Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Mookie Betts against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox call up Mookie Betts

After only 77 games above Single-A ball, Mookie Betts is on his way to Boston.

Technically he’s on his way to New York, where he’ll join the Red Sox as they prepare to take on the Yankees.

The 21-year-old prospect has risen through the system at a rapid pace. This season, split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Betts has hit a combined .345 with eight home runs, 48 RBI and 29 stolen bases. A little over a month ago, GM Ben Cherington said he didn’t think Betts would be in the majors this season, yet here he is.

It’s no coincidence that around the time Shane Victorino was shut down from a rehab stint, Betts started playing right field. Expect him to be shifted all over the field, much like Brock Holt.

It’s difficult to say what the move means for a Red Sox team that continues to drop in the standings. It’s certainly a move that signals a look toward the future, but Betts could also help bring life to an anemic offense in the present.

The Red Sox will have to make a move to fit Betts on the roster, but no corresponding move has been announced.

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  • Rick M

    This is the beginning of the end and the beginning of a new beginning. The old will be swept aside – bench, released, traded, etc. – and Mookie will get a shot. JBJ will get locked in for the season – sink or swim. XB goes back to SS and Holt goes to third. Webster pitched well last night with 9K’s and zero walks in a 7.2 inning win. Maybe he’ll head to Boston, also? Workman and Rubby stay put.

    • John Fahrer

      Or they shut Pedey down and put Holt at 2B and put Cecchini at 3B. Maybe give Coyle a look in the near future as well. Middlebrooks looks like a 60 Day DL possibility. He’ll either be shut down for the year or won’t be back until September.

      • Rick M

        True, John. Plenty of options. Time to shift off of AJ, Gomes, Peavy, Drew and a few others. Sox could end up with the most expensive bench in MLB for the year. Time to give Vasquez a look.

        • John Fahrer

          They could probably get some 17 or 18 year olds in short season (a la a Raul Alcantara or Engel Beltre) in deals deals for veterans. I really wouldn’t have a problem dealing any of them within the division either.

          • Rick M

            Man, if that could happen….. I just think value is minimal with their huge vet price tag. The hope is someone really feels they have a legit shot at the playoffs and needs that one piece and is willing to overpay.

          • John Fahrer

            If the Sox are willing to eat most of the remaining salaries, I don’t see why that kind of return is unattainable. After all, we’re talking about low minors lottery tickets, not bona fife blue chippers.

        • John Fahrer

          I’m ready for Vazquez. I do see the club holding onto Ross. Good mentor.