August 26, 2012

Looking at the big trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers. What does it mean for both teams?



So
what do we make of the big blockbuster trade between the Boston Red Sox and the
Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday? Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and
Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney and three minor leaguers including
two pretty good minor league pitchers going to the Red Sox.

It
was a salary cap move for the Red Sox who are out of the race this season, and
the Dodgers are going for it now in the NL playoff race and taking on the big
salaries. The move was basically a salary and character dump for the Red Sox.

Adrian
Gonzalez paid immediate dividends hitting a home run Saturday night at Dodger
Stadium in his first at bat as a Dodger. Josh Beckett, once a quality pitcher
has struggled the last year or so and maybe a change of scenery will be good
for a pitcher who has pitched on two World Series winning teams in 2003 and
2007.

Carl
Crawford meanwhile is having Tommy John surgery, and he wont be ready until at
least next season.

As
a fan of the Red Sox I dislike losing Adrian Gonzalez the most, a quality first
baseman and a good hitter. Hey I would have liked to get Matt Kemp or Andre
Eithier probably wishing there, but James Loney will be a good replacement at
first base. And if these minor league pitchers develop the Red Sox will be in a
good situation and could go after a quality free agent or two now that some money
has opened up with the moves. Remember they let go of Kevin Youkolis to the
White Sox earlier this year as well.

Finally
I hope that Bobby Valentine will get at least another year as manager. The team
he inherited wasn’t his or GM Ben Cherington’s, and was left over from the
previous GM Theo Epstien and manager Terry Francona whose team collapsed in the
pennant race in September 2011.

Say
what you want about Valentine who has an eccentric and somewhat volitale style.
He is a good baseball man though and if he and the Red Sox can get their team
together and play well then good times may be ahead in Boston, and winning
cures most all. So we’ll see what happens and talk soon again. Enjoy the
pennant race. Best wishes. Bratman



 



 



 



 



 



 

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