There was one former Red Sox player in the Dodgers clubhouse Monday who didn’t draw a crowd of reporters when he arrived at his locker stall.
That’s probably because Tim Federowicz never advanced past Double-A while he was a member of the Red Sox organization. The Dodgers’ catcher said he came close to getting called up in 2011, the year he was traded along with Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez in a three-way trade that sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle.
“I think if there was somebody to get called up my last year there, it would’ve been me,” said Federowicz, who was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. “There were different times I can’t go into where it almost happened.”
Federowicz was five days from his 24th birthday when the trade happened. That’s a large reason he never broke through with the Red Sox, who didn’t give more than 50 plate appearances to a player 25 or older that season. (The only 24-year-old regular, outfielder Josh Reddick, was traded to Oakland after the season for a pair of older players.)
Boston’s current active roster features two position players 25 or younger, Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks (who climbed the minor-league ladder at the same time as Federowicz), plus pitchers Brayan Villareal and Drake Britton.
“It’s good,” Federowicz said. “I think it’s part of the reason for their success, getting guys who enjoy coming to the ballpark every day. It pushes the old guys.”