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Trading Deadline

The Sox come away from the trading deadline with a new utility infielder who has a solid record with the bat especially against lefties (Mike Aviles) and a lefty starter with arguably one of the most dynamic arms in the game and likely one of the least reliable medical charts - or most reliable if you are relying on him to not pitch (Erik Bedard).

What do we think?

The Sox are the best team in baseball right now with only the Phillies as a legitimate rival - I repeat "right now". One of the common misconceptions during the trade deadline is that you can fix your problems if you want to. This is especially misguided when it comes to pitching - which happens to be the biggest question for the Sox as long as Buchholz sits on the sidelines.

Aside from selling the farm for Ubaldo Jimenez - who's not having a great year but has serious talent - there are few pitcher's out there that are actually guaranteed to be an improvement on the back three of the Sox rotation: Lackey, Wakefield, and my mom. The grass is greener on the other mound.

The fact is that the Sox picked up a very talented pitcher for a moderate price (Fife will be a solid reliever in the majors and Federowicz will be, at worst, a solid backup catcher but that wasn't going to happen with the Sox with Lavarnway ready to join Salty next year). If the Sox have a chance of upgrading over Lackey and Wake, aside from Buch, the only chance of that happening is Bedard finding his grove again. This is a guy whose last year with the O's struck out 221 in 182 innings. He's not that guy anymore but he still has some stuff in the left arm.

Aviles is the insurance for Scut, Peddy and Youkilis that it seems Jed Lowries just won't be. If he can learn a bit of outfield, maybe he can even platoon with Reddick. Oh yeah, there's that.

The Sox did not get Beltran or Fukadome. That is likely in part due to the price, but it's also a vote of confidence that Reddick will grab this opportunity - or that the real JD Drew will step up.

So, the Sox likely improved themselves. But they also know that they are a great team right now and might improve further with Buchholz returning - and who knows, maybe JD Drew will remember how to hit.

Comments

Big Bill said…
Not very nice thing to say about your Mom. I think she's very upset.

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