Saturday, March 8, 2014
Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 Tuesday night, with a double and triple at Fenway Park.
One of the first comments I read was that "Reddick keeps increasing his trade value."
Um, I don't think so.
Once upon a time, Reddick was certainly a trade candidate. The Red Sox already had five outfielders in Boston, and Ryan Kalish was in Pawtucket, awaiting his return to Fenway.
But Kalish has been on the disabled list since April 23 with a shoulder injury.
In Boston, Carl Crawford is on the DL with a strained hamstring. He is expected back soon, but J.D. Drew (.230) is in a season-long slump. Back-ups Mike Cameron (.153) and Darnell McDonald (.114) have been ineffective.
Reddick has a little speed, can play all three outfield spots, and can get hot at the plate. He's had only 29 at-bat in the majors, but is hitting .429 (nine hits).
Reddick might be the kind of guy Boston would trade FOR as insurance in its run for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Pawtucket has another outfielder who once played for Boston. Daniel Nava got off to a terrible start this year and was dropped from the 40-man roster. He's been hot lately, hitting .4-5 over his last nine games, bumping his average to .260.
Felix Doubront started for the PawSox Tuesday: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K. ERA is now 2.68.
Sea Dogs first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez (.273) enjoyed a 5-RBI night, including his second home run. See the Press Herald game story.
Lowell features two brothers from Australia - Boss and Moko Moanaroa. Boss, 19, is off to a good start, hitting .333 in four games with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.
The Sea Dogs play at 7 tonight at Hadlock Field.
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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