Boston Red Sox
Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:04 PM
I see him being a more effective situation right hander or the 7th/8th inning type arm, but if his curve works as it did these past two season the Sox's made a useful trade.
Lowrie is a fine player, but where does he exactly fit with that current roster? He was considered an "expendable" piece, even if it was a guy with everyday potential. The pitcher Wieland has solid stuff and should be a useful starter for Houston in a season or two.
Remember the Sox's can win now and buy their mistakes. I do not knock a move for a contending team that has an MVP caliber 2nd baseman with a good deal of time left in the tank. If his arm can fill the role and help add the extra win or two in value, it was a risk worth taking.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:32 AM
They saved some money, too. With the percentage they'll owe to the Luxury tax going forward, it made sense to reduce salary & in this case they received a player who will be under control for a while before he hits free agency (after the 2016 or 2017 season I believe). And if he isn't the closer, that will make him an even better commodity as his salary won't go up so much either. Either Bard, Jenks or an acquisition can still wind up as the main closer for 2012 & beyond. He may just the the next 8th inning guy that replaces Bard that they were looking for!
Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:00 PM
I say that if Jose Igesias hits well & shows some patience in Spring Training, then he should get a shot at the everyday job when the team heads north.
Peter @ Baseball Reflections
Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:56 PM
While the options ahead of him aren't great, Aviles is a competent offensive player and Punto can field. Combine the two and you can come up with a decent shortstop until either Iglesias is ready or another option is available.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
After going through all of last year, and having the off-season to think things over; I've expected Crawford to rebound this year as he acclimated to playing in Boston. However, as Mr. Pinto says here, a wrist injury is pretty much as bad as it gets for a hitter.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:04 AM
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