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June 28, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Marmol Gets a Free Pass

by R.J. Anderson


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BOSTON RED SOX
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Placed C-R David Ross on the 60-day disabled list. [6/25]

Optioned 3B-R Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket. [6/25]

Purchased the contract of 4C-R Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Pawtucket. [6/25]

With Ross on the 60-day disabled list it's worth noting how rare it is for a catcher to miss time with concussion. Ross is one of the 10 catchers with multiple concussions over his career, according to our database, which dates back about a decade. Does that pass the smell test? Of course not. Catchers are hit with projectiles on a nightly basis—some twice within the same at-bat. To believe all those strikes have added up to as few concussions as are reported borders on naivety. Given the concussion revolution in football, don't be surprised if the way that backstops are examined following blows to the head becomes a bigger story in time.

Jose Iglesias takes jobs. He knocked Pedro Ciriaco off the roster a few weeks back, and now he's nudged Middlebrooks to the minors. In fairness it's not all Iglesias' doing, though he stands to benefit the most. Middlebrooks struggled with plate discipline throughout the season, and those issues drove the Red Sox to demote him with the hope that he can sharpen his eye under dimmer lights. Expect to see him return in due time. Meanwhile Snyder, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2005, has a golden opportunity to prove he belongs on a big-league bench. The causes for optimism stem from his ability to play each corner position, and to swing a league-average bat.

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