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Poll: Majority wanted 'all players' on Red Sox trading block

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By Staff | Sep 04, 2020

The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone in the league's shortened 60-game season due to COVID-19, and the majority of voters in the latest Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports poll believed all players on the Boston Red Sox should have been on the trading block.

Sixty percent of respondents chose the "all players" option, 30 percent wanted only designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez on the trading block, and 10 percent wanted center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. No votes were cast for the young stars in shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers.

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The MLB trade deadline ended at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, and Boston made a few trades before the clock expired.

On Friday, Aug. 28, Boston traded relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-handed pitchers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.

Two days later on Saturday, Aug. 30, the Red Sox traded first baseman Mitch Moreland to the San Diego Padres for minor league infielder Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario.

Then, on Monday, Aug. 31, Boston traded outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Colorado Rockies, for a player to be named later or cash, as well as international amateur signing bonus pool space. Pillar signed a deal with the Red Sox in February.

As of Thursday, Sept. 3, Boston's record was 12-26, and the squad continued to be mired in last place in the American League East standings.

Now, the sports staff turns its attention from baseball to football, as the New England Patriots begin their first season without quarterback Tom Brady, but instead, Cam Newton at the helm, and ask: With Cam Newton named the starting quarterback, how do you believe the New England Patriots' season plays out?

According to the Boston Globe, Newton was named the starting quarterback by head coach Bill Belichick on Sept. 3, and will lead the offense when the Patriots take the field for their first regular-season game at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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