Yastrzemski: 'The Red Sox will be back'

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Yastrzemski: 'The Red Sox will be back'

BOSTON -- Dwight Evans and Carl Yastrzemski never won a World Series in their long Red Sox playing careers, but, they did experience pennants in 1967 (Yastrzemski), 1975 (Yastrzemski and Evans) and 1986 (Evans).
And both players believe that, after a losing season this year and three straight seasons out of the playoffs, it won't be long before the Sox contend again.
"Obviously, we're going to rebuild,'' said Evans, who was selected with Yastrzemski to the All Fenway Park Team Wednesday night. "We looked at a trade about a month and a half ago (with the Los Angeles Dodgers), and I thought it was an interesting trade, a good trade. I know these owners and they want to win. I think it freed us up to go and interject some quality players into the core of players that we have, that we've raised through this system.
"I know that they want to win. They love being in that winner's circle. And I think they're dedicated. I don't know if it's going to be two years, three years, but we will be back.''
"The Red Sox will be back,'' vowed Yastrzemski. "Ben (Cherington) did a great job in the minor league system. He did a great job. He's a good baseball man. The one thing I like about him, he asks for your opinion. It's not like, 'Oh, I know everything.' He'll ask people for their opinions. Which is a good sign. Because no one in this game knows it all.''

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

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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.