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Trade Fever

The Sox are slumping, clearly. Now that they have traded for Adam LaRoche, it's like they broke the seal on a feverish panic - at least on the Globe's web site - for a major trade.

Nick Cafardo wrote that the Sox got LaRoche and are struggling so they clearly are going for Roy Halladay. The problem with this lacking logic is that getting LaRoche has nothing to do with getting Halladay.

Halladay is very possibly the best pitcher in the game today but he's 32 years old. I would never trade for him except that he's under contract for next year as well.

The other issue here is the nature of the Sox recent struggles. It's offensive - and offensive. The Halladay magic pill would be a nice one to take in a lot of ways, but it won't help Jason Bay snap out of it. The problem with the Sox is that last night they had two batters (Youk and Peddy) who could hit.

The pitching will be fine. The bullpen is great. The starters all lost their rythm coming out of the all star break and should be better this time around the rotation. Beckett and Lester are elite; Penny will be fine I think back on regular rest; Wake will come back strong (I don't think he's really hurt badly. I think they wanted to rest him and figure out what they have this year in young Buchholz); and Smoltz... I haven't given up yet.

The Sox need Bay, Papi and Drew to hit something hard. They need Ellsbury, Lowrie, LaRoche/Lowell and Tek to be better than easy outs. Then they'll win again. I also wouldn't mind if they could throw out a stealing baserunner.


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