When Betts is gone, Red Sox will fill holes in OF and at start

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Win. To dance. Clear.

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<p class = "Canvas Atom Canvas Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Together, Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi formed one of the best outfields in baseball and became fan favorites by following spectacular catches with their choreographed postgame celebrations “Win, Dance, Repeat”. Now that the Red Sox are learning to live without beds, his former outfielder colleagues and their new partner are finding out Alex Verdugowho came to Boston in the trade that sent the 2018 AL MVP and Pitcher David Price to the Dodgers. “data-reactid =” 24 “> Together Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi formed one of the best outfields in baseball and became fan favorites by following spectacular catches with their choreographed” Win, Dance, Repeat “celebrations Now that the Red Sox are learning to live without beds, his former outfielder colleagues are finding out with her new partner Alex Verdugo, who came to Boston to trade and sent the AL MVP 2018 and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers ,

“It’s one of those things where you have to meet the person and see them play,” Bradley said this week. ” Sometimes people just have this natural connection. It could be something that is just seamless.

As long as you can speak, he said. ” That’s what communication is about. If you have good communication, less bad things will happen. ”

Betts, Bradley and Benintendi were one of the best outfields in franchise history and the best local trio since Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans. All in their twenties, the fans imagined how they had robbed Hitter of Homer for years.

But when Betts made $ 27 million this season and the Red Sox tried to lose their salary, they traded him along with David Price and half of the $ 96 million remaining on the 2012 AL Cy Young winner’s contract the Dodgers. In return, they got outfielder Alex Verdugo and two prospective customers.

The 23-year-old Verdugo battled 294 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs last year before a back injury ended his season early in August. The Red Sox admitted this week that he may not be ready to open the season.

“He’s going through things and we’ll see where we are,” manager Ron Roenicke said on Friday.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Also this week the Red Sox signed the outfielder Kevin Pillar on a $ 4.25 million one-year contract. He spent more than six seasons with Toronto before playing in San Francisco for most of last year. He is a .261 batsman with 76 homers and 318 RBIs who is also known for his long defense range. “Data-reactid =” 31 “> Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar signed a one-year contract for $ 4.25 again this week. He spent more than six seasons in Toronto before playing in San Francisco for most of last year He is a .261 batsman with 76 homers and 318 RBIs who is also known for his long defense range.

Pillar is also a right-handed batsman who gives Roenicke a certain flexibility in the line-up. Betts, Benintendi and Verdugo are all lefties.

He knows how to play the game, said Roenicke. ” I wasn’t really feeling well when he came on the plate. In big situations I thought he would give them a nice punch. ”

Pillar arrived at the spring training clubhouse with a Blue Jays gear bag on Friday. He said a quick hello to some teammates, including Benintendi and Mitch Moreland, and then disappeared to clear the physical hurdle that was the final hurdle before his deal became official.

“He will be able to help the team win,” said Bradley. ” He can play the game at a high level and help a ball club on both sides of the ball. So I have the ultimate respect for him. ”

For Benintendi, mixing the roster could also mean moving in the field order. Betts spent most of the time in Boston as a leadoff hitter, although Benintendi was the first to beat in 48 games last season. He scored 0.256 with a base percentage of 0.355 and was the first batsman in the game to beat 0.119 with just one additional base hit.

Benintendi said the problem was not number 1.

” I had a little slump when I started. Obviously a lot is said about me taking the lead, ”he said with a giggle. ” It’s like anywhere else in the lineup. You just have to hit the first inning first. But other than that, it’s the same. And I don’t mind at all. If I have to do it, I’ll do it. ”

Roenicke said he was open to giving Benintendi another shot.

“Bennie definitely can,” he said, adding that Verdugo was an option. ” I think we have to see. You know, we have a couple of new players, so we’ll see where they fit. ”

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