Alex Gonzalez Back

Epstein's search for a shortstop ends continues?

Someone tell Theo what this is.  Or, is it this?
15 comments… add one
  • yeah, why bother with him? large salary, and according to UZR green is 4 wins more than him (per 150 games). With abuot the same offense. maybe he’s just insurance, better than woodward – at least he can play multiple positions.

    dw (sf) August 14, 2009, 2:37 pm
  • I’m surprised he makes that much, to be honest. I liked him when he was in Boston though.

    Atheose August 14, 2009, 2:46 pm
  • .554 OPS. Shoot me.

    SF August 14, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • F*cking hell. Overrated defensively and a zero offensively. Wow. Still, maybe he’s the DH replacement for Ortiz?
    (I’m kidding, but really, Ortiz just flat-out sucks except for June. He oughta be benched when Youk gets back, maybe give him a try next year.)

    Devine August 14, 2009, 2:49 pm
  • Gonzalez > Woodward. That’s all you really need to know about this acquisition.
    Of course, it’s not like this team needs another tie to 2006.

    Paul SF August 14, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • It’s funny how many people jump on the memory/reputation thing, and forget the player has aged (sometime significantly)!
    I bet folks would be excited to get Nomah back at SS (for the one inning he’d play before exploding with tendons and ligaments flying everywhere)

    dw (sf) August 14, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • I’m looking at the free agents available this offseason: that’s how bad this acquisition makes me feel.
    Now I just feel worse. It’s a pretty bad crop available this winter, and the Yankees will probably get most of the good ones.
    The Sox will probably get Bay or Holliday, whichever the Yanks don’t want (unless they get both, replacing Damon and Swisher).
    It’s not a great group of corner infielders, but I kinda hope the Sox go after either Figgins or Johnson (Beltre might be next best and he’s coming off surgery–they are all a bit over 30), and play Youk on whichever side is left over (Lowell DHing if Papi stays at current levels or spelling the injury-ridden Johnson).
    Shortstop is barren. You could go after Scutaro if you believe this is a breakout year and disregard the fact he’ll be 34.
    Starting pitching: the big names are John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar, both on the wrong side of 30, and we know how Lackey LOVES Fenway. Maybe you like the cumulatively above-average (and 35-year-old) Jarrod Washburn.
    This, of course, disregards any young talent the Sox think are due to break out, any trades, and anyone in the minor leagues.

    Devine August 14, 2009, 3:41 pm
  • I’d expect the Red Sox to trade for a shortstop, namely J.J. Hardy, who could try and demand a trade with the way the Brewers are treating him.

    AndrewYF August 14, 2009, 3:43 pm
  • I would love Hardy, and supposedly Theo does too. He’s having a down year, which should lower his price as well.

    Atheose August 14, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • Or better yet:
    Clay Buchholz
    Daniel Bard
    Manny Delcarmen
    And like 2 other minor-leaguers for Hanley.

    Atheose August 14, 2009, 4:04 pm
  • I’m not sure the Red Sox have the pieces Florida would want for them to move Hanley. Remember, they have much more leverage and much less reason to trade a more valuable commodity than Halladay. You’d need a stud position/starting prospect or young position/starting player who has already had some amount of success in the major leagues. Clay Buchholz still isn’t that. Dan Bard and Delcarmen are relievers. And the Sox don’t have a stud minor league prospect right now.
    Of course, if Buchholz turns into Drysdale down the stretch this could change, but right now, they just don’t have the pieces necessary for that kind of trade. I don’t think there are many major league teams who do.

    AndrewYF August 14, 2009, 4:20 pm
  • Hanley is a pipe-dream.

    Devine August 14, 2009, 4:28 pm
  • Where did the term pipe-dream come from? Are they referring to a bong pipe?

    AndrewYF August 14, 2009, 5:48 pm
  • David Ortiz batting 7th tonight!

    pale blue eyes August 14, 2009, 5:54 pm
  • well, theo just gave me my wtf moment for the day…but, and here’s where i start to demonstrate the nicer me, he had to do something, anything, at ss…
    i don’t see hanley being available for another couple of years the way his contract is structured…he’s still comes very cheaply even by marlins standards…

    dc August 15, 2009, 9:17 am

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