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New Line-Up Better Than the Old Line-Up

This is a truly different Red Sox team. The team is excellent defensively and on the mound, with plenty of offense to make this work. There is no longer anyone on the free agent market worth the Sox signing to upgrade the offense. If they need offense, their best bet is a mid-season trade.

On defense, the Sox will have Gold Glove caliber defenders at every position besides catcher. All their outfielders can run. And their infield should be excellent as well. I feel good when my biggest defensive concerns, after V-Mart's arm, are how good Youk really is at third (he has never played a full season there in the majors), how much range does Scutaro have at short, and poor throwing arms in left and centerfield. Not too shabby.

Offensively, everyone underestimates Casey Kotchman (firstbase). He's good enough that the Braves accepted Kotchman and a minor league pitcher for Mark Texeira two years ago - a price tag was admitedly skewed by it being T's last year before signing…

Trade: Ramirez to/from the Texas Rangers

I call to order this meeting of the Texas Rangers executives. Let's start this thing off. Steve, I think you said you had an update on negotiations with the Red Sox on trading a Ramirez... or was it getting a Ramirez. Anyway, Steve?

Thanks Bob. The Sox have offered to trade us Ramirez. We're negotiating to let them pay his salary while we send them some talent from our system. The good news is, as per regular order, this trade will simply not go through.

How so?

Well, it's like you've said so often Bob: "why make a trade when you can act like you're making a trade but really not do anything but it still feels like a trade which is fun and sort of exciting but in this case still changes nothing which is safer which I like which is good which I like." Remember when you said that?

I did?

Ok enough about that. The other trade we have in the works, not coincidentally also with the Red Sox and involving a Ramirez, involves us getting an old third basement wh…

Moving from Lowell

Looks like the Sox are on the verge of trading Mike Lowell to the Rangers for 25-year old slugging (??) unpositioned Max Ramirez and millions of dollars.

I'll try to get back to you about the value of Max Ramirez (3rd catcher who can maybe blossem as a hitter?). But it seems like the speculation is that this means the Sox will try to sign Adrian Beltre, late of Seattle.

It's a bad move to sign Beltre to a 4-5 year deal for big money. He's a great defensive third baseman who has had some big offensive years. I also understand why they think he'd hit significantly better with Fenway as his home rather than massive Safeco.

That said, he'll be 31 this season which means he'd be close to... Lowell's age when the contract is up. He's a bad on-base guy which also plays against the Sox overall game plan. He's a good player, but I don't see how he fits with the Sox right now.

The bottom line to me is that Lowell should be more healthy next season than h…