Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Red Sox released their full list of cuts today, so you can add first baseman Lars Anderson and outfielder Juan Carlos Linares to the list.
Anderson was designated for Triple-A Pawtucket, while Linares was reassigned to minor league camp.
The difference in the wording is that Anderson is on the 40-man roster and must be formally sent to a minor league team, while Linares is on a minor league contract and can simply be moved down to the minors.
The way Linares has impressed in the Arizona Fall League and in spring training, chances are good that he will go to Pawtucket (although the PawSox will have a crowded outfield with the likes to Ryan Kalish, Josh Reddick, Daniel Nava, not to mention Bubba Bell).
The cuts leave 43 players in camp, 34 of them on the 40-man roster, nine of them not.
Here are the likely cuts (or "designations" or "reassignments"):
Of the nine non-roster players, eight are likely headed to Pawtucket: pitchers Brandon Duckworth, Matt Fox, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller and Randy Williams, catcher Paul Hoover, and infielders Drew Sutton and Nate Spears (pictured).
Dennys Reyes is a non-roster lefty is has impress in spring training. He reportedly has an opt-out in his contract if he doesn't make the major league club, so the Red Sox may hang onto him.
If Reyes makes the team, then 10 players from the 40-man roster will have to go down. here's a guess: pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Scott Atchison, Michael Bowden, Felix Doubront, Hideki Okajima and Junichi Tazawa, catcher Mark Wagner, and outfielders Kalish, Nava and Reddick.
That is assuming reliever Matt Albers makes the team (if Albers is cut, he is out of minor league options and would have to be removed from the 40-man roster, allowing another team to pick him up).
Meanwhile, the current Triple-A team played an exhibition game Thursday. With so many future Pawtucket players still in major league camp, the current Pawtucket team has a lot of Double-A players on it.
Pitcher Kyle Weiland, who is likely headed back to Portland, started for Pawtucket Thursday, throwing three scoreless innings. Sea Dogs outfielders Che-Hsuan Lin (2-for-3) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (home run) shined. See the Pawsox website.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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