Red Sox begin multi-phase project to revamp complex in Dominican

Red Sox begin multi-phase project to revamp complex in Dominican

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says the team aims to bring the 15-year-old facilities up to modern standards.

The Red Sox are revamping their complex in the Dominican Republic, starting a three- or four-phase project to bring their training ground for international players up to speed.
 
Operations will continue at the current facility, which is why the project will be done in steps.

“Believe it or not, we built that facility new in 2001, 2002 offseason I believe,” Sox president of baseball operations Sam Kennedy said on the CSNNE Baseball Show podcast. “And in baseball, that’s a lifetime. Some of the facilities have really surpassed ours in terms of quality...just sort of bringing it up to 2017, '18 standards.”
 
Kennedy, executive vice president for business affairs Jon Gilula, chairman Tom Werner, David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez toured the facility this winter.
 
“All of our international players just about go through there,” Kennedy said. “And it was real eye opening to see, sort of the -- I hadn’t been down there in a long time -- to see the state of our facility vs. some of these other new modern facilities. So we’re making some investments right now.
 
“I would say the biggest feature is probably dormitory space for the players. We had one team down there [in the Dominican Summer League], then we went to two teams, we went back to one team, we’re going to go back to two teams. So we need more space.”
 
The Red Sox this year are carrying only one DSL team, after their international pipeline was cutoff because of an MLB-issued punishment for skirting international amateur signing rules in 2015.
 
Amenities for the players will be improved too: a better weight room and so on.
 
“When you go to JetBlue Park and you see the operation there, vs. Fenway or the Dominican, you realize that we have a ways to go,” Kennedy said.
 
Fenway, of course, has seen major upgrades, but is still very limited by space, where as JetBlue Park is just six years old.

Report: Third base among 'major upgrades' Red Sox seek by trade deadline

Report: Third base among 'major upgrades' Red Sox seek by trade deadline

Despite still being owed more than $42 million after this year, Pablo Sandoval's days with the Red Sox appear numbered. So, it's no surprise that landing a third baseman at the trade deadline is a priority.

That's among the "major upgrades" the Sox are seeking by the July 31 deadline, MLB.com columnist Mark Feinsand reports.

With Sandoval now on his second disabled list stint of the season - this time with an ear infection - after turning into what Feinsand calls "a horror tale for the Red Sox," and with fill-ins Josh Rutledge and Deven Marrero holding down third, it's apparent that the position is a glaring need.

"Sandoval is basically a non-entity at this point," a source told Feinsand. "They need to make a move there."

Feinsand mentions the usual suspects - Mike Moustakas of the Royals and Todd Frazier of the White Sox - as possibilities. Also, he wonders if former MVP Josh Donaldson could be pried away from the Blue Jays (if "Dave Dombrowski knocks their socks off") with an offer and if Toronto is still sputtering at the deadline?

Those other upgrades? "Boston is also looking for pitching, both in the rotation and bullpen," Feinsand writes. Again, no surprise there.