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The (bull)pending shakeup

It's logjam time after the game tomorrow. In order to start on Sunday, Josh Beckett will have to be activated, and Mike Timlin will also have to be activated shortly. That'll bump two pitchers off the 25-man roster.

In an under the (my) radar move, the Sox already had to just let go Craig Breslow who the Indians quickly snagged. Breslow, a 27 year old lefty from Yale, was "out of options" so the Sox just let him go, gaining nothing. The Sox elected to keep Javier Lopez and the non-Oki lefty in the pen. The smart move no doubt, but it's too bad the Sox lost Breslow from a selfish perspective.

Now the Sox have another decision: which two of pitchers to drop now. The Globe thinks this competition is between lefty Lopez, and righties David Aardsma and Bryan Corey. I think that Julian Tavarez and Kyle Snyder are also in the mix on this. Lopez is the safest; I don't see the Sox dumping him as the only lefty specialist.

Aardsma, 26, has the most talent; Corey is pitching the best; Snyder is proven, can start, and is a Tito favorite, and Tavarez can start without dying (and his pointing antics are a net plus). I previously wrote about this situation and hoped then the Sox could trade Tavarez and sent Aardsma down. However, that trade isn't going to happen this week and Aardsma is out of options.

The trade isn't going to happen right now because the Sox will have to release one of these guys; so whose going to pay for something they can get for free? These guys all have trade value if one of them wasn't about to go to the freebie isle.

Aardsma is out of options, according to Fox. I think he's a gonner, but my hestitation comes from the fact that he was traded for. Do you trade 2 guys for a player you then release? Hmmm.

Another factor is Clay Buchholz and Bartolo Colon. If Clay struggles tomorrow and if Colon looks good today in Pawtucket, they could send Clay down, let Snyder start 2 games, then bring on Colon. It's an option, especially if you plan to give Colon a shot at the rotation after three Paw-starts. And it might be the most prudent option.

Here's my shoot-from-the-hip prediction: they'll drop Corey and send down Clay.

What I'd do in make believe: see if the White Sox will let you undo the Aardsma trade and hide Corey in a locker until it's safe to come out, after you trade Julian.

What I'd do in a video game: trade Tavarez to the Blue Jays so that I could hit off him and because they wouldn't calculate in that I might give him away in a day, and make Snyder a catcher...

My real, imperfect preference: drop Tavarez and send down Clay.

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