Need some time to digest the big moves today, but my first reaction to hearing that Nomar was traded was “who’s the new pitcher?”. The answer was nobody, and to me that seems suspect. Theo must figure that the defensive upgrades of Cabrera and Minky make Derek Lowe into Matt Clement, but that seems like wishful thinking. The general response on SoSH, over 26 pages of comments, is that Theo made an awful mistake. I will be a naysayer, and the bottom line is that Theo got two very good fielding infielders and competent hitters (Cabrera having an off year, though) for a 5-day a week disgruntled former superstar in his walk year. That the Cubs only gave up a crappy shortstop from their everyday team is a victory for their front office, and a big one.
Will this deal improve the Sox markedly? Probably not. But is it the umitigated disaster many Sox fans seem to think? Nope. It’s, at best, a minor improvement. And the worst case scenario? The offense dies wihtout Nomar, our sentimentality is badly bruised seeing our former hero play his last game in a Sox uniform a bit earlier than we had hoped, and the Sox end the year disappointingly. But, that was the worst case scenario with Nomar in the lineup for the rest of the year, so there you go.
As for Loaiza for Contreras, is there any more evidence needed that Kenny Williams may just be the worst GM in all of baseball? Not that Loaiza is Cy Young, but Contreras is barely a major league pitcher, and at least Loaiza has shown, for a couple years now, that he belongs in the first 3 of a rotation. Good move for the Yanks, more proof that if you keep calling morons they’ll eventually answer the phone.