Seven Starters = Trade Rumors

The Herald is running a story about the Nationals rumored interest in one of the Sox gazillion starters. Brian Lawrence is out for a few months and they want to make up for his loss. Rumor is they have their eyes on the troubador Arroyo or hairy-chinned Clement. The Sox could be asking for Soriano in return for Clement, as they’re equally expensive, or Nick Johnson or Ryan Church for Arroyo. Of course, this is just a rumor, and one that doesn’t spell out whether the Sox are willing to talk. In any case, Boston fans should be encouraged; if Jim Bowden wants to deal with you (and your name is Theo Epstein), that’s very good news. I say the Sox hold out until Bowden sends them Nick Johnson, John Patterson, Chad Cordero, part ownership of the Nationals, and an all expense-paid trip to the Bahamas for all Fenway staff for the injured and disgruntled David Wells. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.

11 comments… add one
  • Let’s just hope Bowden doesn’t fork over Ryan Zimmerman.

    YF February 27, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • Can the Sox get anything for David Wells at the moment? He of the non-weight bearing leg? Francona says that he’s been long-tossing 225 feet, which sounds impressive on one leg, but if he still can’t pitch off a mound then what is coming back to the Sox in a deal? Nats season tickets?

    SF February 27, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • Hey, Bowden managed to trade for Lawrence and now it looks as if he’s done for the season. Wells fits into Jimmy B’s master plan.
    But actually the Wells situation, in tandem with the health risks that are Schilling and Beckett makes me think that the Sox should hold onto Arroyo and Clement. This staff needs as much depth as possible.

    NickYF February 27, 2006, 2:53 pm
  • Maybe the Sox can trade for Pavano if they need depth ;)
    But why would the Sox trade for Soriano? He’s probably one of the most over-hyped/overvalued players in the Majors and he’s a terrible fielder with a large contract for the year. I guess if they wanted to platoon him with Loretta at 2nd and Nixon in right, turn him into a Chone Figginsy guy, that might float with some fans as a hypothetical (however crazy) scenario, but not me. First, he says he won’t play the outfield and secondly he might be terrible at it since he’s never even done it. Thirdly he whiffs at crazy rates and gets on base like Alex Gonzalez. I see no reason why Soriano would be found anywhere on the Sox’ radar at all. Nick Johnson, on the other hand, is veddy veddy interesting.

    SF February 27, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • I agree. I think it’d be highly unlikely for a team run by Theo and Co to go for Soriano. The reasons, however, might be:
    1. it’s a plain and simple salary dump.They’ve given up on Clement and want to get rid of the remaining two years of his salary. Soriano’s a free agent in 2007.
    2. They’re nervous about the line-up’s power vacuum after Ortiz and Manny. Say what you will about Sori, but he can hit homers and doubles. If Manny or Ortiz goes down, Soriano will help in that area.

    NickYF February 27, 2006, 3:06 pm
  • You don’t think that Red Sox management understands that “power vacuums” are superficial? If (god, that word is such s bee-yotch) Lowell has any kind of year then there is no vacuum of any kind, and with the improved defense and pitching staff then the extra offense is just that, extra. As in unneeded. Perhaps unneeded even without any kind of Lowell resurgence. I say the likelihood of Soriano playing for Red Sox, absent a Spring Training or in-season injury to a position player, is nil.

    SF February 27, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • The Sox offense is ridiculously top-heavy in terms of power. I’m guessing even moreso than the Yanks’ or any other team in baseball. You have two of the most run-generating sluggers in the game in Ortiz or Manny. Outside of that, you have the oft-injured Trot who might be counted on to hit 20 homers, V-Tek, and Lowell who hit 5 last year. You throw Soriano into Fenway and he’s likely to hit close to 40 hr’s. If you still have Youk, V-Tek and other good OBP guys around him in the line-up, he’s going to help that team score. I think if Manny or Ortiz go down, Soriano is probably more valuable to that line-up than a high OBP singles guy such as Loretta.
    I could be wrong.
    I’m really trying to convince someone in the Sox FO to trade for Soriano is all.

    NickYF February 27, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • I’m really trying to convince someone in the Sox FO to trade for Soriano is all.

    SF February 27, 2006, 4:03 pm
  • Since he won’t go to the outfield, Sori doesn’t seem like a very good fit for the Sox, who already have one too many second baseman. But Yankee fans fondly remember him as a very good player. I would love to see us sign him as a free agent for the outfield.

    john February 27, 2006, 4:52 pm
  • They can go ahead. $10M (likely) per year for a guy with a .320 OBP and a glove full of holes?

    SF February 27, 2006, 7:05 pm
  • A glove full of holes? Sori’s a superb athlete, with great speed and an above average ML arm. He would be an excellent outfielder — if he would go there.
    A definite upgrade over Trot, even though Trot’s good.

    john February 28, 2006, 4:23 pm

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