Posted on: November 18, 2008 4:30 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 8:10 pm

GM for a day: Red Sox possible transactions

While there aren't a whole lot of questions facing this off-season, and as Tony Massarittu said in a recent article, "[The Red Sox] are not truly desperate for anything. Even if the Sox make no moves, they will return with a club that came within one victory of another trip to the World Series." There are however few rumors circulating that would have perked my interest as a GM and one is as follows:

Sending Julio Lugo to the Tigers for either Dontrelle Willis or Nate Robertson. These talks fell through due to monitary restraints on the Tigers part, but it brings up the point that the Sox have two players on their current roster who don't have a place in the starting lineup, but could possibly be shipped out for young tallent; Lugo and Coco Crisp.

Okay, so the Sox would be happy just getting rid of Lugo and his $9.25 million a year contract for a bag of balls. There isn't a team out there that will give the Sox any real talent in return for a 33 year old Lugo who managed a MAJOR LEAGUE WORST .139 batting average with risp last season, but with the emergence of Lowrie, who is not only a far superior fielder, but hitter also, the Sox need to do all they can to ship lugo out of town...they can find another pinch runner for cheaper...

Crisp isn't going to be the cornerstone of any deals this off-season either, but unlike Lugo he doesn't have some attraction as a deal sweetener for some teams. Coco, who finished last season with a .284 BA, 7 HR, 55 R, and 20SB in just 381 atbats is still only 29 years old and is scheduled to make just $5 million next year. Crisp would be the starting centerfielder on any number of teams in the league and the Sox just need to find a team that has some semblance of catching depth in order to make a deal.

The most well known trade talks right now that may include Coco Crisp are with the Texas Rangers who, with the departure of Milton Bradley, leaving a whole is CF, as well as significant catching depth (Jerrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden, and Jerald Laird), seem to be the perfect fit for a trade with the Sox. The latest rumors have Clay Buccholz and Crisp being sent to Texas for Saltalamacchia, a catcher who despite his mediocre 2008 (.253 BA, 3 HR, 26 RBI in 200AB) has amazing upside.

The Rangers seem set on keeping Teagarden, the youngest and most highly praised of the three Texas squatters, but since the Sox seem equally set on keeping their young pitching tallent, don't be surprised to see Crisp traded straight up for Laird later in the winter. Another possible transaction that might be in the works is sending a package comprised of two of three young pitching prospects from the Sox (Bowden, Masterson, Hagadone) and Crisp for Saltalamacchia.

Other possibilities for players you could package Crisp for that I dream about (longshots): Ryan Doumit (PIT) , Ramon Hernandez (BAL), Kelly Shoppach (CLE).

Posted on: November 10, 2008 1:30 pm

Red Sox Young Gun Yardsale?

Am I the only Red Sox fan who is going to be really upset if Boston ship off a bunch of their young tallent in order to aquire big bats or make room for free agent signings?

Don't get me wrong, I think Mark Teixeira is an amazing first baseman, both offensively and defensively, but I would be heart broken to see Kevin Youkilis starting at firstbase somewhere else next year after the numbers he put up in 2008. Youkilis could get moved to third, but then that means getting rid of Mike Lowell, a guy who is a year removed from being the World Series MVP...granted he had his fair share of injuries last year, but I'm not ready to give up on him yet.

I'm also hearing rumors swirling about possibly aquiring Khalil Greene from the Padres. I know he has played his entire career in a pitcher friendly ballpark and his numbers could improve by moving to Boston, but Jed Lowrie is one of these guys that offers more than just hitting statistics. He has an amazing glove, hustles, and hits for average from both sides of the plate...is it really necissary to go out and trade for a mediocre replacement?

Finally, and this may be the hardest decision the sox have to make all off-season: What to do about the Matt Holliday sweepstakes. The latest news has been that the Rockies would want Bay, Buchholz, and possibly another minor leaguer for the top five outfielder. I love Bay and giving up on Clay Buchholz is going to come back and haunt the Sox like a Hanley Ramirez-ish nightmare.

If there is anyone in Red Sox nation that isn't overwhelmed with enthusiasm by the prospect of watching Youkilis, Pedroia, Beckett, Lowrie, Lester, Papelbon, Ellsbury, Masterson, and all these other young studs play in Boston for the next 10 years, I don't know what is baseball is going to do it for you. I want to keep the youth of the Red Sox intact and show everyone in baseball that the Sox aren't one of these teams that has to go out and buy a championship, but that the strength of the organization is its ability to produce quality, home grown winners.

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