BOSTON – After a whirlwind day of trades, unlike any the Red Sox had seen before, the dust was beginning to settle on Friday, before the start of a three-game series against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Before the game, manager John Farrell stated his team’s goal for the remaining 54 games of the season.
“This isn’t a development situation,” he said. “It’s still about us going out and winning.”
But, it’s been the lack of winning that precipitated the moves that sent shockwaves throughout baseball yesterday. At 48-60, the Sox match a season-low 12 games below .500, in last place in the American League East, losers of eight of their last nine games.
“Where we are in the standing is unacceptable,” Farrell said. “That’s why changes were made.”
• Because of the trades, the Sox had to make several roster moves. So, here’s a recap:
Mookie Betts was called up and is in the starting lineup, playing center field.
Lefthander Tommy Layne was called up.
Righthander Alex Wilson was called up.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks was recalled from his extended rehab assignment and is in the starting lineup.
Yoenis Cespedes arrived at Fenway around 5 p.m., and is available later in the game.
Allen Craig is in the starting lineup, playing left field.
Righthander Joe Kelly was expected to arrive at Fenway today.
Infielder Kelly Johnson, who is on the disabled list, arrived at Fenway.
Shane Victorino was placed on the DL, his third stint this season, with a lower back ailment. He underwent an MRI earlier today and the Sox are awaiting results for full diagnosis.
Mike Carp was designated for assignment.
• With the trades, several players will move positions now.
Xander Bogaerts will go back to his preferred shortstop, and Will Middlebrooks will be at third.
Brock Holt will continue to move around, and will see time in center field against left-handed starts and on the left side of the infield against right-handed starters, while continuing to bat leadoff.
• Despite leaving a contender and going to a last-place team, Craig said he is excited to be joining the Sox.
"I'm excited to be a part of this organization and meet some of these guys,” he said. “Obviously, the tradition here is rich, winning the World Series last year. I'm just here to do my part and contribute to another good team.
"I've been really lucky in my career to be with the Cardinals for as long as I was and to get chance to play here is something I'm really excited about.
"Last year, in the World Series, was my first time [here] and I loved it. I love being here, I love the atmosphere. It was a great experience for me, so I'm happy to be back.''
Before the game, Craig worked with Daniel Nava in left field, while coach Arnie Beyeler hit balls off the wall for him.
• Cespedes was woken up Thursday morning by the news that he had been traded.
"I’m very happy to be here," he said through a translator, "to share a part of my career with the Red Sox, with such a legendary team."
He spent time in the clubhouse talking to Luis Tiant, a fellow Cuban, whom had met about a year ago. Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny told reporters John Lackey will start on Sunday, taking him out of the three-game series against the Sox that begins on Tuesday.
• Another move on the minor league side, lefthander Henry Owens was promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket and will make his debut for the PawSox on Monday.