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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 Lou's caboose into 2006.

As for Embree, he was not good anymore. An ERA around 8 this far into the season is simply not acceptable and nostalgia can only keep you on the roster so long. I'm not going to bash the man besides saying he was not doing the job and we're trying to repeat (oh shit!) this year. Mike Myers can hold down the lefty short man role since Timlin can pitch the eighth, and it's not like Embree's role had much of anything to do with the side of his body with the extended arm. Eventually, we'll probably see Jon Lester (starting at AA Portand now) get a shot to be a lefty in the bullpen. Even though I never understood why Embree was effective; he was. Now he's not and it was the right time to show him the door.

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