July 14, 2021: a day that will live in Red Sox lore. The day Jarren Duran was called up to take his place next to Red Sox legends: Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Ted Williams. Okay, a bit much I know, but Mookie the Splendid Splinter and Say Hey JBJ all made their major league debut against the hated Yankees, so what the hell. 

I talked about Duran and this day way back in May in my first column here for E2G. He was part of their help on the horizon. Well, we have reached that horizon. To be quite honest, as soon as the Sox pulled him from consideration for TEAM USA everyone knew it was going to happen – just not when. Jarren Duran Red Sox

Duran Duran

Duran sat comfortably at number 86 on the MLB prospects list. But frankly, this is the perfect time to call up the 24-year-old speedster. With the draft in Chaim Bloom’s rearview mirror, he has turned his attention to the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline. And what do you do before you head to the market? Check the cupboards.

What Bloom has just sitting there is a 6’2, 225 lbs. lefty-swinging slugger, who has the potential to be the Red Sox starting center fielder for the next decade. This callup is his tryout. And if it works out he could save Bloom from having to move other prospects to fill holes he sees in this roster as they push into the dog days of the schedule. 

Looking at the lineup

Kiké Hernandez has been a highlight reel in center to this point of the season. Leaving me to wonder why he hadn’t played there his entire life. But “move over old dog, new dog is movin’ in”. Could this mean a platoon in center between Hernandez and Duran?  More than likely, yes. What would be the best-case scenario would be Duran taking over in center altogether, moving Kiké to a permanent spot at second, and pushing Christian Arroyo over to first for the underperforming Bobby Dalbec. But as I said that’s in a perfect world. The former is probably the way Alex Cora will deploy the 24-year-old Duran. 

The Old Town Team plays its next 18 games within the division, including seven of its first ten against the Yankees. Duran may be the spark the Sox need coming out of the break to bury the Yanks and the rest of the AL East.

Now I’m going to go listen to some George Thorogood, As always you can follow/give me grief on Twitter @Tmurph207 

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