Red Sox President swings by Portland, talks Sea Dogs

Sam Kennedy, President of the Red Sox, addresses the crowd at Wednesday's Eggs and Issues in Portland.
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- President of New England's favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, visited Portland this morning to talk business at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly Eggs and Issues breakfast meeting.

Sam Kennedy has been with the Red Sox for 16 years. Today he talked to the crowd mostly about the business side of overseeing the team and operating Fenway Park, but also touched upon a few on-the-field activities. 

Before the event got started, Kennedy spoke with NEWS CENTER about the challenges the Red Sox face during this off season. Along with brining in new team manager, Alex Cora, in October, the Red Sox are looking to bring several new super star players into the roster. Kennedy said this has been a very slow off season for signing new players and nothing has been set in stone, but that could leave the option open for Portland Sea Dogs to move up to the majors. 

"Our minor league affiliates are the life blood of our franchise," Kennedy said. "It's also great that New Englanders can see the stars of the future. We've had so many Sea Dog alums come through our system, and right now if you look at our major league roster, whether it's Mookie Betts, or Andrew Benintendi, or Jackie Bradley, Jr., they all played here in Portland."

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Kennedy added that might be surprised about Red Sox players that could be up for trade this year, but nothing would be announced until deals are final.