Victims of Circumstance

The Red Sox traded Deven Marrero to the Diamondbacks over the weekend. Marrero was out of minor league options and needed to either make the final 2018 roster or get traded away. Unfortunately for him, he got caught behind the logjam of major league talent in the Sox infield.

After Blake Swihart locked up one of the utility spots last week thanks to an incredibly impressive Spring, Boston was left with 4 guys competing for the final bench spot. Marrero was one of those guys, and he was the first to go.

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The next sacrifice was Ivan De Jesus Jr. Although he’s been nothing more than a bit player thus far in his MLB career, he enjoyed a surprisingly productive Spring, hitting .388/.423/.974 in 49 at-bats. The 30-year old came into camp not really considered a Major League option, but impressed many within the coaching staff and media, opening the door for the possibility of a surprise inclusion on the final roster. He will begin the year with AAA Pawtucket.

(Photo credit: Boston Globe)

Sam Travis was the final piece to go. With Brock Holt’s recent injury history and dip in production, there were a lot of people pulling for Travis to break through. Holt came out on top, though, presumably because of his advantage in experience and versatility, and Travis was sent to Pawtucket along with De Jesus Jr. Travis, still only 24-years old, was perhaps the biggest power threat in Red Sox camp this year, hitting 6 HR for 17 RBI on the way to posting a .948 OPS. Able to play first and third base, it’s reported that he’ll occupy left field in AAA, perhaps in an attempt to increase his versatility and trade potential.

Although both Travis and De Jesus Jr. missed the cut, injuries are inevitable during the long season, so expect to see both of them in a Red Sox uniform at some point this year.

(Header photo credit: Boston Globe)

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