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Boston doesn't have many holes in a lineup that's cranked out MLB highs in OPS (.801) and runs (530) http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-nicky-delmonico-jersey , but there's a big one at third base. According to Baseball Reference, the Red Sox rank 29th in wins above replacement at the position.Rafael Devers, 21, is a special talent, but he owns just a .241/.292/.424 slash line, and his minus-nine defensive runs saved place him among the worst defenders at the hot corner. Plus, there's now a question of whether his left shoulder inflammation will linger.Third base is where Machado averaged 5.3 WAR per year from 2013 to 2017 before he moved to shortstop for his walk year. He indicated to Marc Carig of The Athletic that he's not interested in moving back:Marc Carig MarcCarig鈥淚鈥檓 a shortstop. I play shortstop.鈥?- Manny Machado, when asked if he鈥檇 move back to third base if traded to contender.If Machado were to land in Boston, however, the Red Sox might not have much trouble convincing him to do what's good for him.He may fancy himself a shortstop, but his minus-20 DRS suggest he's not nearly as good there as he was at third base, where he won two Gold Gloves. Xander Bogaerts is no prize in his own right at shortstop, but he's a better defender than Machado has been. Besides, Bogaerts' experience at third base is limited and not encouraging.Meanwhile, Machado certainly has the bat for the hot corner. Despite a lull in June, he's working on a career year highlighted by a .315/.387/.575 slash line and 24 home runs. His strikeout rate is down, and his walk rate and power are up.Granted Reynaldo Lopez Jersey , Machado has done the bulk of his mashing at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But when looking at all the line drives and fly balls he's hit this season overlaid at Fenway Park, there's little reason to think his game wouldn't translate to Boston:Image courtesy of BaseballSavant.MLB.comThe Red Sox would also stand to benefit from Machado's years of experience within the AL East. Specifically, his experience against the Yankees. He's hit 22 career home runs against them, including six in 2018 alone.Boston could therefore be thrilled to have Machado for a second-half schedule that features 10 games against New York. For that matter, also on the Red Sox's slate are seven games against the Cleveland Indians, four games against the Philadelphia Phillies and three apiece against the Astros and Atlanta Braves.With Machado on their side, the Red Sox could tear right through the second half and blow away the franchise's high-water mark of 105 wins, set all the way back in 1912. They're on pace for 112 wins as is. The leap from there to 117 may only be Machado-sized.In all likelihood, this is merely an extremely unlikely hypothetical. There's a far greater probability of Machado landing with the Phillies, Indians, Dodgers,Milwaukee Brewers,or鈥攇asp!鈥攖he Yankees. Those five teams have the incentive and, above all, the assets to deal for him.And yet, it seems the door is being left open for the Red Sox. And if ever there were an executive to take advantage of such an opportunity, it's Dave Dombrowski. Among the superstars the Red Sox president of baseball operations has traded for over the years are Miguel Cabrera http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-bruce-rondon-jersey , David Price, Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale. Machado would be a suitable addition to the collection.And in this case, the potential prize is nothing short of a historic finish to an already spectacular year. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded one of their extra pieces. They’re keeping their bigger ones — for now.Cleveland began what could be a busy offseason on Wednesday by dealing versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.The AL Central champions sent the 27-year-old Gonzalez, who appeared in 81 games for the Indians last season, along with minor league right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.Gonzalez batted .265 with one homer and 16 RBIs last season for Cleveland, which signed the Dominican native in 2009. And while he filled a valuable utility role, he was not going to crack the starting lineup behind All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.“That was a tough thing for us,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “We’ve had multiple conversations with Erik about it. He’s done so many things to impact the organization in his time with us, from the time he signed. He’s played every position on the field I think other than catcher at one point or another. But, as our roster has taken shape over the course of the past few seasons, we have not had an opportunity for him to play regularly.“So, we feel this will give Erik an opportunity to play more with Pittsburgh and continue his career and potentially blossom into the everyday player we think he can be.”The negligible move gives the Indians needed depth in the outfield, and it could be the first of many deals this winter.Cleveland has not dismissed speculation it may be willing to trade prominent players, including ace Corey Kluber and right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Antonetti said it’s difficult to measure whether the team has seen an increase in teams wanting to do business with the Indians.“I think what I would reiterate is that I think the conversations have reaffirmed for us that we have a lot of players on our roster and throughout our organization that are of interest to other teams,” he said. “And I think what that allows us to do is have a lot of dialogue with other teams about potential opportunities for us to move forward as an organization and get better.”The 25-year-old Luplow is one of those opportunities. Cleveland’s outfield was decimated by injuries last season, and the team is not expected to re-sign Michael Brantley as a free agent.Luplow appeared in 64 games over the past two seasons with the Pirates Chris Beck Jersey , who named him their top minor league player in 2017.“He’s capable of playing all three outfield spots,” Antonetti said. “He’s spent most of the time in left and right, but we also believe he has the ability to play center field. He complements our roster really well as a right-handed-hitting outfielder that we think is capable of helping us at the major league level.”Moroff has split the last three seasons between Triple-A Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, appearing in 26 games for the Pirates in 2018.Antonetti dealing young players — especially pitchers — like Thomas and Mendoza is difficult, but sometimes necessary.“Two young pitchers out in Arizona that we like, that have some upside,” he said. “Obviously, they’re a little ways away from the major Leagues, being both 19 years old. So, guys that definitely have some potential to continue to grow and develop and develop into major league pitchers. But, for us to acquire Max and Jordan, we thought it was a worthwhile deal for us to make, because they’re two guys that can help our Major League team here in the near future.”


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