants before this season.

Only 451 to go to catch Grandpa.

 

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