The Boston Red Sox have officially given Jhonny Peralta his release from AAA Pawtucket
When the Red Sox acquired Jhonny Peralta and added them to the minor league roster, many wondered what the point of that move was. Were they planning on just giving him 3rd base and keeping Pablo Sandoval in AAA? Some expect the Panda to be released as well given how his performance game after game has been terrible. Were they not content with how Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin had performed thus far?
Peralta didn’t do the best but did manage to get a couple of home runs during his short time in Pawtucket. His slash of .200/2/5 wasn’t the best and the Red Sox felt it best to give him a chance to find a job elsewhere as he was not going to get the chance to play in Boston. Marrero and Lin have filled in admirably. The need for a 3rd baseman wasn’t a necessity going forward in the near future.
Some had thought that the Red Sox would try and go out and get Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox. Red Sox fans can rest assured that Sox brass haven’t needed to pull the trigger on another desperation move. With the opening now there in AAA, Sox fans have to wonder who comes up next? Do they finally promote Rafael Devers?
Devers so far at AA is slashing .300/18/56 through 77 games which also leads the team. Only two players that had over 150 at bats had a better batting average and one of those two (Lin) is currently playing for the Red Sox. Devers more than likely with the possibility of the Kung Fu-less Panda being released or unlikely traded, would be playing in Boston at some point next season.
The Red Sox will host the Yankees at home starting a four game series Friday night followed by a four game series with the Blue Jays. Drew Pomeranz will get the nod first. Pom is 3 – 0 over his last five starts and is 6 – 1 over his 10 starts. He’ll look to keep on track with his 6th straight appearance allowing no more than two earned runs.
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