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Red Sox Trade Mike Lowell to the Rangers

Mike Lowell to the Rangers

The Red Sox have almost finalized a deal that will send Mike Lowell to the Texas Rangers for Max Ramirez.  The Red Sox are also kicking in a reported $8-$9 million of Lowell’s $12 million salary to get the deal done.  This is a move that strikes me as a precursor to something coming up down the road.  Max Ramirez is not considered a top prospect by any means so this is clearly not a case of getting an impact prospect by kicking in money to cover a chunk of Lowell’s salary.  To me, this seems like a move to simply offload Lowell so they can fill 1st or 3rd with another player.

There are rumors that the Red Sox are very interested Adrian Beltre.  Beltre is a great defensive 3rd baseman but, besides his last contract year in LA, he has never been an impact bat in a lineup.  If the Sox were to replace Lowell with Beltre, I really hope that they are also planning on making sure that either Bay or Holliday are playing in left field next year.

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Sports Suck Right Now

::Rant Alert::

Well I’m just going to say it, the sports world sucks for me right now.  Notre Dame was unbearable to watch all fall.  Now they have no coach and despite all of those rumors about big names like Stoops and Meyer, it is not going to happen.  I want Brian Kelly to get the job but he is far from a home run.  Ugh…

The Patriots are average because of the total lack of a pass-rush and strange play calls.  Seriously, how can an NFL defense get such little pressure on a QB?  It is sad to watch.  Belichick prides himself on being prepared and having his teams prepared.  How could the go into this season with such a problem on defense?  Sadly it won’t get fixed until the offseason.  I see this team going 10-6, winning the division, winning wild card weekend and then getting stomp in the divisional round.  Ugh…

Finally, the Red Sox.  They called a press conference on Friday for what they deemed “a major announcement.”  That announcement…the signing of career utility infielder, journey man Marco Scutaro.   Some people are applauding the move saying he is a great defender and can hit pretty well.  I see it as another low-money, low-reward signing that has become the signature of the Theo Epstein Era.  Theo is great at drafting and developing players, as well as making trades, he isn’t great at free agent signing.  Oh and I fully expect Jason Bay to go to Seattle and then the Sox will overpay for Holliday.  Ugh…

So the three teams that I follow the closest are all pissing me off.  Ugh…

On a positive note, at least the Celtics are getting it going.

Dustin Pedroia to Shortstop?

Taking a break from the Notre Dame coaching search:

Peter Gammons is reporting that the Red Sox have floated the idea of moving Dustin Pedroia.  Personally, I love the idea is this involved getting a player like Dan Uggla or Brandon Phillips to play second.  A move like that would significantly strengthen the lineup – and it really needs some strengthening.  I have been a Brandon Phillips fan for a while and would love to see him playing second at Fenway next season.

SoxTeaParty has a good take on Dustin Pedroia moving to shortstop – definitely a short-term solution but a great one if they can get Phillips!!

Miguel Cabrera to the Red Sox?

Miguel Cabrera to the Red Sox

In other MLB news, Miguel Cabrera could potentially be on the market this winter.  The Detroit Tigers are hemorrhaging money and have already put Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson on the block.  Cabrera has a huge contract and some off-the-field issues and there is some whispers that he may be available.  If I were the Red Sox, I would do everything that I can to get this guy.  The Boston Herald mentioned this in a story today.   I know I just wrote about them making a run at Halladay but Cabrera can be a guy that makes just as big of an impact.

I know that he has weight and character issues – but the guy is an elite hitter, a guy you can build a lineup around.  He could make a Mark Teixeira-type impact that the Sox were looking for last winter.  I have been open about saying the Sox need to rework the everyday lineup considerably to compete with the Yankees.  This is a way to do that, almost instantly.

There are some potential hang-ups – what is Detroit looking for in return?  The Sox may not have to give up as much as they would for Halladay because of Cabrera’s contract (6 years and $126 million left on it).  Could the Sox assume the entire contract and give some lesser prospects?  Detroit would have a tough time selling that to their fans but if they are really in serious financial trouble, they may not have a choice.

Could they acquire Cabrera, Halladay, and sign Bay/Holliday in free agency?  That would add around $50-$60 million onto their payroll and they may not be willing to do that.  If it happened though, they might as well fire up the duck boats now because there is no one – not even the Yankees – that could compete with a roster like that.

Roy Halladay to the Red Sox?

Roy Halladay to the Red Sox

The New York Daily News is citing inside sources and saying that the Red Sox are making a hard push to acquire Roy Halladay.  I imagine that Toronto will ask for a package starting with Buchholz and Bard – they may even push to include Sox top prospect Casey Kelly.  If I were the Sox, I would push to get this done, and get it done quickly.  Although I think all three of these pitchers that the Sox would potentially have to give up will be very good down the road, Halladay is a game changer.  The Sox would have the best rotation in baseball BY A MILE with three Aces leading the way.

Plus the Sox need to do something this offseason to reshape this roster – as it stands now, I think this is an 85-90 win ballclub and that won’t be enough to keep the Fenway Faithful happy next summer.

This Just In: Mark Sanchez Throws Another Interception!

AHHHHH HA HA HA!!  Nice work Sanchize!!!  I have never liked the Jets but I never got revved up for games against them.  It was like when Notre Dame USED to dominate Navy every year…you just expected them to win.  When rat bastard Mangini was in charge, I loved the beat downs the Pats gave them.  Now that the blowhard Rex Ryan is in charge, I take extra joy in their misery.  If only they could have hit that last deep ball to Moss!!

Trouble with the Boston Celtics?

Has anyone been watching the Celtics lately?  If you have then you are probably like me and a little concerned with the way things have been going.  Even the games they have been winning have not been very impressive.  Kevin Garnett does not look right – the fact that he still seems to have a limp and there has never been anything official on what he actually hurt last year is concerning.  Rajon Rondo does not look like the same player – could it be a post-contract hangover?  Contracts are guaranteed in the NBA so I sure hope not.  Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace have not found their stroke from the outside lately.  Thankfully Paul Pierce continues to be the dependable scorer for this team, especially towards the end of the game.

Ultimately I think this team will turn it around but the trend is concerning.  For a team that was talking about 72 wins at the start of the year, they better hope that it turns around quickly.


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