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Julian, where fore art thou...

Ok, I'm going to be the downer today. I'm also going to go against my belief that Julian Tavarez is of very little value to the Sox now. Here it is: we're bringing up our stud prospect, Clay Buchholz, today to pitch against one of the two aces of one of the best teams in baseball. To do this, we had to basically get rid of Wily Mo for, possibly, nothing. I don't understand why you give away value (Wily Mo has some still right?) for one start from this kid, when you could have just started Tavarez. I think 1) it gives you as much chance of winning the game, which is the point right? 2) saves Clay the trauma of watching Vlad Guerrero hit a pitch a foot off the plate and bouncing into Newton; and 3) keeps Pena on your roster until you have a viable alternative.

Yes, they are bringing up the man they call Jacoby. Yes, I love watching prospects like Clay and Jacoby play. But I agree with the idea that we need a righthanded hitting backup outfielder (Keilty, I guess?). What does Ellsbury do for you in 3 games?

Anyway, this might just be my bitterness that I can't watch Buchholz pitch today. I'm not mad about this, but it just seems like a case of sentimentality/excitement over a prospect taking precedence over winning, by a very slight margin. Your thoughts? Anyone listening? Probably not...


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