Abad Joins Red Sox. Sale Deal Off?

The Red Sox obtained some much needed relief pitching from the Minnesota Twins today. Needing more relief pitching, Fernando Abad joins Red Sox pitching staff with hours left to go before Monday’s 4pm trade deadline. In terms of Chris Sale, however, all signs point to no deal between the Red Sox and White Sox southpaw.

USA Today’s Bob Nightingale has stated that the Chicago White Sox will keep Chris SaleAbad Joins Red Sox after Monday’s trade deadline. Despite high hopes, the Red Sox reportedly spent most of last night trying to work out a deal for Sale. As of 3:30 pm though, no deal has been announced. With that, it is likely that Sale will remain with the White Sox for the remainder of the season. The Red Sox will walk away from today with at least one new addition to their pitching roster though.

Abad Joins Red Sox

Fernando Abad comes from Minnesota after posting a 1-4 record in 39 games this season. Abad’s numbers aren’t particularly strong. However, it’s hard to blame him for his paltry season. The Twins currently rank 20th in on-base percentage (.317) and 18th in runs scored (461). With the Red Sox offense, there’s a good chance that Abad could be a missing piece to a bullpen puzzle. Maybe Abad will become our premiere closer. Who knows?

Abad joins the Red Sox as its bullpen continues to struggle. Craig Kimbrel went onto the disabled list with a bad knee weeks ago and hasn’t returned yet. Koji Uehara is out indefinitely with a strained right pectoral muscle. Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly aren’t working out the way the team has hoped. The addition of Chris Sale might have been a welcome sight for the Red Sox, who could have moved one of their stronger pitchers to the bullpen, but as I’ve said before, Sale is too unpredictable. So as Abad joins Red Sox staff, it’ll be interesting to see how he’ll contribute.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia scores big against the Twins in a 5-0 victory

Victory

Photo by Christopher Evans: Rip City Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasts a double during yesterday’s game against the Marlins in Jupiter, FL.

 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, nicknamed ‘Salty”, could be the next star hitter for the Red Sox this year.  His presence in Fort Myers, Florida at Jet Blue Park Friday night showed positive results in that he hit his first homerun of the season, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead.  At the bottom of the fourth, when the Sox were already up by 1, Saltalamacchia drove Mike Napoli to the plate shifting the score to a 3-0 lead against the Minnesota Twins. Not only is he an asset to the offense, but he also excels as a confident catcher.  His presence and focus on the game stem from his strategy to, “keep things simple”.

Check out the highlights of Friday night’s game at http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=bos&content_id=25742761&partnerId=as_mlb_20130316_6434134

The 5-0 victory against the Twins was only a glimpse at what Saltalamacchia has proven throughout camp. At present he is hitting .417 with five RBI’s. He is a solid performer and, if he keeps it up, the Sox have a chance to make it to the World Series.

Felix Doubront will hopefully solidify a spot as a starting pitcher. Friday evening Doubront held the Twins back as he allowed only two hits in four innings. With John Farrell back, this time as manager, and the fact he knows most of the guys, there is a different chemistry among the players that was not there last season. Farrell is a very confident guy.  He’s in it for one purpose and that is to lead the team to win the World Series.  The fact of the matter is that all of the players this time around are in it for the very same reason – to win the World Series.