Reyes, Red Sox extend deadline by one day

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Reyes, Red Sox extend deadline by one day

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. Left-hander Dennys Reyes, in the mix for a Red Sox bullpen spot, said he has allowed the team to extend the deadline from Friday to Saturday to make a decision on adding him to the roster.

He is currently on a minor-league contract. If he is not added to the major-league roster by Saturday, he would be allowed to become a free agent.

It was one more day, he said. They asked me for an extra day and I gave it to them.

But, hes looking forward to having a decision made.

Yeah, its always a little stressful just waiting to see what the decision is going to be, he said. Especially the last couple of days because everything is getting close and you want to know what you want to do. People like to know whats going to happen. But I understand their decision is going to be tough because they got a lot of good pitchers in camp. So we just have to wait.

He is expected to pitch Friday night against the Blue Jays at City of Palms Park. It will be his ninth Grapefruit League appearance. Although he was delayed getting to spring training because of visa issues, he has appeared in eight games so far, spanning eight innings and posting a record of 1-1 with a 1.12 ERA. He has given up two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and a hit batter.

He believes hes had ample opportunity to show the Red Sox what he can do.

Yeah, I did, he said. I gave everything I have. I think I showed them I can pitch at the big-league level, and I dont think I could do anything different than what I did. Its up to them whether theyre going to take me with the team or theyre going to take somebody else. Its not my decision. I just have to wait and see what theyre going to do.

If not with the Red Sox, though, he would like an opportunity with another major-league team. Reyes, who turns 34 in April, has thrown 725 major-league innings over 14 seasons, with 10 teams.

Yeah, I want to play for a contending team," he said. That was my first idea when I signed. Ive been lucky to play for contending teams the last five, six years. Its fun going into September and youre playing for something, instead of just playing to finish the season. I kind of got used to that feeling and I want to keep doing it. Thats why I signed with this team. But the main thing is I want to pitch in the big leagues, stretch my career as long as I can, and if it's not going to be here, I want it to be somewhere else.

Late sink, good sink, and a little bit of a late-breaking breaking ball, Terry Francona said earlier this week of what he has seen from Reyes this spring. Those are the decisions that are hard to make. He does have a pretty good track record.

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According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

According to Fortune, Theo's the greatest . . . in the world, not just baseball

Apparently, the Red Sox couldn’t hold onto the best leader in the world. And the best leader in the world has no idea how to housebreak his puppy.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was given the top spot on a list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders," published by Fortune on Thursday morning.

The potential for silly takeaways from Epstein’s placement on the list -- and his response to it in a text to ESPN’s Buster Olney -- are amusing, if not astounding.

Wait, Epstein doesn’t think baseball is the most important thing in the world?

"Um, I can't even get my dog to stop peeing in the house," Epstein told Olney. "That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It's baseball -- a pastime involving a lot of chance. If [Ben] Zobrist’s ball is three inches farther off the line, I'm on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I'm not even the best leader in our organization; our players are."

Zobrist, of course, had the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians.

As Fortune described it, the list of leaders is meant to include those “transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same” across business, government, philanthropy and the arts.

Epstein certainly did help transform the baseball world.

“In the fall of 2016, as partisan distrust and division reached abysmal depths, fascination with the Chicago Cubs became that all-too-rare phenomenon that united America,” his blurb on the list begins.

That’s fair. But, if you scroll down the list: Pope Francis is No. 3. Angela Merkel is No. 10 and LeBron James is No. 11.

Drellich: Don't let Sam Travis' lack of batting gloves fool you

Drellich: Don't let Sam Travis' lack of batting gloves fool you

Three players are tied for the Red Sox' lead in home runs in Florida. Only two of them will be with the team come Opening Day.

The other may be the starting first baseman a year from now.

Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Sam Travis have all gone deep three times this Grapefruit League season.

Coming back from surgery on his left ACL, Travis has yet to play in the majors. But he easily could later this year.

In a perfect world, though, the 23-year-old spends 2017 at Triple-A Pawtucket. He needs to prove he can consistently hit off-speed pitches.

A right-handed hitting first baseman who played college ball with Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs, Travis already crushes fastballs.

He carries himself like a stereotypical masher, too.

Travis rocks an unbuttoned jersey with no undershirt. No batting gloves. A grip-it-and-rip-it approach and Mike Napoli vibe.

But, don't get too caught up in the image.

"I mean, are you essentially asking like, do I still like have a plan?" Travis said when approached about his reputation.

No, because everyone has a plan. It's a question of how his is formulated, what matters to him. Because it can't always be as simple as see ball, hit ball. And it isn't.

"I definitely watch video. Everyone watches video," Travis said. "You kind of need to watch video when you get to this stage . . . You're in the box, you don't really want to think at all. That's what practice is for. But yeah, I'm definitely working on stuff.

"Just because I don't wear batting gloves doesn't mean I'm just going out there -- I definitely still got an idea what I'm trying to do."

Travis said he tried batting gloves once in high school and they just didn't feel right. So he takes hacks with a 34-inch bat with no frills..

But even when hitters say they don't think at the plate, they do.

If you're up 2-and-0, the thought has to cross your mind: fastball?

"I mean, yeah, you definitely are talking to yourself," Travis said. "But you don't want to get too far into your own thoughts because then that's when you get in trouble."

Slugging involves calculating.

Travis will look at scouting reports, but they're not his end-all be-all. The written ones, anyway. He keeps others in his head.

"I like to know what pitches [an opponent] has, which way pitches are going to move," Travis said. "But you know, you find that out from other players, and of course scouting reports and video. But the best experience is when you're actually in there, when you actually see it first hand.

"I remember everybody."

Video can be used to break down one's own swing, too. But that's not Travis. Tinkering's not his bag.

In part, that's because he's always had a simple approach mechanically.

"I don't really take much of a stride or anything. I kind of just pick it up and put it down," Travis said. "I've always been the guy that can make an adjustment pitch to pitch and at-bat to at-bat depending on what the pitcher is, it just goes with like timing and stuff."

Usually, somewhere along the way -- in the professional or amateur chain -- a coach will try to change a player's swing. Travis said that wasn't the case for him, though.

"No. Not really," Travis said. "Everyone's still gonna have minor adjustments, it's just how the game works. You know, you're going to put a bad swing on the ball. But as long as you recognize it and get right back to where you are . . .

"I've always been a guy who believes less movement, the better it is. That's my own personal opinion. Whatever works for people, that's what they're going to do."

Sometimes, that means loosening a few buttons and just letting it rip.

After watching a little video before the game.