June 19, 2024

Crimson Sox

Boston provides a aid pitcher to the roster to kick off its offseason strikes.

Isaiah Campbell made his MLB debut in July this yr. AP Photograph/Maddy Grassy
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Craig Breslow made his first commerce as Crimson Sox chief baseball officer on Friday evening.

Boston is buying and selling second baseman Luis Urias to the Seattle Mariners in trade for right-handed pitcher Isaiah Campbell.

The Crimson Sox initially acquired Urias through a commerce with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this yr on the day of MLB’s commerce deadline (Aug. 1) in trade for right-handed pitcher Bradley Blalock. Urias performed in 32 video games for Boston in 2023 and recorded a .225 batting common, 20 hits, 13 RBIs, and two house runs. He dedicated two errors at second base in 28 video games on the place.

Urias’s exit from the crew begins to assist free the Crimson Sox’s logjam at second base on its roster. The crew’s depth chart at second base seems to be like this following the commerce: Enmanuel Valdez, Pablo Reyes, Ceddanne Rafaela (additionally an outfielder), and David Hamilton. 

Different gamers who fielded the place for the Crimson Sox in 2023 embody Christian Arroyo, Yu Chang, Bobby Dalbec, Enrique Hernandez, Trevor Story, Justin Turner, and Connor Wong. Boston must solidify second base in 2024 and keep away from happening the merry-go-round path because it did in 2023. The membership has been linked to free agent Whit Merrifield as a possible answer up the center.

As for Campbell, the 26-year-old righty made his massive league debut in July of this yr. In 27 aid appearances this previous season, Campbell posted a 2.83 ERA over 28.2 innings. Batters hit .210 in opposition to him and scored solely 9 instances. Campbell gathered 33 strikeouts in comparison with permitting 13 walks. His 10.36 strikeouts per 9 stands out on the stat sheet.

Standing at 6-foot-4-inches and 230 kilos, Campbell provides the Crimson Sox a brand new pitching prospect presumably for its bullpen. With relievers Justin Garza and Joely Rodriguez hitting free company, Breslow could possibly be seeking to tie up unfastened ends in that space of the pitching workers.

In keeping with Baseball Savant, Campbell depends on three pitches: his fastball (46.9 p.c utilization in 2023), slider (38.1 p.c), and sweeper (15.1 p.c). His slider seems to be his most dominant pitch. That pitch put batters away 30.9 p.c of the time and struck them out 17 instances. Hitters logged a batting common of simply .137 when seeing Campbell’s slider.

Boston solely appears to be getting began by way of including pitching this winter. The crew has been linked to free agent starters Jordan Montgomery and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Different top-of-the-rotation arms comparable to Sonny Grey, Aaron Nola, and Blake Snell are additionally available on the market.