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To New Beginnings. Cheers

I am happy I was wrong about the Manny trade. Today the Sox traded Manny, Brandon Moss, and Craig Hansen for former Vermont Expo, outfielder Jason Bay. Since I was living in Burlington during the time he played there and did go to many Expos' games, I consider Jason Bay a close personal friend, despite never having "met" him.

This is a good trade for the Sox. They had to take a leap of faith within the next year or two to acquire a younger slugger. Such a trade will by it's nature be a risk. Nonetheless , I think this is about as low a risk trade as there is. The frustrating part will be potentially watch Moss turn into a strong corner outfielder in the mold of... Jason Bay. And given his stuff, there's still a chance that Hansen will be an elite closer in the not-too-distant future.

I look at the trade this way:
  • In order to get Bay, we gave up Manny(and have to pay the rest of his salary for the year, $7 million).
  • In order to get a power hitter 6 years younger than Manny, we traded away a young power bullpen arm (and one that is currently on the active major league roster).
  • In order to get rid of the distraction and headache that is Manny Ramirez, we traded a young, major league-ready outfielder/firstbaseman.
For my money, I think this is a good trade. I feel that Manny is so selfish that he would (again) mail in the season or even fake an injury just to screw the team and inflict some bizarro world idea of justice on those that slighted him. On that front, let me just say: "the Red Sox don't deserve me"? You don't deserve the Red Sox and their fans. The Sox fans have let Manny get away with destroying a season and driving us insane, purely because he can hit like no one I've ever seen.

So what does Tito do with the line-up? In a perfect world, J.D. would still be tearing it up and Ellsbury could bat leadoff, but that's not the world we'll watch the Sox play in tomorrow night against Oakland. They may just insert Bay into the clean up spot. Or will we see a future lineup like Jacoby, Pedroia, Bay, Tiz, J.D., Lowell, Youk, Tek, Lowrie?

It's a new era, and it's about baseball, not Manny.


Loose Ends: I am excited to have a much better baserunner and more mobel outfielder in left than Manny ever was. Bay's are is supposed to be pretty weak, but as Troy O'Leady, Mike Greenwell and others have shown, it takes accurate throws to play the Monster, not long ones... How in the world did the Dodgers get Manny Ramirez for a backup infielder and a pitching prospect? ... The Sox will have one open spot on their roster with the loss of Hansen. Aardsma and Colon are the most likely long-term prospect to take that. For now, I'd guess a return my righty Chris Smith... Bay is under contract through next year.

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