McAdam: It may be time to shop Shoppach

756850.jpg

McAdam: It may be time to shop Shoppach

Wednesday should have been a highlight for Kelly Shoppach.
The catcher had a walk, a single, threw out a would-be base stealer and a key two-run homer which ultimately represented the winning margin in the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
It was Shoppach's first start since the first series of the trip and Bobby Valentine made mention of the fact that Shoppach had come into his office on Tuesday to inquire why he wasn't playing more.
(The answer should have been obvious -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been hot and displaying power on his own, while also coaxing two fine starts from Josh Beckett, who had previously been paired with Shoppach).
Valentine managed to reveal that Shoppach "left (the office) angry.''
It's a poorly kept secret that Valentine was not a backer of Shoppach in spring training and had argued, in vain, to go with a combination of Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway. If Shoppach is going to be unhappy in his current role, perhaps it's time for the Red Sox to see what sort of market exists for him.
The Washington Nationals are known to be looking for help behind the plate, as are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As a free agent, Shoppach would have to approve of any deal made before June 15, but if he's unhappy to complain about playing time, surely he would waive his right to go somewhere else.

Top Red Sox prospect Sam Travis out for year with torn ACL

sam-travis-red-sox-spring-training-3-17-2016.jpg

Top Red Sox prospect Sam Travis out for year with torn ACL

As good as things have gone for the Red Sox so far in 2016, their 2017 prospects took a bit of a blow over the weekend.

Sam Travis -- one of the organization's top prospects, and someone who opened a lot of eyes with an impressive spring-training showing this year -- suffered a torn ACL on Sunday while playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox and will be lost for the rest of the season. He was hurt while playing first base, collapsing as he chased down an opposition baserunner during a rundown play. He had to be helped off the field, and the extent of the injury was announced on Monday.

With David Ortiz retiring at the end of this season and Hanley Ramirez expected to replace him as the full-time designated hitter, the door was open for Travis to become the Red Sox' first baseman next year. Playing at Triple-A for the first time, the 22-year-old Travis -- honored by the Red Sox as their Minor League Offensive Player of the the Year in 2015 -- was hitting .272/.332/.434 with 10 doubles, 6 home runs and 29 RBI in 47 games.

Now, however, it's almost a complete certainty Travis won't be able to start next season in Boston. And depending on what the Red Sox do in the offseason to replace Ortiz, such as a signing a free agent to a multiyear contract, Travis' path upward in the Sox organization may become less wide open . . . if not blocked.