The Red Sox announced today that they have optioned outfielder Jarren Duran to Triple-A Worcester. That seemingly paves the way for fellow outfielder Raimel Tapia to get a roster spot, and that will indeed be the case, per @BostonStrong_34 (Twitter links). Tapia isn’t on the 40-man roster and will require a corresponding move.
Tapia, 29, has spent most of his career with the Rockies but was traded to the Blue Jays prior to last year. He doesn’t hit for much power or walk a lot, but he limits strikeouts and brings a speed element. He stole just eight bases last year but swiped 20 bags the season prior. With the new rules that will encourage base stealing this year, perhaps that part of his game will take on some extra importance. As a hitter, he has 26 home runs in 567 career games to this point. He’s walked in just 5.5% of his plate appearances but also gone down on strikes just 18.5% of the time. His .277/.318/.392 batting line amounts to a wRC+ of 80. He is coming off a nice spring, however, as he hit a couple of home runs and slashed .326/.383/.605.
Tapia seemingly has value to Boston for his ability to play center field. With Trevor Story’s injury that will keep him out of most or perhaps all of the upcoming season, the Sox decided to move Enrique Hernández in from the outfield to cover shortstop. They then replaced him in center by signing Adam Duvall, who has never been an everyday option up the middle. The 34-year-old has less than 600 innings at the position in his career, all of which have come in the past three years.
Given that setup, it makes sense to have another player on the roster capable of filling in at center. Tapia isn’t especially experienced in center himself, as his 439 1/3 innings at that spot are actually less than Duvall’s. However, he’s got some good grades there for his career, including a +3 from Defensive Runs Saved and a +5 from Outs Above Average. It was reported last week that the Sox were viewing Tapia as a capable option up the middle, which seems to have helped him earn a spot on the roster.
That’s a job that could have fallen to Duran, who has mostly played center field in his career thus far. However, his first tastes of MLB action haven’t gone especially well. He’s hit .219/.269/.354 in 335 major league plate appearances thus far, leading to a wRC+ of 68. Despite those struggles, he’s not too far removed from being a top 100 prospect in the league. Given his potential upside, there’s merit in him getting regular playing time in the minors as opposed to backing up Duvall and spending much of his time on the bench. Tapia also had an opt-out on his minor league deal and Duran still has options, so this decision allows the club to keep both players around and maximize depth in center. Duran will start the season in Worcester and look to work his way back onto the big league club down the line.
Ryan Brasier has been optioned to Saturn
That’s better than Uranus.
Brasier, or Ort? That is the question.
Or, is someone going to finally hit the 60 day retroactively? Refresh my memory, aren’t there a couple guys who could hit the IL to open up a space?
Someone refresh my memory, has Paxton been put there yet? He’s not expected back till May right?
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Could be Mondesi to the 60 day IL.
Ort cloud is even further out than the planets
Brasier at least had a respectable FIP last year. Ort didn’t.
Brasier’s WHIP was 1.299 last year. which is slightly above average. He’s a fine back-of-the-bullpen option. The problem is when he is asked to be more than that.
That’s not the only problem. I would have rather kept a young guy like Darwinzon Hernandez than Ryan Brasier. But Bloom liked to DFA other players that seemed to be better options, or at least have the chance to be a better option.
I think the process is to create two buckets-one for the future and one for 2023. At the age of 26, my guess is that Ward, Politi, and Darwinzon were not part of the “future” bucket. And if the only other bucket is the 2023 bucket, I’m guessing you have to take Brasier.
Maybe it was just last year because yeah, last year was bad, but every big moment Brasier came in, the game was blown.
His FIP says otherwise. In any case, I think relying on the future is a poor mistake when you keep a guy who can’t win games in the present.
Brasier had two things going for in 2022-
1-He had a 2.25 in September, with a 13/2 K/W. It gives hope that he can revert to his 2018-2021 results.
2-He also had a 4.92 K/W for the full season. At a minimum of 60 IPs, that ranks Brasier #32 overall. That’s doesn’t matter if you can’t prevent runs, but 4.92 is elite.
Remind me what K/W is again?
Ort has been dfa’d
Definitely the right move. Tapia would not have made it through waivers otherwise.
Kaleb Ort will be the last man standing. When they finally kick out Bloom he will be forced to take Ort with him.
Ort pitched in 26 games for the Red Sox over 2 years.
I don’t think the attachment is as strong as you imagine.
So they’re giving Duran a 3rd year at AAA to mash pitching there? Over a guy with a 0.8 WAR in 1700+ innings? I get this is basically for 4th OFer and Duran ain’t looked good at all in his MLB debut so far, but Tapia is just empty AVG at this point.
Duran didn’t even have batting average. All Duran is is a AAA second baseman that has been playing out of position for too many years
Can’t say I agree or disagree but he’s clearly NOT an outfielder. Can he still learn the positions? I guess but he needs to learn how to play defense if he wants a chance to stay in the majors.
He was drafted as a second baseman.
Duran is sent down to learn what a glove is and how to use it. Not so much for hitting.
JBJ was always a prodigious hitter in AAA but never turned the page for MLB. Duran could be much the same, except lacking the exceptional defense.
Duran is so bad defensively he must take the worst routes in baseball it’s amazing how bad his outfield instincts are. Tapia isn’t great defensively but compared to Duran he’s a gold glover. You can’t carry Duran as a 4th outfielder you just can’t.
If his defense is so knowingly terrible in OF, why is that the only place they’ve played him in Spring Training? I would understand if they’re going to put him back in the INF in AAA, but the latest I’ve seen is they want Duran to keep working on some mechanical changes in his swing, with nothing noted about his defense.
A 4th OFer should have a decent glove and positional flexibility, so I get him not making the club, but it just seems like they don’t have an idea what to do with him. If he can hit at a level equal or better than Tapia, does he get the call back up?
Yes you can Bruin…if you want to burn out the staff and finish last again.
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Are there any stats that say Duran is horrible defensively? Just curious.
Raimel Tapia has a certain grand slam that could be blamed on durans amazing defense
Duran needs to dramatically improve at both the plate and in the field if he wants to be a real big leaguer, and he’s not gonna do that as a fifth OF. If Duran shows growth in AAA, Tapia can be cut in the blink of an eye. This is the correct move by the team for a guy whose only current value to a MLB team is as a pinch-runner
Tapia is a better CF than Duran, Duran plays every day in AAA which he needs, it maximizes depth. Tapia was a better choice at this time and situation!
I hope they DFA Ort.
Get Off My Mound
Oh the irony of this move is not lost on me. I really hope others on here get what I’m referring to.
I came here to see if anyone would mention this!
Are you implying Tapia has passed over Duran, just like a fly ball over the head?
As a 4th OF tapia is fine… I was hoping the jays would improve on the spot and was happy they let him go for that reason, but they didn’t really. I mean I guess I would still rather have Biggio or Merrifield taking that AB but it was a missed opportunity to upgrade there, especially with Springer and KK injury history. Anyways, Tapia is pretty replacement level but I’m sure Boston could do worse.
Is that the next pandemic growing in Tapia’s hair?
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If speed becomes a positive thing again in stolen bases.Duran could be a good outfielder to have.I would rather him hit gap to gap then trying to hit homers.Use the speed you have to your advantage.Outfield should be easy to learn.All you have to do is stand out there and catch the ball.I will say if i never played the outfield and got moved out there i would not have instincts to read balls of the bat.pop ups to second do not fly the same.
Having watched Tapia attempt to play CF for several years, I wish you good luck if you try and play him in center, The guy is LF only. He doesn’t have the range for center and doesn’t have the arm for right.
I support this move
I’m just happy Duran is playing every day and not on the bench.
Does anyone over value prospects like the Red Sox? Duran was supposedly the new Willie Mays 2 years ago. He’s not even Willie Mays Hayes. He can’t hit. His fielding is worse and his attitude sucks. I hope he likes Worcester he is going to be there a long while.
Bobby Dalbec another can’t miss kid who misses a lot as in K’s. It nice if it’s a humid August night if he’s playing he provides a nice breeze as he swings and misses. I’m so happy he’s in Worcester too. Last year watching captain clueless strike out every at bat was maddening. At least Franchie is gone.
Total exaggeration. Nobody was saying Duran was Willie Mays, and Dalbec’s contact problems have always been well-documented. The Red Sox are far from the only team who has 45 FV prospects bust.
Does anyone over value prospects like the Red Sox? Duran was supposedly the new Willie Mays 2 years ago.
He was a fringy top-100 prospect that hit the ratings chart for one year.
Here we go “the new Willie Mays”. That was never said by a fan of the Red Sox ever. Repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth.
It’s the same crap that the haters say, and they’ve been doing this forever. The best part is when they imply that somehow, the RS FO is the ones pushing the prospect status.
If Stan wants to let us know which rating agency compared Duran to Willie Mays, I’d be happy to see it.
Nothing you wrote could be considered even remotely true
If we are going to knock players for having “empty” batting averages, we also need to consider league context and that league batting average rose by over .010 during the first week of ST compared to 2022 ST.
Like, yes, it’s still going to be preferable to have a player with more on base and power as opposed to solely contact. But the importance of contact, isolated, changes at the point that shifting is banned.
This decision has a lot more to do with maximizing MLB ready depth and not wanting to give a mid 20s guy 30 at bats a month, as opposed to some sort of firm declaration that Duran’s career is already over and Tapia is an unquestionably better player.
Well it looks like my pal Brais made the team… (with a little help from his friend Ort) show them the lights out reliever you were in 18..( if the lights were already dimmed) I believe in you!!( also believe in Nessie and Bigfoot) don’t know about you guys but glad to have baseball starting.. whatever our outcome.. play ball!!!!
Tapia seemed to hit really well against the Sox last year, lets hope that carries over to actually playing for them.
Stats don’t tell the whole story. Many of his hits vs the Sox (especially in Fenway) were complete flukes, especially in the blowout games
With 72M in actual dead money, a farm system headlined by Chavis, and a roster bereft of young inexpensive talent?
One reporter caught Bloom commenting to DD as by happenstance they crossed paths as DD was exiting and CB was entering the GM office.
Baseball is back! Even Dan S spun a yarn with a bright outlook re the state of baseball in his last column
Spring Hope is eternal. At least until the RS start ruining my summah.
2020 last place is on Dombroski !!!!!! Ownership forced Bloom to dump Price and Betts! With very little money below the CBT Bloom still managed to acquire enough talent for a 2021 ALCS. Bloom goofed bringing back JBJ and left holes in the roster in 2022. IMO 2023 is the first real ‘Bloom’ team that really has his stamp as he no longer has JD, Bogaerts, Prices dead money…. to deal with.
2020 last place is on Dombroski !!!!!!
This is something that the Bloom-haters will never understand. 2018 & 2019 are both part of the same program. The DD moves that got us the 2018 WS (Sale, Price, Eovaldi, JD, Pearce and Kimbrel) are the same moves that undermined 2019 when all the same players moved sideways.
It isn’t a knock on DD. We won the WSC. But anyone that can’t see the connection between their price tag, and their production in 2019, is being completely unrealistic.
And I agree that this is the year the Bloom era starts. We have $92M wrapped in Story, Jansen, Yoshida, Kluber, Turner, Martin & Duvall. If they perform well, all is good. If they don’t, Bloom is fair game.
JC#1 Bloom fouled this team up last year. The Betts trade was one of the worst Bloom made. Only two guys to show Verdugo who is okay and a catcher who cannot hit in Wong. Jeter Downs is gone. He traded for JBJ and traded Renfroe which was a terrible trade. Schwarber wanted to stay and his 40 homeruns would look great now. Another terrible Bloom Deal. He is enthralled with prospects and many do not make it. His 2023 Offseason has been a disaster loosing Bogaerts when he could have negotiated with him last year. We are being picked for last place because this team is a train wreck and hopefully Bloom and his reign of incompetence will be over this year.
Tapia is a. 277 lifetime hitter this was a no brainer that Cora made seem difficult. They should’ve also kept Alfardo who’s a 256.life time avg. But they chose Wong who hasn’t proved crap in MLB yet? And got rid of a proven commodity? Just like they gave away Benny and Renfroe for nothing! Pure stupidity!
But they chose Wong who hasn’t proved crap in MLB yet?
I liked the Alfaro acquisition quite a bit, but Alfaro hasn’t proven anything either.