The defending World Series champions were big players on Trade-Deadline Thursday, but it was Ben Cherington dismantling his team and rebuilding. See today’s column.
In the last two weeks, the Red Sox got rid of four starting pitchers (if you count Felix Doubront, who had been moved to the bullpen) and added a starter at the major league level (Joe Kelly), Triple-A (Edwin Escobar) and Double-A (Eduardo Rodriguez).
There should be a Domino effect here that could finally land Henry Owens in Triple-A.
Already, three pitchers from Pawtucket are in the Red Sox rotation: Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Brandon Workman. Anthony Ranaudo is taking John Lackey’s place today at Fenway – for Ranaudo’s major league debut. One of them will go back down to Triple-A when Kelly arrives.
Pawtucket has three other starters – Escobar, Matt Barnes and Steven Wright, along with swingman Chris Hernandez. There’s a vacancy.
Meanwhile, with the addition of Rodriguez to the Sea Dogs, they have six starters – Owens, Brian Johnson, Luis Diaz, Mike Augliera and recently-promoted Justin Haley.
Time for Owens (14-4, 2.60 ERA) to move on.
Escobar made his Sox organization debut Thursday with the PawSox, going six innings: 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K … Both Mookie Betts (.321) and Matt Spring (.263) homered. Betts’ blast was a two-run walk-off.
Haley made his Double-A debut: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K … Robby Scott (1.72 ERA) threw two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three … Derrik Gibson (.302) was 2-for-5.
Trey Ball (1-9, 5.65) continues to make small strides in his first full pro season, with Greenville. He went five innings: 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K.
Bryce Brentz moved his rehab assignment from the Gulf Coast League to Lowell. He went 1-for-4 … Two drafts picks from June are pushing for a promotion out of Lowell. Outfielder Danny Mars (.345) and first baseman Sam Travis (.333) both went 3-for-5.
One more thought on the trade deadline. The Yankees made a few small moves (including a deal for Stephen Drew). The trades did not overwhelm Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.