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Report: Red Sox have ‘unreasonable’ asking price for Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

The Boston Red Sox will likely have no room on their roster for Blake Swihart when Dustin Pedroia returns from the disabled list, so it makes sense that they are trying to trade him. But unless they lower their asking price, a deal seems unlikely.

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston spoke with people who are familiar with the trade discussions involving Swihart, and he was left with the impression that the Red Sox are asking for an “unreasonable” amount in return.

“Hard to find a trade partner when you’re asking for some of teams’ best prospects,” a talent evaluator from one team that has had discussions with the Red Sox told Drellich.

Swihart, a once-promising catcher prospect, has appeared in 17 games this season and is hitting just .133. While he could argue that he has not been given enough opportunities, he has just four hits in 30 at-bats.

While he is still young by MLB standards, Swihart has struggled with some of the basic fundamentals of baseball. The Red Sox are unlikely to get anything of significant value in return for him if they do find a trade partner.

10 MLB players who are turning heads in spring training

Jason Kipnis

It’s hard to draw much of a conclusion from spring training. Players are all at different levels of fitness, some guys find hot streaks at the right time, and guys slug eight homers in two weeks and then are never heard from again.

Still, it’s worth taking a look at which players are off to a good spring start. As ever, small sample sizes are everywhere, and only so much should be drawn from these numbers. Still, it’s always best to get off to a good start, and that’s what these ten players have done.

1) Jason Kipnis, Indians

The Indians are still trying to figure out where Kipnis fits into their plans after Jose Ramirez displaced him as the team’s everyday second baseman. That’s not really Kipnis’ problem; his issue was convincing the team that he still has a part to play. He’s certainly done that so far. The two-time all-star has slugged six home runs in 17 spring at-bats, with 12 RBIs and a .529 average on top of it. The guy can still hit. Cleveland would be wise to find a spot on the diamond for him to do it.

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Red Sox C Blake Swihart struggling with throws back to pitcher

Blake Swihart

The Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about catcher Blake Swihart showing signs of Mackey Sasser Syndrome in spring training.

Swihart, a 2011 first-round pick by Boston who has seen MLB action the past two seasons, has struggled with his throws back to the pitcher during spring training.

CSN New England has provided the video evidence. The first clip comes from Friday:

And this was from Sunday morning:

Swihart did improve on his throws Sunday, but there were still issues.

When you’re talking about something that should be automatic and not cause any issues, just having minor struggles is a reason for concern.

Swihart is competing with Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez for two catcher spots on the big league roster. These issues won’t help his case and could contribute to him starting the season in Triple-A.

H/T Bro Bible