Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Red Sox are interested in a package deal with the Marlins involving third baseman Martin Prado and reliever David Phelps.
While the Red Sox don’t exactly need bullpen help — their 3.00 aggregate relief ERA is third-best in baseball — they do need some help at third base with Pablo Sandoval injured and Deven Marrero underperforming.
Prado, 33, has appeared in only 32 games this season and has hit a disappointing .273/.299/.388 with two home runs and 12 RBI. While this year has been a struggle, Prado has been an above-average hitter in each of the last five seasons and has the ability to play every position except for pitcher and catcher.
Phelps, 30, has a 3.56 ERA with a 46/16 K/BB ratio in 43 innings of work this year.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?