Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Red Sox Get Lefty Specialist Josh Taylor From AZ To Complete Marrero Trade

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The proverbial "player-to-be-named-later" (PTBNL) has, in fact, been named—at least with regard to the Deven Marrero trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks. To complete the March deal, the Red Sox have picked up 25-year-old lefty reliever Josh Taylor—who throughout his minor league career has kept lefty hitters in the .200 or less range. However, he has not shown the ability to get right-handed hitters out—with those players batting .350 and above during his career. Clearly, he would be used as a "lefty-specialist" if he ever makes it to The Show. Taylor has a 94-96 MPH fastball and a solid slider in his repertoire. He was an un-drafted free agent by the Phillies and has spent the last two seasons at Arizona's AA affiliate. He will report to the AA Portland Sea Dogs to start his career with The Carmine Hose.