CSNNE.com's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam alongside Jessica Moran and Lou Merloni discuss how they see the new members of the Red Sox fitting in.
"I think what's going to be interesting Jess is watching this team sort of form its own personality. And that's going to take a while," McAdam said. "It's not necessarily going to happen down here over the next five or six weeks. It'll be probably April, May before we finally see that personality emerge.
There are certainly lots of new faces in the organization, but Merloni is particularly interested in one that's been around the team for a bit -- Daniel Bard.
Merloni wants to see how Bard performs this spring, and if he'll find a spot on the Sox roster or back down in Pawtucket.
As far as the Sox chances for postseason contention, both McAdam and Merloni admit that a lot will have to go right in order for that to happen.
According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have traded infielder Travis Shaw and two minor-leaguers to the Milwaukee Brewers for righthander Tyler Thornburg. The prospects heading to Milwaukee are reliever Josh Pennington and infielder Mauricio Dubon.
The hard-throwing Thornburg had a tremendous season for the Brewers last year, sporting a 2.15 ERA in 67 appearances. Thornburg struck out 90 hitters in only 67 innnings while walking 25.
The 28-year-old was a third-round draft pick of the Brewers in the 2010 draft. The 2016 season was his fifth in the league; it marked the second time in his career that he tossed at least 60 innings.
MLB.com ranks Dubon as Boston's 12th-best prospect, while Pennington is ranked 22nd. Dubon finished the season in Double-A Portland, batting .339/.371/.538 in 62 games with six homers, six triples and 40 RBI.
Pennington, something of a project at the time of his 29th-round selection in the 2014 draft given that he needed Tommy John surgery, made 13 starts for Short-Season A Lowell, posting a 2.86 ERA and striking out 49 batters in 56.2 innings.
More to come...
When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.
During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.
But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.
In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.
On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.
Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.