Broken News: Sox Trade for Lopez

The Red Sox finally completed the much-discussed, non-surprising trade for Javy Lopez. Lopez wanted to catch more; the Red Sox wanted someone to hit at least .200 from the catcher position. Perfect match, considering the circumstances.

Will Lopez be the catalyst that vaults the Red Sox back to first in the AL East? What will the Sox do with him once Varitek and Wakefield return? Will the team implode from the strain of having two people on the roster named Javier Lopez? Can Theo use this to rebut accusations that he "did nothing" on the trade front? Comments and thoughts on the trade, if you wish, go here.

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  • it’s pretty much a no-brainer deal. The Sox are desperate for a decent catcher to fill in offensively while V-Tek recovers. Lopez has some pop in his bat and the potential to be a plus hitter.

    Nick-YF August 4, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Yeah, it’s not really surprising or that big a deal. Perhaps the only really surprising thing is that the Sox got a player that good post-deadline to fill in for a month, as opposed to the Mike Kieberthal/Ken Huckaby type I would have expected…
    Still, I put it up because it just sucked as a Sox fan not to have any trades to discuss on Deadline Day.

    Paul SF August 4, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • You can understand the Orioles’ motivation. He’s unhappy, relatively expensive. And, of course, since he’s pricey, AL wild card contenders were probably not too anxious to block him coming to Boston.

    Nick-YF August 4, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • The move was a must-do for the Sox. It’s the perfect deal at the perfect time for both teams. His production should improve in the Boston lineup. Lopez hits a respectable .281 AVG / .805 OPS in Fenway and I think he has the potential to improve on that given the lineup around him. He can still play. That first base experiment screwed with him.
    Also, the Theo ‘did nothing’ knock is a little harsh. His explanation was sound. The Sox can’t match the Yankees blow for blow and their success should come over the long term with respects to pitching. Ozwalt would have cost the Sox dearly. And let’s face it, there weren’t a whole lot of quality arms out there.
    Even if they don’t win the division, they will still make the playoffs. Now if, down the line, he does what the Mets did with Kazmir, then you’ll have something to be pissed about.

    lp August 4, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • No-brainer move for the Sox, obviously.
    I haven’t been able to find who the PTBNL was. Anyone know?

    yankeemonkey August 4, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Or Theo held onto prospects he shouldn’t have held onto. Time will tell. I don’t think it’s clear if Theo was right to play it safe with his prospects. The most salient examples of gm errors are the ones where a Kazmir or Bagwell is traded for an immediate fix. Hardly anyone talks about the times when a GM trades away a promising prospect for a more immediate return and it works. But those trades happen.

    Nick-YF August 4, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • Having followed Javy all season (a bad pick in my fantasy draft) I can say a few things about this move:
    We know he can hit. However, Javy bitched about not being allowed to play catcher all year but still seemed to get injured (back, knee, back again, shoulder, neck, back, wrist and then back–again) at a super high clip while DHing.
    He’s either never got started because of the injuries, or simply because they weren’t willing to allow him to play longer (though, if you look back it was almost entirely injury related followed by Javy acting the fool and management saying “You’re batting 200, shut up).
    All that being said, he is still on my fantasy team and has the potential of being alot more productive in the Sox line up in the hitting friendly Fenway. Of course, a ham sandwhich could be more prouctive than Every-man-a-Tek’s been this year.

    walein August 4, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • The breaking news right now is that Andruw Jones has been claimed on the wavers by an unnamed team. I think the Braves have two possiblities, make a deal with that team or pull Jones from wavers and lose the chance to trade him for the rest of the year.
    Is it the Red Sox?
    Houston?
    The Angels?

    walein August 4, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • I think Lopez is going to be really good in Boston, and I’m not happy about it. I’m a big fan of his.
    Interesting news, Walein. Any updates on which team claimed Jones?

    Sam August 4, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Well, I can add my own update: apparently, “multiple teams” placed a claim on Jones. Given Boston’s record I think it’s almost impossible for them to have been the winning team. Houston sounds about right.

    Sam August 4, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • I can’t imagine the entire NL passing on Jones…so likely not Boston.

    yankeemonkey August 4, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • yankeemonkey: its being rumored that Adam Stern was the PTBNL but could also be Muchado. Either way after an apparent incident with Boston talking to Julio Lugo’s agent about his interest to play second and also sign an extension were Boston to aquire him before the deadline, Tampas pretty pissed about this and as a result some sources in MLB have said they will put in claims on both players if there added to the waiver wire, making it likely the PTBNL wont happen til asfter the season.

    TJ August 4, 2006, 4:24 pm
  • So, if Tampa lays hands on the players the Sox owe to the Orioles, what happens next?
    The trade baffles me a bit, because the last I heard the news about Tek was supposed to be good — that he’d “only” be out for about 3 weeks. Either that’s bull, or Lopez is going to be a pretty unhappy guy in about 3 weeks.

    Hudson August 4, 2006, 5:00 pm
  • That’s my question too, Hudson. Seems like Lopez will be great for a month, then what? A couple-times-a-week backup for Tek ’til Wakefield returns?

    Paul SF August 4, 2006, 5:08 pm
  • This is my half-hearted defense of Tek this season, from the above Ham Sandwich comparison:
    Among all MLB cathcers this season, Varitek is:
    * 6th in RBI (50)
    * Tied for 5th in homers (11)
    * 3rd in walks (39)
    * 9th in OBP/SLG/OPS
    * Tied for 3rd best in errors (3)
    I’m not arguing that he’s having a great year, but he’s a career .270 batter, who’s hitting .243 — let’s not go overboard. Before the injury, he was on pace to equal his career-best in RBIs (85).

    airk August 4, 2006, 5:09 pm
  • Hudson, if they lay claim to Stern, the Sox would withdraw his name and make the deal a PTBNL. Stern would then get traded in the winter.

    Nick-YF August 4, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • Apparently, according to Edes, the Rays would for sure lay claim to Machado, asre considering Stern. Sean McAdam is reporting the PTBN is indeed Stern.

    Paul SF August 4, 2006, 5:32 pm
  • The Sox already have Lopez. The Rays’ petty “payback” would hurt no one but Baltimore. Silly Devil Rays. Winning is for Red Sox.

    Paul SF August 4, 2006, 5:33 pm
  • Tampa wont get the player because Boston would just retract the waiver and wait til this winter to finish the deal, but yes it only hurt Baltimore because they cant audition the player from now til the end of the season in the majors to see what they have in him.

    TJ August 4, 2006, 5:52 pm

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