The Boston Red Sox claimed RHP Phillips Valdez off of waivers, and have placed Dustin Pedroia on the 60 Day DL. New York Yankees Aaron Judge is ready to move on from the Houston Astro cheating Scandal. Mookie Betts is bringing high expectations into his spring debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On Sunday the Boston Red Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room for the 28 year old, the Red Sox have placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 60 Day DL.
"Valdez, 28, had recently been designated for assignment by Seattle. The Dominican righty made his major league debut for the Rangers in 2019, posting a 3.94 ERA and striking out 18 batters in 16 relief innings. Valdez worked primarily as a starter in the minors in each of the last two seasons, making 33 starts in the Nationals and Rangers systems.” - Chris Cotillo, MassLive
Dustin Predroia still hasn’t reported to Spring Training yet after having setbacks in his rehab for a knee injury.
“The move to the 60-day IL is largely a procedural move but means Pedroia will be unavailable to the Red Sox for the first two months of the regular season. Players on the 60-day injured list don’t count against Boston’s 40-man roster.” - Chris Cotillo, MassLive
Aaron Judge Ready To Move On From Astros Cheating Scandal
The New York Yankees right field Aaron Judge sounded off about the Houston Astros and their cheating scandal:
“I just don’t think it holds any value with me. You cheated and you didn’t earn it. That’s how I feel is, it wasn’t earned.”
Judge is echoing what a lot of players and fans have been saying, but when Judge was asked about it again yesterday, he didn’t say anything about the Astros and informed the media that he had said peace, and now he was ready to move on.
"We’ve turned the page. I think the biggest thing was a lot of players and us getting things off our chest. It’s been something we’ve been sitting on all offseason, hearing about it all offseason. Now that guys are able to get it off their chest, it’s time for us to move forward and to get ready for the season. This 2020 season is a big one for us and we’re looking forward to it. Like is said, the biggest thing was to get it off our chest. Now it’s time for us to move forward and to get to work.”
High Expectations For Mookie Betts With LA Dodgers
The biggest roster transaction this offseason was by far the Boston Red Sox trading Mookie Betts and David Price to the LA Dodgers. This is one of the biggest roster moves the Dodgers have made in years, and it’s a foregone conclusion that expectations for Betts in Las Angeles is through the roof.
Betts admitted it was strange at first seeing himself in the Dodgers blue uniform, but now it’s just normal, and it’s just baseball. Betts was asked if he is feeling the pressure of the expectations.
“Sure, I guess,” according to Bill Plunket of the Orange County Register. “Bit I kind of channel it into working hard and making sure I take care of business with myself. But it’s going to take all of us in here to do it. It’s not going to take just me. I keep that in mind. Pressure is pressure at this point. I don’t mind it. I just know ways to deal with it”
Betts made his Spring debut on Sunday vs the Chicago Cubs. Betts was met with a huge ovation when he stepped in for his first at bat of the year. Betts went 0-2 with an RBI on the day.
Going forward, Betts would like to continue being a leadoff hitter like he did throughout most of his career with the Red Sox.
“That’s kind of been my whole career. I don’t foresee hitting somewhere else. If there’s a need then I’m always ready if it needs to happen. I’d like to hit one spot. I don’t like moving around. I think it’s a comfort level for me. I can only speak for myself, to know that every day I’m going to be in the lineup, batting first.”