Tyler Thornburg Will Undergo Season-Ending Surgery, All While Travis Shaw Is On An All Star Pace With The Brewers
Well, this is the least shocking news I’ve ever heard. The fucking Red Sox, man. I saw some trade rumor a couple of days ago about the Red Sox being interested in Mike Minor from the Royals, and my first question was how long will his DL stint be after he’s acquired? It’s insane.
The Red Sox traded for Carson Smith prior to the 2016 season, he started the year on the disabled list, made three appearances in May, and we haven’t seen him since. Supposedly he’s coming back soon, as he’s been throwing off a mound in the last week. Then, this past offseason, they traded Travis Shaw and forty-five other prospects to the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg, who has yet to throw a pitch for the Red Sox this season, and now we know that he won’t at all. All done. Great, grand, wonderful.
Meanwhile, Shaw is over in Milwaukee hitting .299 with an .887 OPS, and he’s on pace to hit 27 homers and drive in 109 runs. Adding insult to injury, Red Sox third basemen are 28th out of 30 major league teams in batting average (.203), and dead last in OPS (.582). Last month when Shaw came on the Section 10 Podcast, he told us that he wanted to “win the trade.” Well, ring the fucking bell. Shaw could sit out the rest of the season and still win the trade.
That’s not entirely fair, because Thornburg wasn’t a rental. The Red Sox still have two more years of control on Thornburg before he becomes a free agent after the 2019 season. For what it’s worth, they also have three more years of control on Smith, too, so both of these deals still have plenty of time to actually give the Red Sox a return, but so far? You’ve literally gotten nothing from either of them. And you know what the Red Sox could use right now? An eighth inning guy. It’d be better if you had two of those, in my opinion. And maybe a third baseman that could actually play third base. That would also be dope.
Also, one last quick thought — don’t point your anger at Thornburg here. I mean, maybe he deserves a small sliver of the blame for the misunderstanding in regards to what the Red Sox had asked of him over the offseason with their shoulder program, but the whole thing was mishandled from day one. If you need a refresher on what went down, I wrote about this extensively back in March, how the Red Sox throwing program basically fucked up Thornburg’s shoulder, which he admitted several times, and has now effectively ended his season. I would just like to start a cheer.