After almost getting swept by the Oakland Athletics in a four game set, bringing their record to 22-21, the rumblings can be heard loud and clear. Some of the Boston Red Sox faithful are calling for heads to roll, and some are just wanting to see something happen soon.
Whichever comes first, change will be welcomed with open arms by the fans in Boston, so long as there is a change in personnel.
For the time being, Boston is looking for help from familiar territory, The Chicago White Sox. Chicago is currently shopping 3rd baseman Todd Frazier, and the Red Sox are in desperate need of an everyday guy to play the hot corner.
The Red Sox have had major issues thus far trying to find a consistent third baseman. They tried to platoon Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt, which failed horribly. Holt is unable to get out of Triple-A Pawtucket, as he was removed from a rehab start due to vertigo stemming from his concussions. In the majors this year, Holt has only managed 15 at bats, hitting a horrible .133, with one RBI and a poor .433 OPS.
It does not get much better with what we have seen from Sandoval, who is also in Pawtucket on a rehab stint. So far this year Pablo has hit just above the Mendoza line with a .213 average in 61 plate appearances. Only three home runs and an abysmal .646 OPS is not going to get the job done. With this type of productivity, the Red Sox have to be in the market for a 3-bagger.
This brings us back to the White Sox, from whom Boston has already received current ace Chris Sale. This seemed to have worked out so far, so there is no reason not to go back to the well once again. Chicago seems more than willing to move Frazier, but the question is, how much do they want for a guy that is 31 years old, only hitting .213, with an OPS that sits around Sandoval’s? Cristiana Caruso of MLB Daily Dish doesn’t think it will be much.
The Sox have also tried out Josh Rutledge and Deven Marrero, neither of which they want to rely on going forward. Boston has sent scouts to Chicago to see Todd Frazier, but while there, it seems The Red Sox also inquired about left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana.
It appears, according to Matt Collins of Over The Monster, that the White Sox have a willingness to move both players, so while scouting Fraizer, The Red Sox took a look at Quintana as well. He would be coming to The Sox at a time when they need it most. Boston has already lost knuckleballer Steven Wright to knee surgery, Drew Pomeranz is ailing, and David Price is still working his way back from Pawtucket.
For the 2017 season, Quintana has a 2-5 record in 9 starts for Chicago with 57.1 innings pitched, and a little over 6 IP a start. He has 53 K’s and a very respectable 1.26 whip.
At the end of the day, any World Series hopeful needs to find a way to not be losing 3 of 4 games to team like the Oakland A’s. Boston will try to get back on track at home this week against the Texas Rangers. As the old saying goes, there’s no time like the present.