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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis



Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis From Oakland

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis.

Evan Drellich of CSNNE was the first with the news with Drellich crediting the A’s extra inning affair with Baltimore Orioles being the reason for the hold-up.

Minor League Outfielder In Exchange For Davis

In exchange for Davis, the Boston Red Sox will send minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones back to Oakland according to the official release by the team.

Rincones is a 19-year-old prospect that has been playing for the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He has a .264 career batting average with 2 home runs and 39 RBIs. Rincones was undrafted and signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in August of 2015.

Rumblings Started Early In The Afternoon With A Pawtucket Red Sox Infielder Being DFA’d

In the afternoon on Wednesday, the first rumblings of a waiver trade were made after a report by Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe. In order to acquire Davis, Boston first had to clear a roster spot.

To add Rajai Davis to the 40 man roster, the Red Sox designated Steve Selsky for assignment. Selsky played in 8 games for the Red Sox this season, where he had 1 hit in 9 at-bats. Since being sent to AAA Pawtucket on April 28th, Selsky has struggled. In 79 games, Selsky hit .215 with 11 home runs, and 39 RBI’s.

Seslky left McCoy Stadium shortly after it was announced he was the DFA. He did not leave the park with any of his belongings and is expected to rejoin the PawSox tomorrow.

What Davis Brings To The Table For The Boston Red Sox

In terms of Davis, he provides outfield depth with the injury to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he provides some much-needed speed to the Boston Red Sox.

Davis is 36-years-old and the Norwich, Connecticut native should sound very familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Davis has 10 years of American League experience including three seasons with AL East rival Toronto. What he brings to Boston is speed.

Davis has stolen 30+ bases in a season a total of 7 times in his career and he is on pace to do it once more this year. For the Oakland Athletics this season he has stolen 26 bases. As a whole, he is .233 on the season in 300 at-bats. Production at the plate isn’t why the Red Sox acquired him though.

Davis instantly becomes the best base stealer on the team. His 26 stolen bads are 8 higher than the highest on the Red Sox. Mookie Betts has 18, Andrew Benintendi 15, and Xander Bogaerts 11. Every other player on the team is sub-10. Come October, the need for speed on the bases and the ability to insert a legit pinch runner is immense.

Think Quienten Berry (2013) and Dave Roberts (2004). That is what Davis is expected to bring to the table.

In terms of placement, he can play center field till the return of Jackie Bradley Jr. Davis in 2017 has played 79 games in center for Oakland with a .987 fielding percentage in 572 innings logged.

What To Expect Going Forward

One would assume that Boston will use Davis in the field with Bradley being placed on the 10-day-dl with a sprained left thumb. Davis can also play left or right field until Bradley returns, Davis will likely serve as the fourth outfielder.

Once Bradley returns, Davis will likely be used almost exclusively as a pinch runner late in games. A role that will be crucial to October baseball success.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Should Give Bryce Brentz A Chance



Boston Should Give Bryce Brentz A Chance Before They Lose Him For Good

Pawtucket Red Sox slugger Bryce Brentz has been killing the baseball the last few months. His bat has helped propel him into the International League Home Run Derby Crown and given Boston something to think about.

With September call-ups right around the corner, the question is why not Brentz?

But with many speculating about a Brentz call-up, he is unwilling to play GM.

One of the issues with Brentz is he plays left and right field. Something the recently acquired Rajai Davis can do as well. But what Brentz brings to Boston is the pop they so desperately need. Bryce has smacked 30 home runs for Pawtucket this season with a .282 avg and 82 RBIs in 412 at-bats.

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Red Sox Injury Report: Betts Leaves Game Early, Day-to-Day



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Boston Red Sox Injury Report: Mookie Betts Leaves Game Early, Day-to-Day

Mookie Betts has been less than spectacular this season. While an injury isn’t what he or the Red Sox were looking for, maybe it will provide some much needed time away to reset.

Betts left Thursday night’s game with the Cleveland Indians with a right knee contusion and according to the club is day-to-day. Betts’s injury leaves Boston short in the outfield with Jackie Bradley Jr. already on the DL.

But with the influx of Rajai Davis and Bryce Brentz in AAA, it is in my opinion that Betts should be placed on the DL. Not specifically for the injury, but for the previously mentioned time away to reset.

Betts is hitting .263 this season for the Boston Red Sox, he is still making plays, but something hasn’t clicked for him in 2017. Betts had surgery

Betts had surgery on the knee this past offseason and had swelling post-game. No MRI is scheduled according to John Farrell, but Boston should take every precaution necessary with this.  Throw Betts up on the 10-day-dl. Allow his knee to fully heal up and maybe the time away will help him in the long run at the plate.

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Pawtucket Red Sox vs Buffalo Bison Game Preview



Pawtucket Red Sox vs Buffalo Bison Game Preview

On Thursday, August 24th the Pawtucket Red Sox take on the Buffalo Bison on Kyrie Irving night at McCoy Stadium.

Jalen Beeks will take the mound for Pawtucket with a 3.00 ERA and a 6-4 record going against Bison starter Brett Anderson who holds a 0-1 record and a 2.25 ERA.

Scheduled first pitch for this one is 7:05 pm with Pawtucket owning a 62-68 record and Buffalo sitting at 59-71 on the season.

After this game, there will only be 3 home games remaining for the Pawtucket Red Sox with the team finishing up their season on the road. Every win counts with just 12 games remaining, Pawtucket will have to go 9-3 in order to finish the season at a .500 record.

To give some perspective, the PawSox have finished .500 or better 5 of the last 6 years with last seasons record sitting at 74-68. But Kevin Boles and company have once again had a tough go of things. This is primarily due to the high call up totals to the Boston Red Sox.

Since the All-Star break, the PawSox have been involved in 77 player transactions, that is only a 41-day time period.

Roster moves were made of Thursday’s game in-fact. Both Deven Marrero and Hector Velazquez were optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Blaine Boyer and Rajai Davis in Boston.

Statistically, the PawSox are eliminated from any post-season play this season, everything from here on out is playing for pride and the future.

Here are tonights starting lineups.

Pawtucket Red Sox Lineup

Tzu-Wei Lin SS

Heiker Meneses 2B

Matt Dominguez DH

Bryce Brentz RF

Sam Travis 1B

Brian Bogusevic CF

Ryan Court LF

Dan Butler C

Jantzen Witte 3B

Buffalo Bison LIneup

Christian Lopes 3B

Dwight Smith Jr. LF

Teoscar Hernandez RF

Rowdy Tellez 1B

Gregorio Petit SS

Mike Ohlman C

Jason Leblebijian DH

Roemon Fields CF

Jon Berti 2B

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