ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — People want this thing fixed. But, as Dave Dombrowski pointed out early Sunday evening, it’s not an easy task.

Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — People want this thing fixed. But, as Dave Dombrowski pointed out early Sunday evening, it’s not an easy task.

Perhaps the easiest way to stop slipping in the American League East standings — where the Red Sox are four games out of first-place for the first time since mid-April — is simply by taking the trip to Tropicana Field. There they will find a Rays team that has lost 11 games in a row. That is then followed by third-worst team in the American League, the Angels.

But, what then?

You have to seemingly find another starter who offers the chance of pitching in a postseason game if presented the opportunity. There still needs to be a bullpen arm that would take some of the eighth-inning heat off of 41-year-old Koji Uehara. And then there is the discomfort of not knowing when your left fielders will return, and if the most important bat in your lineup (David Ortiz) can keep his foot/heel in working order for the season’s second half.

When presented the problems by the media following his team’s 6-2 loss the Rangers, Dombrowski offered a dose of reality.

“The thing you have to remember is that you have two clubs to make a deal, and most clubs, as I’ve said all along and it hasn’t changed whatsoever, really are not prepared to move towards 2017 and be in a position where they’re willing to move,” he said. “There are probably five clubs that have been looking at that all year long, and I think those five clubs are the ones that remain.”

Dombrowski added, “It’s still early. I can tell you I’ve done a great deal of work and there’s five clubs that are willing to talk about it, and it’s the same five clubs who have been at it all year. So it’s still a little early for that type of situation. We’ll see what happens.”

If you think the Red Sox president of baseball operations is alone in his thinking, he’s not. Just ask another general manager who finds himself in a similar situation.

“In this market, there’s not a lot of pitching, in general,” said Rangers GM Jon Daniels. “That dove-tails with the free agent market being as weak as it’s going to be. There just aren’t a lot of top guys who are scheduled to have their contract expire this year. We’ll see who ultimately comes available, but from our standpoint we have to get our guys healthy. We’re not going to have anybody than our own guys who are coming back.”

Sound familiar?

The lesson to be learned is right now there aren’t a lot of teams who are ready to move on from 2016, and those who are don’t have a whole lot to offer.

Last year, there was a bevy of high-end pitching trade targets whose contracts were ready to run out at season’s end. And there were even some, like Cole Hamels, whose contract still had some length but were clearly made available.

Even then the deals made before the last week of July were few and far between.

The trades made in June last year included Alejandro De Aza going to the Red Sox, the Mariners getting Mark Trumbo, reliever David Carpenter joining Washington, and the Braves lockage up Bronson Arroyo.

The first significant starter dealt? Scott Kazmir to the Astros July 23.

“Last year there were a ton of guys, which almost flooded the market where you saw guys not get traded, like Ian Kennedy,” Daniels said. “Supply and demand plays a big role.”

Right now, there’s too much of the latter and simply not enough of the former.

For now, they will have to rely on the Rays and Angels.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-38): L, 9-3, vs. Scranton (Yankees)

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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-38): L, 9-3, vs. Scranton (Yankees)

— Brock Holt continued to show signs of improvement on his rehab assignment, going 3-for-4 with a run and a walk. Sunday’s game was his sixth start for Pawtucket and the second time he’s played nine innings in left field in a span of 24 hours. His performance came after going 2-for-3 on Saturday.

“Today was a good day, probably the best so far,” Holt told MiLB.com. “It was good to get out there on a short break after last night’s game and still feel pretty good.”

Holt is slashing .421/.522/.526 in six games with Pawtucket.

— Henry Owens got the start for Pawtucket, lasting just four innings while allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked five en route to collecting his fourth loss this season. Since being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA. The 23-year-old southpaw has tallied more walks than strikeouts in two of his last three outings.

— Ryan Hanigan, who is also on rehab assignment working his way back from a neck strain, went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. He scored on a wild pitch in the second inning and tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. In his four rehab starts, Hanigan, 35, is slashing .250/.375/.333 with two runs and two RBIs.

Nate Freiman

Nate Freiman

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-47): W, 9-8, vs. Reading (Phillies)

— The Sea Dogs snapped a four-game losing streak thanks to Nate Freiman’s three-run blast in the eighth inning. His fifth home run of the season proved to be the go-ahead hit of the game. Freiman, 29, also hit a double to collect his third multi-hit performance in his last five games.

Freiman was signed by the Red Sox to a minor league contract on May 9. The Wellesley, Massachusetts native has major league experience, most recently with the A’s.

— Top prospect Andrew Benintendi kept his hot streak intact, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com hit a two-run double in the first inning and got on base for Freiman’s homer in the eighth. The 21-year-old is batting .350 in his last 10 games and is hitting .304 in 69 total games between Salem and Portland.

Boston’s No.1 prospect Yoan Moncada also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

— With Portland playing from behind, Nik Turley and Austin Maddox combined to pitch five frames of scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Turley let up two hits and struck out eight in three innings, while Maddox allowed only one hit in the final two innings.

“They were huge,” Sea Dogs Manager Carlos Febles told the Portland Press Herald. “They came in and put zeroes on the board and gave us a chance.”

The three innings pitched tied Turley’s season high, while the eight strikeouts were the most in an outing. Batters are averaging only .192 against the 26-year-old lefty. Maddox’s was called up to Portland from Salem on June 1, and his 0.53 ERA with Portland leads the team. For the whole season, the 25-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 20 appearances.

Trey Ball

Trey Ball

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (45-27): W, 6-1, vs. Frederick (Orioles)

— Trey Ball was magnificent on the mound for Salem, throwing seven scoreless innings and letting up just two hits. The left-hander and Boston’s No.18 prospect at MLB.com struck out six and walked two. Ball, 22, has now tossed three consecutive solid outing after likely his best performance of the year. He is 5-3 with a 2.29 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 11 starts.

— Salem only recorded two hits in the game. The biggest hit of the day came from Joseph Monge in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Monge, 21, hit a bases-clearing double to give Salem a dominating 6-0 lead. On the year, Monge is batting .313/.373/.433 in 59 games.

— Despite getting only two hits, Salem was able to put up six runs thanks to working nine walks in the game, including No. 9 hitter Bryan Hudson working four of them. Salem was also helped out by four Frederick errors as all six runs Salem scored were unearned.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (39-34): W, 2-1, vs. Blue Claws (Phillies)

— Roniel Raudes delivered a strong outing for the Drive, as the right-hander surrendered only one run and three hits in five innings. Boston’s No.13 prospect at MLB.com, Raudes also fanned six and walked none for the third time in six appearances. Sunday’s games was Raudes’ second consecutive start allowing one earned run, and the 18-year-old is 7-2 with a 3.86 ERA on the season. He sits third on the team in innings pitched (60.2) and strikeouts (56).

— Reliever Trevor Kelley came in to replace Raudes, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. The 22-year-old has a 1.29 ERA in four starts.

— Luis Alexander Basabe, Boston’s No.8 prospect at MLB.com, wound up with the game-tying hit, smacking an RBI double in the fifth inning to make it a 1-1 game. It was his 11th double of the season.

Basabe, 19, is batting .220/.287/.407 this season.

SINGLE-A (SHORT SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (9-1): L, 11-6, vs. Tri-city (Padres)

— It was a rough outing for starting pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez, who allowed three earned runs on two hits in just 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three in the shortest outing by a Lowell starting pitcher this season. It was also  the first loss by the Spinners this season.

— Roldani Baldwin had a good outing offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. The 20-year-old catcher is hitting .270/.311/.433 in 37 minor league games.

— Nick Lovullo, son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Lovullo, 22, snapped a four-game hitless streak with the performance.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier
Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

The Red Sox will continue their road trip Monday when they send Eduardo Rodriguez to the hill in the opening game of a three-game series against American League East rival Tampa Bay. The Rays will give rookie southpaw Blake Snell the start.

Rodriguez heads into Monday’s game with a 1-2 record to go along with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. The 23-year-old has started just five games in 2016 due to a knee injury, which forced him to miss the first couple of months of the season. His most recent appearance came on Wednesday in an 8-6 loss to the White Sox. The left-hander did not receive a decision after letting up three earned runs and four hits in six innings. Rodriguez also struck out a season-high seven batters while only walking two.

“You can see the velocity is back,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Consistency with both sides of the plate is better, so I think everything’s coming back day by day.”

In his short career, Rodriguez has faced the Rays twice with a 4.91 ERA. In his last start vs. Tampa Bay Sept. 21 of last season, he allowed three runs, six hits and struck out four in six innings in an 8-7 Boston win.

Opposite of Rodriguez will be Snell, the Rays’ No. 1 prospect at MLB.com. He is 0-2 in just three career appearances, but his 2.40 ERA is sixth-best among major league rookies, as he has yet to allow more than two earned runs in an outing. He last pitched in a 6-0 loss to the Indians on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4 rookie allowed two earned runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he only fanned three while walking three more.

“Really happy with the way Blake threw the ball,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I don’t know how many times in his young career building up in the Minor Leagues he’s been in the seventh inning. But the way he approached it and attacked hitters, it was really impressive.”

As this will be just his fourth career game, Snell has yet to face the Red Sox. His first ever pitching appearance came against the Yankees, a fellow American League East opponent. Snell surrendered just one run and two hits in five innings while striking out six.

Red Sox vs. Snell (LHP)

No Red Sox have faced Snell.

Rays vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

Mikie Mahtook (6 plate appearances): .500 AVG/.500 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Evan Longoria is 3-for-5 with 1 double, 1 RBI, and 1 walk.

Steve Pearce is 1-for-5 with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

Logan Forsythe is 1-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 walks.

Tim Beckham is 1-for-3.

Brandon Guyer is 1-for-3 with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout.

Steven Souza Jr. is 1-for-3 with 1 RBI.

Kevin Kiermaier is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Curt Casali is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a lengthy meeting with manager John Farrell following the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Rangers, Dave Dombrowski offered the media assembled a dose of reality.

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a lengthy meeting with manager John Farrell following the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Rangers, Dave Dombrowski offered the media assembled a dose of reality.

Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a lengthy meeting with manager John Farrell following the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Rangers, Dave Dombrowski offered the media assembled a dose of reality.

His team’s starting pitching just finished a three-game series in which it allowed 19 runs in 12 1/3 innings, with the Red Sox falling four games back in the American League East race. And, in the latest loss, Clay Buchholz struggled once again in the No. 5 spot, allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings.

But Dombrowski offered the fly in the ointment when it came to making a deal to help fix the problem.

“The thing you have to remember is that you have two clubs to make a deal, and most clubs, as I’ve said all along and it hasn’t changed whatsoever, really are not prepared to move towards 2017 and be in a position where they’re willing to move,” he said. “There are probably five clubs that have been looking at that all year long, and I think those five clubs are the ones that remain.”

Dombrowski added, “It’s still early. I can tell you I’ve done a great deal of work and there’s five clubs that are willing to talk about it, and it’s the same five clubs who have been at it all year. So it’s still a little early for that type of situation. We’ll see what happens.”

Some of the teams it would appear Dombrowski was referencing are the Braves, Phillies, Padres, Brewers, Reds, Rays, Diamondbacks, and Twins.

When asked if he believed some of the solutions might come internally, Dombrowski referenced the rash of injuries the organization finds itself with, both in the majors and minors.

“First of all, we’ve got nine guys on the disabled list, plus we have guys on the disabled list on the minor league level, too, that we would normally bring up,” he noted. “So we’re scuffling for positional players at this point. The depth of our lineup, that doesn’t help. So you only have so many players in the organization who are capable the big league club at a particular time.

“The problem you run into is that some of those players are anticipated to be back soon relatively soon, so you can’t go out and make a trade for some positional player and gives up one of your top prospects that somebody asks for a two-week, or a week, type of situation. Our pitching, we had a bad series pitching-wise. Most of the guys did. I don’t want to say all of them because some of the guys threw the ball well out of the bullpen. We need to pitch better, we need to play better.”

As for Buchholz, who now has a 6.31 in 12 starts, Dombrowski surmised that the righty would still be in the rotation when his next turn comes up.

“I anticipate he’ll start for us again,” he said. “I anticipate, but you’re asking me questions and we haven’t even had a chance to get showered, basically, so we still have time to sit down and visit and have all those types of discussions. But I anticipate he will.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
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