The move comes after the impending acquisition of J.D. Martinez cut the likelihood of Brentz making the final 25-roster down significantly.
P.S.: In a amusing coincidence, Martinez's new manager, Alex Cora, started at shortstop for Boston that day. His numbers for his last 162 games are enough to make pitchers in the AL East sweat:.305/.376/.636, 109 Runs, 51 HR and 127 RBI.
The deal, which includes an opt-out clause for Martinez, is pending a physical.
As he reworked his swing mechanics, approach at the plate and pregame preparation routine, Martinez credited the mentorship of former Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera, once one of the most feared hitters in the league. "I've been doing it my whole life, so it's nothing new", Betts said. "They're going to hit balls in the gap and balls over the fence". It seems as though Martinez's attempts to negotiate for more money only helped him get a slight increase in his contract. That's less a reflection on Martinez and more an indication of rotten timing. He has a close relationship with LeVangie, who was the bullpen coach when Martinez was pitching for Boston. "They had speed and guys that could get on base". Hanley Ramirez took most of Boston's DH at-bats last season. Now that the best pure hitter on the market is in the fold, they're here to remind us that they have real designs on the belt and the title in 2018.
Martinez started 112 games in right field a year ago. "(He's been) really smiling a lot. "They're running a two tight-end set".
Gennett hit.295 previous year and set career bests with 27 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Reds. He has admitted he "could have handled things better" last season, an admission that has impressed Martinez. "I think these were significant changes".
Still, Sabathia is looking forward to the challenge. "But I think probably next year will be quite different".
The 2015 All-Star gives the Red Sox a much-needed middle-of-the-order bat to compete with the Yankees after their stunning blockbuster addition of reigning NL MVP Stanton, who led the league with 59 homers last season.
Facing righty Pedro Baez in the seventh, Martinez went with an outside pitch and hit it deep into the All You Can Eat section in the Right Field Pavilion - an impressive opposite-field stroke for a righty.