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Gagne Fall-Out

Let's go back for a second and look at the (sort of) end results of the Gagne trade late last year with the Rangers.

At the trading deadline last year, the Sox got Eric Gagne and eventually a "sandwich pick" in this year's draft for two mid-level, major league-ready prospects outfielder David Murphy and lefty pitcher Kason Gabbard, and far-from-ready outfielder prospect, 19-year old Engel Beltre. I'll use a five-to-minus-five scale.

Murphy is having a hell of a year and has some shot at the taking the R.O.Y. - though not if Jacoby has anything to say about it. He has 10 homers, 48 RBIs, 20 doubles, .463 slugging and .313 OBP. Ok, so maybe the Sox were not too high on him because he does not walk much and strikes out a lot. But, he's slugging the ball and can play all the outfield positions. Seems like he might be a keeper for the Rangers. -3

Gabbard seems to be on a shuttle between Arlington and Oklahoma, home of their Triple-A squad. He has started 10 games and is back in the bigs now. He's 1-3 with a .295 batting average against and significantly more walks than strikeouts. He's still a lefty starter so I wouldn't mind having him in Pawtucket, but not a huge deal. -1

Beltre remains the most annoying loss to me. He's not hitting too well in the Midwest League in Clinton, Iowa (?). But he's still a big time talent and only a kid. I really hate that we lost him. But, we did gain a first round pick. -3

Gagne sucked so immensly it was breathtaking. The smallness of the negative only reflects the fact that usually picking up a player is a net gain of something. He was so bad that he disproves this rule. -1

Here is the good news. Because Gagne was considered a high-level free agent according to MLB's grading system, we were able to draft Bryan Price out of Rice Univ. Price is a 6'4" right hander "with a 95 mph fastball with good movement and mid 80s hard slider" according to SoxProspect.com. They also say he's a bit wild. I'm a big fan of drafting college pitchers, especially ones that didn't pitch much in college. A pitcher's shoulder is very fragile and less mileage is better when the stuff is this good. +3

End result: we lost this one. I'd be happy about the loss if only we hadn't given up Beltre. That sticks in my craw. Did I just write that? What does that even mean? Oh well...

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