The Red Sox have selected right-hander Domingo Tapia’s contract, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweets. They also placed southpaw Josh Taylor on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 8, with left shoulder tendinitis and shifted righty Colten Brewer to the 45-day IL. Brewer’s season is now over.
The 29-year-old Tapia began his professional career as a member of the Mets, with whom he was a decently ranked prospect on multiple occasions (Baseball America placed him in the team’s top 20 three times). But Tapia didn’t get past the Double-A level with the Mets through 2016, his final season with the organization, and topped out in Triple-A ball with the Reds from 2017-18. He spent all of last year with the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, posting a 5.18 ERA/5.31 FIP with 7.09 K/9 and 4.36 BB/9 in 66 innings.
The Red Sox were counting on Taylor to fill an important role in their bullpen when this season began, but his year has been a nightmare. While Taylor had a very good rookie season last year, his 2020 was a delayed as a result of a positive coronavirus test. Taylor debuted Aug. 17, but he has since surrendered eight earned runs on seven hits and five walks (with seven strikeouts) in 7 1/3 innings.
Is he related to Rockies’ leadoff man Ramiel Tapia? Both are from the Dominican Republic.
I was wondering that too, but after looking at his bio, I don’t think so. It says he has 7 brothers, but the 3 that also played professionally were not named Domingo.
Thanks for checking. Astros gonna blow the playoff spot? Two games at Dodger Stadium this weekend and they aren’t close to wrapping it up. Probably too steep of a hill for the Rangers to climb, but Seattle is just two back and the Angels four despite playing just .400 ball. If the Astros lose both games at Dodger Stadium this weekend, it might get interesting. Is a .400 team battling for a playoff spot good for the game?
Last year in Pawtucket Tapia got hit hard thus the 5.18 ERA. He was a minor league free agent, but resigned as he throws upper 90s and will touch 100. He is a fly ball pitcher, so he gives up a lot of extra base hits. He is strictly emergency depth…..
I think the Red Sox are giving almost every pitcher on the 60-man roster a look in the mlb…..
Bradley is making $11 million this year. There is no way he is resigned unless he signs a 1 or 2 year contract for less than half of what he is making otherwise the Red Sox go elsewhere……
Hoping the Sox ask JBJ to bring his best offer back to them assuming he wants to stay. I see either he or Pillar back with the club.
Pillar signed for 1 year and $4 million. I think he would resign whereas I do not see Bradley signing for that. Pillar is right handed vs Duran is a left handed hitter which is a better compliment.
I don’t see Duran ready in 21.
I did not think he would be ready until I watched him in over ten of the Sim City Pawtucket games which are available online…..watch him and then decide. He looks really good against AAA and some mlb pitching. I do not think he will be ready by April, but mid to later in the year I think he will be contributing in Boston.
Pitching is thin throughout the game. I thought it would get better as the season wore on but instead it is getting worse. All these lopsided. blowouts we’re seeing are a joke. A bunch more tonight. Some of these teams brought their starters along slowly figuring they would become more durable as time passed. But the opposite is proving true. Starters are getting lit up while relievers are gassed. Ugly stuff.
We Certainly do NOT need expansion as there is not enough pitching to go around. Once a team falls behind in a game they use the least effective pitchers on their staff which makes the games even more lopsided. With opt-outs and injuries pitching staffs are being filled with a ton of AAA pitchers. A lot of these AAA pitchers i never thought i would see in the MLB (like Tapia).
Contraction will never happen but I agree something has to change. These lopsided games have to be watched by less and less fans and ratings is where it will hit the league. I still say, adjust the parks and equipment to make the newer stadium harder to hit HRs. Back in the 70s and 80s, it was something to watch when Jim Rice would hit a ball over the monster or to the CF bleachers. He was then considered one of the strongest players in the game. Now it seems to happen daily with so many capable of doing it. Are they all as strong as Rice was? I don’t think so.
A lot of teams don’t want to use their better arms once they are down significantly with these doubleheaders coming up.
At this point Boston really should be trying to use the bottom of the barrel and not even trying to bring guys back off the IL.
3 games behind PIT again for the #1 pick, and 1 back of TEX.
There is one thing, and one thing only, for the club to win this season. Time to go get it.
Is there an obvious stud for number one with a deep drop thereafter? If not, who cares?
Yes, there are 2 stud pitchers in the draft…..exactly what the RS need.
Read an article that said Boston has never drafted in the first three spots. It would be nice for a change
Will do. Thanks 4W.
I don’t know what to think of Chaim Bloom at the moment. He hasn’t tied us to big money deals, which is great, but he also has made few impacts with signing players. Some moves made no sense, like Lucroy. Peraza is worse than Holt, who fans loved. I give him credit for dismantling and rebuilding but I’m not impressed with his impact deals, as there virtually are none. Pillar was good, but he’s no longer here.
You need money for impact deals and he had none this year. He first needed to cut payroll and open spots on the roster which he has done. This off season he can start to spend on below age 30 controlable players.
The Sox tried the cheap FA signings–I don’t see Hall at all.
Weber is improving with each outing.
I think Brasier and Barnes make up a decent end of game combo.
The manager is doing his best but I think he is looking for Game 60.
I would like to see them give Varitek a shot @ managing
Hopefully Taylor, ERod and Sale can return healthy in 2021.
They need to solidify 2 B. Dalbec will need to carry over and make more progress next season.
Verdugo looks to be a very nice pick-up. They have a good catching tandem. Duran hopefully can take over one of the OF slots.
I’ve not been sold on Chavis –too much of a free swinger. His K’s get old. If he hit 20-25 dingers that might be different but over a 162 game season you need many singles & doubles to make you a contributor with value.
He will be a AAAA player unless he practices ‘see the ball hit the ball’ theory. JBJ is the same. You watch them when they Swing & Miss–their heads and eyes–are not watching the ball.. It would be nice to see JBJ in CF with the two kids in LF & RF.
Devers, Xander, Arroyo, Dalbec in the Inf.
I agree with ‘looie belongsinthe hall’–if JBJ wants to come back for ‘$3 to 5 M per, plus incentives-I would like to have him. I enjoyed watching Pillar–he was a nice pick-up.
Hopefully the C’s will continue their quest and Cam can make us put TB 12 in the rear view for the next 17 weeks.
Same old dregs they keep marching out! Why are we giving bloom any credit at all? Oh boy! Getting a haul of mediocre triple a pitchers is a good thing??they won’t help Pawtucket win let alone Boston!!
Eduardo Rodriguez, Brock Holt, Stephen Wright, Heath Hembree, Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and many others are examples of players who came to the Red Sox as minor leaguers in trades. The players the Red Sox received in trades with Philadelphia and San Diego may turn out to be solid mlb players. The pitchers like Godley, Springs, Hall, Leyer,…..were roster filler just to get to the end of the season and will be DFA or non-tendered. At this point Bloom just wants to see what he has. Tapia will get a few more looks as a guy who can throw 100 mph does not come along every day, but unless he has significantly improved he will not be resigned. He good hit hard last year and issued a lot of walks.