- The Rangers v. Orioles game yesterday - 30-6 - was amazing. I still can't wrap my mind around that many runs. It is easier... more understandable coming in the first game of a doubleheader because no manager worth his salt (like the Orioles chief who just received a contract extension. I'm sure he's so excited to bring this franchise back!) would use up his bullpen in game 1 to simply minimize how much you lose game 1 by. The game was lost so you keep your guy (Paul Shuey) in and let him get smacked, rather than ruin your bullpen trying to minimize the damage, and thus hurting your chances of winning game 2 (which they also lost).
- former Sox outfielder and part of the Rangers club that killed the Orioles yesterday David Murphy should have played more for the Sox this year. He could have hit as well as Hinske and Pena and played better outfield defense, including centerfield. He has a moderate level talent ceiling so you're not spoiling a top prospect by keeping him on the bench. If he starts for a full year, he'll go .280, 15, 65, 10.
- Sox should trade Brandon Moss (lefthanded talented power hitting outfielder in Pawtucket) for a prospect of similar value at a position we need organizational depth at.
- Buchholz will be helpful in the bullpen next month.
- Coco will be traded to make room for Ellsbury.
- Should Youk platoon next year with someone who hits left handed with power?
CHRIS SALE TRADE: The Sox just got ace lefty Chris Sale for America's top prospect Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, another Basabe, and Victor Diaz. That's a true ace for a potential superstar who clearly needs more seasoning, a golden arm who seemed to be a possible headcase, and two lottery tickets. This is a very good trade for the Sox. While the Sox would have found room to play Moncada once he was ready, he didn't exactly fill a void with Peddy blocking him at second, Panda getting another shot at 3B this year, and 3B prospects Rafael Devers and Bobby Dalbec - and maybe Michael Chavis - not too far off possibly. Moncada might not be the biggest pain felt here. After trading Anderson Espinoza for Drew Pomeranz - a trade that is looking worse these days - the trade of Kopech leaves very little high-end pitching talent in the system right now. There is now a very large drop off after Jason Groome. Also, the loss of Basabe, Diaz, Dubon and Pennington today just really d…