Garin Cecchini Not Worried About Surroundings

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When the Boston Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval to a five-year $95 million deal, Red Sox nation was relieved that the third base spot would be filled for the next few seasons.
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The deal, however, effects third base prospect Garin Cecchini the most, as he looked to compete for a job at the hot corner in the near future. Despite being blocked at the big league level, Cecchini is trying to say positive.

garin cecchini“Well, I mean, honestly, when I first heard that they signed him, I was happy because I get to work with someone who was a World Series champion, an MVP,” Cecchini told “I know how good a player he is and I can learn all aspects of the game from him and obviously you see how good he is. It’s only a plus that I can learn from someone like that.”

Highly-touted in the Minor Leagues, there has been a considerable amount of hype surrounding Cecchini in recent seasons. A lifetime .298 hitter in the farm system, Cecchini got his first taste of the show last season, going eight-for-31 with three walks and a home run.

Even though scouts have high hopes for the Louisiana native, he is apathetic to where he is ranked on prospect lists.

“I don’t really think about that,” said Cecchini. “I’ve always been told that good players don’t get blocked from the Major Leagues. I’ve always believed that. I feel like I’m a good player and I feel like I can help the Red Sox win, so any way I can help them win, I’m capable of doing it. You just wait for your opportunity and produce at Triple-A and have patience.”
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Last year for the Paw Sox, Cecchini experimented by playing left field while Will Middlebrooks was on a rehab assignment. Manager Kevin Boles said that the organization tried to create versatility in the organization to try to help out the big league club so that players have a way to make the team.

Despite what Boles made clear last season, Cecchini has not been getting much work in the outfield this season.
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“They told me to strictly work at third base until told otherwise,” Cecchini said. “That’s what I’m going to do and I’m excited about the opportunity to get to show what I can do at Triple-A. It’s going to be good.”

Garin Cecchini Confident In His Ability

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Signing former San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval to five year deal worth $95 million, the Boston Red Sox locked up the hot corner for the next few years. Backing up Sandoval will be utility man Brock Holt, who has shown off all kinds of versatility by playing everywhere except for pitcher and catcher. Left out of the picture for now is prospect Garin Cecchini and although there is not a spot for him on the big league club, he is happy that Boston signed the Kung Fu Panda.
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garin cecchini“I take it as a positive for my career,” Cecchini told The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham last week in Fort Myers. “I get to hang out with a great player like Sandoval and work with him in spring training. That has to help me.”

“It’s easy to say, ‘Where is my spot?’ But I can’t worry about that. You have to create your own opportunity.”

Last year, Cecchini added to his versatility by taking reps in left field for the Paw Sox, impressing manager Kevin Boles. Making the most of his big league opportunity last season, Cheech went 8-for-31 in 11 games for Boston, drawing three walks with a homer in his tenure.
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“Now that I’ve had a little success in the big leagues, I have confidence in my ability and know what I can do. I know I can help the Red Sox win. I understand Pablo is in front of me, but I hope I can do something to help.”

Headed into the 2015 season, Cecchini will resume his role as the Paw Sox starting third baseman and likely will still be making an occasional appearance in the outfield. He got hot late last year, hitting .333 with a .413 OBP in August and is on the Red Sox 40-man roster. If he is able to carry some of that momentum over into this season, nothing but good things will happen.
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Sandoval, Ramirez Agree to Terms with Red Sox

hanley ramirezAfter nine long years of being Hanley-free, the Boston Red Sox will be re-united with their former top prospect if all goes according to plan. Joining him will be third baseman Pablo Sandoval who has been a member of the San Francisco Giants his entire career.
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The 30-year-old Ramirez agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. A four year deal worth $88 million is the contract according to multiple reports.

Ramirez’ tenor with the Boston Red Sox big league club was brief to say the least. He had two at-bats in two games late in the year back in 2005 — he struck out in both at-bats. Before the season, he was rated the tenth best prospect in all of baseball.
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That off-season, he was dealt to the then Florida Marlins along with Anibal Sanchez and two other prospects in exchange for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota. Beckett and Lowell were key pieces of the Red Sox 2007 World Series championship, but some people still regretted the traded given Hanley’s success in the big leagues.

A career .300/.373/.500 hitter in ten big league season, Ramirez, who primarily plays shortstop, also has experience at third and has expressed a willingness to play left field if necessary. He is versatile, but a career -4.0 WAR makes him a liability in the field — not a help.
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Right now, it appears as though he would start in left field for the Red Sox as the team also agreed to terms with Pablo Sandoval which seems like overkill. If the Red Sox do indeed sign both him and Pablo Sandoval, Ramirez would end up moving positions. Getting both Sandoval and Ramirez to sign contracts would be nice for the Red Sox, but don’t forget Xander Bogaerts still exists.

For Boston, it appears as though they are getting the better end of the Ramirez deal. $18 million a year for a guy who finished second in the MVP voting back in 2009 seems like a bargain.

Hopefully, Hanley Ramirez does better in Boston than former Tampa Bay Rays superstar Carl Crawford.
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As for Sandoval, it seems certain he will man the hot corner— for now. He lacks the athleticism of Ramirez to roam the outfield making a corner infield spot the right fit.

Sandoval is set to earn more than Ramirez as he agreed to a five year deal worth $100 million after hitting .279 with a .324 OBP in 157 games for the Giants while clubbing 16 home runs. Known for his bat versus right-handed pitching, the switch-hitter should stick to the left side of the plate where he shines.
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After these deals are finalized, the Red Sox need to focus on pitching. They need two starting pitchers to help anchor their rotation after a sub-par performance in 2014.

You’re next Jon Lester, watch out!