Originally written on Fragile Freddy's  |  Last updated 12/14/11
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It may not send the sports pages a-buzzin’ but the Boston Red Sox made a fairly meaningful move today.  According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick they have dealt RHP Kyle Weiland and IF Jed Lowrie to Houston for reliever Mark Melancon. Let’s look at this deal; Boston gives up – Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland Working backwards I think Weiland is a fungible piece.  I think his upside is probably similar to about what Melancon is, a solid reliever.  Getting past his horror show in September his minor league track record is good, but not so good that you worry about losing him. As for Lowrie I think I have made my opinions on the switch-hitter pretty clear.  In short, I am unimpressed.  Lowrie has now played 256 MLB games during which he has posted a fairly uninspiring .252/.324/.408 line.  That’s perfectly acceptable if he could play shortstop but I do not think he can.  His defense is a horror show lacking range, reliability and arm strength. Which is not to say Lowrie is with...
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