Boston Red Sox

  • Tuesday was more of the same for the Red Sox.

    Once again on the wrong end of shaky pitching, Alex Cora’s club suffered their third straight loss, and their seventh loss in their last 10 games. The Red Sox continued to lose ground in the American League wild card race, too, and now sit nine games back of the third and final wild card spot. (Like Vince Carter said back at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, it’s over.)

    But the night did come with an organizational update of sorts, as the Red Sox confirmed the addition of a minor-league pitcher from the White Sox, which officially closed the book on the Jake Diekman trade from almost a full month ago.

  • Originally drafted by the White Sox with a sixth-round pick in 2021 (No. 185 overall), Broadway will report to the Red Sox organization in the midst of a 2022 campaign spent almost completely with the White Sox’ Double-A affiliate Birmingham Barons.

    Deployed 37 times by the ex-minor league team of Michael Jordan this season, the 25-year-old Broadway has posted a 3-2 record, 4.74 ERA, and fanned 74 batters in 49.1 innings of work. Broadway, who played his college ball at Mississippi, has also been tagged for 58 hits (including eight home runs) and 26 runs over that sample, with batters hitting .289 off him this season.

    But there appears to be more than meets the raw data when it comes to Broadway.

  • As RSS noted, the ‘stuff’ seems to be there, and that alone is worth the gamble.

    Especially when you’re talking about a “player to be named later.”

  • There’s also no denying that the Red Sox could use more bullpen arms in their pipeline.

    The team’s top two pitching prospects, Brayan Bello and Bryan Mata, still project as starters. And the Red Sox have been through absolute hell in the bullpen this season, with Chaim Bloom simply trying anything and everything to build even somewhat passable MLB bullpen. (It has not worked.)

  • Getting anything out of Broadway would only add more value to a trade that’s looking like an early win for the Red Sox, really, given Reese McGuire’s Boston start.

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 24: Reese McGuire #3 of the Boston Red Sox throws during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on August 24, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 24: Reese McGuire #3 of the Boston Red Sox throws during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on August 24, 2022. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Through an obviously small 17-game sample size, McGuire has been more than capable, with a .385 batting average (20-for-52) along with four extra-base hits and five RBIs. McGuire, a first-round pick in 2013, has also provided solid defense behind the plate.

    The 26-year-old is also staring down an arbitration year one this offseason, meaning that he will be under team control through 2025, which is of obvious interest to the Sox.

  • CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 03: Jake Diekman #55 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 03, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 03: Jake Diekman #55 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 03, 2022. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Diekman, meanwhile, has been a wreck out of Chicago’s bullpen.

  • Summoned out of the bullpen 13 times since moving from Boston to Chicago, Diekman has taken two losses, and owns a 5.00 ERA and 2.11 WHIP, in just nine innings of work for the White Sox.

    And in addition to the 11 hits and eight walks allowed over that nine-inning sample, Diekman has surrendered at least one run in four of his last six appearances.

    Diekman’s worrisome July with the Red Sox turned out to be an undeniable sign of what was to come, and you have to credit Bloom & Co. for selling high on a guy who was ‘just another arm’ in a Red Sox bullpen that’s proven to be full of ’em.