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This seems like an A- that has all the potential in the world to be bumped up to an A should further reports come out. The report originating from the Herald is a sign that this is legitimate talk, at least on Boston’s side of things.
The Mets know their season is over and the Sox could help them unload the aging Cabrera while sending back a few prospects to help New York look to the future. Boston’s internal preferences for a new third baseman might have a few names listed above both of the Mets’ offerings, but if conversations fall through elsewhere and talks progress here, it wouldn’t be unthinkable for this deal to happen.
While it looks like the trend is down from last year, note that the season isn’t over. There were 26 position players who pitched last year and 24 so far this year. The record for as far back as Baseball-Reference’s Play Index search went was 27 in 2015*. It would appear that the position-player-pitching records are destined to fall, just like so many home run records. And maybe those two aren’t unrelated.
Or not. I got confused when I got to the early 40s because there was a generation of half-pitcher, half-hitters from the Island of Dr. Kieschnick. Hybrids like Max Macon, Chubby Dean, Rene Monteagudo, and Johnny O’Brien seemed like they were midway through a permanent conversion one way or the other … but still stuck in the other world. Even Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx was experimenting in this arena. So I quit counting. Your mileage may vary.
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