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Now hitting for the Yankees...

Johnny Damon is an asshole. "I tried..." Bullshit. He seems to imply the Sox didn't want him because they have sought a replacement. Maybe they sought a replacement because he turned his nose (and hair) up to $10 million dollars a year. He's going to make $3 million a year more in NY - he will lose that much in endorsements because he will never be the rock star there that he was for Red Sox Nation.

This is not Boggs or Clemens redux. They were no longer valued by the Sox and left for places where they could play, win, and feel loved. Clemens was supposedly running on fumes. Boggs was a roadblock to Scott Cooper (the worse 2-time all star? We lost Boggs and Bagwell for that guy!?!?) Boggs and Clemens will always be Sox and I still love them. Johnny is a jerk. Sorry there is so little substance to this post, but I'm pissed.

Worse trade of the year

7/16/05, a date that will live in infamy with baseball fans, horrible on one, very important level. The Yankees acquired Al Leiter from the Marlins for a player to be name later (i.e. a please-pay-this-bill-for-us trade). This means that Leiter is on a playoff team in 2005. That, my friends, takes Dr. Leiter out of the postseason color commentator chair. The chair has been embarrassed by the likes of Bret Boone; it waits is fearful anticipation for the comments of Professor Mike "Not Gay" Piazza. Why oh why couldn't the Yankees do the baseball world a service? They could have traded a player to be named later in order to acquire Leiter, then give him to the Tigers for a zip lock bag full of trail mix. Then we would be able to enjoy the only good color commentator in America. Evil empire indeed.

DH MVPs, etc.

A few thoughts for the day:
David Ortiz is the best clutch hitter I've ever seen. However, he should not be the league MVP as long as he is a designated hitter, unless his offensive statistics so outdistanced the rest of the league (e.g. Robo Bonds) that it would be laughable if anyone else was named MVP. He is not even the MVP of the Sox this year. I'd give that award to Johnny Damon in a close race over 'Tek. Thus, I think Jesus of Centerfield should be the 2005 AL MVP, and thus further bolster his case to be paid 100 chests of gold this winter.The media loves to use statistics to prove if someone his on fire or in a slump, as they should. Yet, it seems like they vary the sample size in these analyses in order to prove their point. That is, they'll point out the 'Tek is struggling going 1 for his last 15 (that is about one series!) then a week later say he's on fire going 15 for his last 18 for his last 50. Just a thought.Losing Kapler is a big deal.
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Late season trades

The transactions over the last month or so for the Sox can be viewed as a great case study in the value of post-deadline trades versus value-for-value trades. The Sox traded two outfielders with value, in Jay Payton and Chip Ambres (The Yanks even wanted this guy to maybe play center for them this year. That's both a testiment to his talent and how desperate the empire is.), for Chad Bradford and Tony Graffanino respectively.

Graffanino has hit .360 with 17 runs in 19 games. That is way above how his career numbers indicate he will play on average. Regardless, he is a decent contact hitter who can run the bases, field his position (and others), and has significant postseason experiance. Bradford is a veterin who's solidified the get-to-Timlin role. His ERA is 2.77 and he's walked only 2 batters in 13 innings. Like Tony G, Bradford is performing thus far above his career average, but there is significant evidence that the eventual fall off will not be Embree-esque.


Our K-Rod?

The Sox called up Pawtucket releiver and Boston-native Manny Delcarmen today. When discussing yesterday with my roommate if the Sox had a possible K-Rod in 2005 first round pick and former St. Johns closer Craig Hansen, I pointed out that baby Manny was doing pretty well in Pawtucket and seemed ready to get a shot in the pen. That time is now. I hope he can help out in the 6th and 7th innings, especially with inherited runners, a situation which has plagued Timlin and which is best suited to a strikeout pitcher. If only we had a kid with mid-90s heat and a big hook...

Fringe moves matter

Recently, the Sox have pulled off a series of "small" moves. They re-obtained Adam Hyzdu, sent a re-signed Gabe Kapler to rehab in Lowell, traded Jay Payton for Chad Bradford, traded some mid-level prospects for Tony Graffinino, renewed Kevin Youkilis' season pass on the Merloni Express, limboed Alan Embree and traded for Alex "brother-of-Joey" Cora.

These give the Sox depth in the outfield and allows them to keep Hyzdu and Adam Stern until Kapler comes up, then send Hysdu down until September's expanded roster (probably only a few weeks of Adam at McCoy). With the king of the strikeout down for a while, Graffinino and Cora give you experienced second baggers who can field the ball and play hard (and with Tony, can hit a bit). Payton is gone and that in itself is a net gain. Bradford has always been effective so is a worth while risk, even if he's damaged goods. Youkilis will either be traded or handed a starting job next year. I can't see him riding…

Now I get it.

Oh, so this is why everyone I know thinks Dan Shaughnessy is a d-bag. Today's article (see link) shows he's lying in wait to cause problems for the Red Sox so he can write about them and still get money from the sales of his book Curse of the Bambino after the curse has died. The Sox left first place yesterday. They won the World Series last year. And this fucker can't let Tito have any benefit of the doubt! He vents to the manager that the fans want Olerud (Who is not a savior! There is a reason he was released by Seattle last year and a free agent into this year! He's a competitor and great for our team but he is seriously lacking in bat speed. If he hits major gas, he is guessing.) to bat for Cora in the 9th on Sunday. This would have been a bad move. With Bellhorn injured (he went on the 15-day DL today and had to be pulled after 2 at bats on Sunday. Hence, Cora at second.), like it or not, there is a good chance that Alex Cora will start the majority of the game…

what's a minor league?

So, the Sox actually have prospects for once. And they are not purely trade bate to snag Larry Anderson. I think there is a very good chance that a few Sox prospects may play significant roles THIS year, let alone next year when we may have to take a page out of the Brave's book and rely on a steady influx of youngsters along with solid veterans.

This year you may see Jon Papelbon, Cla Meredith (better than he looked earlier this season) or even Craig Hanson, who hasn't even yet signed out of St. Johns (that's a college, not a minor league affiliate), help out the roller coaster bullpen. Bullpen help, as always mid-season, is over-priced and unreliable. Do you really think a guy out of no where who's pitching great in front of 5 people in Pittsburgh would survive the Nation? If you said yes, shut up, you're dumb.

We may also see Dustin Pedroia take over for Bellhorn at second if he doesn't turn it around soon. He's on a pace for over 180 strike outs and is no…

Embree bites

Can someone please tell Alan Embree that throwing a straight fastball at 92-94 mph with shoddy location, very rare breaking balls and offspeed stuff, but LOTS of guption does not work very well? He approaches pitching like he still throws 100 mph. He throws straight over the top (god's gift to lefties) and he can't hit the glove consistently. Either he needs to grow up and get out of the pissing contest, or he needs to get the fuck out of Boston.

Millar: should he stay or should he go?

It seems to be the main topic of debate in "the Nation", perhaps only rivaled by a debate over how bad Bellhorn is. So, should the Sox stick with Millar or not?

Yes. He is very streaky and we've just entered the good times with Millar. His value is low on the trade market, he's a free agent after the season so he can leave under less dramatic circumstances than if we traded him for some minor leaguer, he hits well for some part of every year and we're now in that part, and he is a bonefied "character guy." I think the Millar/Olerud duo is perfectly serviceable for this year.

I hope he does not play for the Sox next year. I'd rather have Youkilis play every day at first, with Billy Barou at third and probably Pedrioa at second in 2006.

That said, I don't think Millar is much of a player. He tries to pull everything in the air. He can hit an inside fastball as hard or harder than anyone in the league, this side of Sheffield. Yet, he's toast if so…