Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:51:14 -0700
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said the club views OF Grady Sizemore as a better fit for a corner outfield spot than in center field. Sizemore, however, isn't as comfortable in left or right field as he is in center yet.
Fantasy Tip: Jackie Bradley Jr. is a much better option in terms of defense and range. Sizemore's brittle past and more advanced age play into this thinking; there's a chance this may affect Sizemore's PT as the year goes on, but even after Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns, he'll remain at least a semi-regular part of this lineup, especially following Daniel Nava's demotion.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:54:27 -0700
The Boston Red Sox are recalled RP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, April 23, and OF Daniel Nava will be optioned in a corresponding move.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:34:08 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava's roster spot could be in danger with OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) expected to return from the disabled list Wednesday, April 23. Nava is sitting against a right-handed pitcher Tuesday, April 22, and it's the second time in the last four games he's been on the bench. Nava is 10-for-67 (.149) with a .240 on-base percentage this year, and he's walked only six times in 75 plate appearances.
Fantasy Tip: Regardless of if he's optioned to the minors, Nava has lost much of his appeal already in mixed leagues because of his slow start.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:47:00 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) took batting practice and did some running Friday, April 11, and said he would need only two to three rehab games to get his timing back down before returning.
Fantasy Tip: Victorino could be back relatively quickly, and Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava figure to be the losers if John Farrell wants to keep both Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the lineup together.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:17:42 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore is making his first ever start in left field Thursday, April 10, with OF Jackie Bradley Jr. getting the nod in center. Manager John Farrell isn't committing this arraignment permanently, since the team likes to get OF Jonny Gomes some playing time in left field. How well Bradley continues to play might determine how often Farrell deploys this alignment. Bradley has a slash line of .400/.478/.978 this year and is 6-for-12 with two doubles, four runs, four RBIs and three walks in the last four games. Sizemore has had some defensive lapses lately. If the Red Sox continue to start Sizemore and Bradley when OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns, it could mean a loss of playing time for Gomes and OF Daniel Nava, who has had a slow start to the season.
Fantasy Tip: Bradley should be owned in all leagues now that he's gotten his opportunity this year and is running with it. Sizemore's defensive shortcomings in center will help Bradley's cause.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:01:35 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava, playing in his first game since being dropped from the leadoff spot, struck out looking in each of his first three at-bats while batting in the sixth spot Wednesday, April 9, against the Texas Rangers. He is hitting just .125 (4-for-32) with seven strikeouts this season.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:51:48 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava has been moved out of the leadoff spot due to a slow start, and he struck out looking in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday, April 9, to drop to 4-for-32 with seven strikeouts this year.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:08:35 -0700
The Boston Red Sox will continue to approach their leadoff spot in a committee approach. OFs Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava are likely to continue switching off at the top of the order, and OF Grady Sizemore could also see some time there. Nava is hitting only .138 (4-for-29) with a .219 on-base percentage, and manager John Farrell said he prefers to keep 2B Dustin Pedroia in the No. 2 spot.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:48:34 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava is hitting leadoff Monday, March 31.
Fantasy Tip: This placement gives him a boost in run-scoring potential if he can continue his hot hitting from last season.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:09:34 -0700
Boston Red Sox OF Grady Sizemore won't primarily hit leadoff if he makes the team as the starting center fielder. Manager John Farrell said OFs Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino are his top choices at leadoff because of their on-base skills. Sizemore would bat lower in the lineup. "I think we probably see him middle to where he's at (tonight), in that 5-6 range, in the lineup initially," Farrell said. "We want to take advantage of Nava's on-base abilities, what Shane does in the two-hole, particularly. That's what's going into it, in addition to (Sizemore's) time down and the reps that would be had as the leadoff guy."
Fantasy Tip: It's looking more plausible that Sizemore takes the starting duties away from Jackie Bradley Jr. at this point. An official announcement is expected soon. If Sizemore wins the job, look to pick him up in all leagues.