We don’t necessarily trust Tony Masarotti, but if he’s right (and ESPN’s not as unequivocal), Coco’s on his way. Some things we do know: Mixed feelings abound at SoSH. He switch hits (on the field, that is). He’s young. He can’t be a free agent until 2009. He’s cost-controlled, for the most part, and he’ll end up at least $25-30M cheaper than Johnny D over the next 4 years. He had a very nice year in 2005. His offensive trends are mostly positive, and comparable to if not better than Damon’s at the same point in his career. He doesn’t seem to walk enough for a leadoff hitter. He whiffs maybe a little more than we’d like. He’s better than Adam Stern. He makes the milk taste really good.
Things we don’t know: Will Coco continue to improve? Will he be able to play well in center? (so far, the sample size is way too small) Is he worth Marte+? Who else is involved in the deal? Will the Sox be giving up even more or getting back a prospect? What number will he wear? How many other Sox blogs will put up pictures of breakfast cereal? How many ways will Yankees fans find to tear down this (possible) trade? Is Theo in favor of the tr–er, scratch that. Can Coco play shortstop too?
Lots to find out.