Welcome Back Kason (and the Offense)

The Eric Gagne trade just got a little bit better. Or maybe it's gotten a little bit worse.

And what a difference a week makes:
  • Red Sox, 1st 8 games: .237/.319/.388, 3.6 RPG, no games scoring more than five runs.
  • Red Sox, next 7 games: .320/.409/.580, 7.9 RPG, one game scoring fewer than six runs.

Bring on the Yankees!

25 comments… add one
  • Woah, that’s a surprise. Now if only we can somehow reacquire Hanley too I’ll be happy!

    Atheose April 24, 2009, 8:46 am
  • If the Rangers, the single most pitching starved organization in baseball don’t want him why would the Red Sox want him? In the words of my good buddy Brad “Whatever blows your hair back.”
    Saturday’s match-up is truly exciting. Beckett, AJ Part I. Hopefully it lives up to it’s billing, they usually don’t.

    John - YF April 24, 2009, 9:03 am
  • You nailed it, John. Taking pitchers from Texas is like taking water from the dehydrated guy – something must be wrong with it.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 9:26 am
  • Danks and Volquez (2/3’s of “DVD Boys”) turned out ok, but those guys were traded for value.
    I will say from all accounts Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland are supposed to be the real deal (time will tell). Maybe those two will change their fortunes RE: SP’s.
    It’s always a good day when I get to quote Brad.

    John - YF April 24, 2009, 9:30 am
  • ha.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 9:31 am
  • The Rangers are pitching starved because they don’t make pitching their priority. Trading Gabbard for some cash is a reflection of this philosophy. If all he’s costing us is cash then it’s definitely worth it. If he spontaneously combusts while taking a shower then what have we wasted? Just a bit of cash. I’m cool with that.

    Atheose April 24, 2009, 9:31 am
  • I read somewhere that the Ranger Owner is in serious money problems right now anyhow. Like, missing payments and such. So maybe Texas will be a firesale as soon as they’re out of it. Sign me up for Hamilton, please..hahaha.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 9:38 am
  • true, Hicks defaulted on like 512,000 loan payment (that’s not the amount, just what he owes IIRC) or something like that. Although, I can’t imagine a pitcher coming off of elbow surgery would net much of a mortgage payment.
    I think it’s just organizational filler – with Hansack going down with a dislocated shoulder, they need some AAA fodder.

    dw (sf) April 24, 2009, 9:45 am
  • I’ll take Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, and Elvis Andrus. Oh, and Millwood too. He’d be a fine 3/4 starter if he didn’t have to play in Arlington 50% of the time.

    Atheose April 24, 2009, 9:45 am
  • Don’t fight it: Hamilton is destined to be a Yankee after that spiritual renewal in the Bronx at the ASG last year.

    Mark _YF April 24, 2009, 9:50 am
  • Mark, you shouldn’t say things like that: it’s bad for my blood pressure!
    So tonight in Fenway does Teixeira get boo’d to high hell, or does he get the silent treatment? I like the idea of the silent treatment, but it would be a thing of beauty to see somebody boo’d more than ARod.

    Atheose April 24, 2009, 12:20 pm
  • //Taking pitchers from Texas is like taking water from the dehydrated guy – something must be wrong with it.
    Or maybe it just means the guy is dehydrated because he doesn’t recognize water when he sees it. ;) It’s always easier to get a good deal out of clubs that do a poor job of evaluating talent, IMO.

    Jackie (SF) April 24, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • I think if kason had any real talent, Boston (a team that judges talent wonderfully), wouldn’t have been happy to include him the first time around, jackie:)

    Brad April 24, 2009, 2:49 pm
  • Actually, I can’t see Hamilton ever coming to the either city. Big city’s are not what that guy needs in his life. He needs to be in very low pressure, middle-America environments. I think the temptation that exists in the city for anyone in his condition is just too much to handle.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • edit: to either city..
    I’m off today. Something else must be on my mind!

    Brad April 24, 2009, 2:52 pm
  • That’s true too (though the Sox seem to have gotten the *very* raw end of that original deal. Ugh.) I don’t have any real opinions on Gabbard himself, to be honest, I just like being contrary and so felt the need to point out the flip side of that premise. :)

    Jackie (SF) April 24, 2009, 2:55 pm
  • He needs to be in very low pressure, middle-America environments
    Yes, because we know that middle America has no issues with drugs or alcohol. This is utter bullshit.
    Hamilton needs to be wherever he feels is right for his own lifestyle, be it Texas, a small town, or a city, but it has nothing to do with “Middle America” versus “Not Middle America”.

    SF April 24, 2009, 3:11 pm
  • Let’s get the facts down, too:
    Dallas/FW Metro area – 4th largest in the nation
    Tampa/St. Pete – 19th largest in the nation
    Where did Hamilton have his biggest drug/lifestyle issues, again?
    I can’t stand generalizations based in stereotypes like the one you have just made, Brad.

    SF April 24, 2009, 3:17 pm
  • ^What SF said.

    Atheose April 24, 2009, 3:27 pm
  • Wow. I wasn’t making a generalization, SF, but as per norm, you feel the need to step in with the almighty response to something harmless. I was simply stating that big cities, regardless of where Josh Hamilton had his problems, offer an abundance of temptation. I don’t see where you get all fluffed up about something as harmless as that; temptations obviously exist everywhere, but big cities, with big night life offer a lot of it. It’s not a generalization.
    “Where did Hamilton have his biggest drug/lifestyle issues, again”
    You’re right, SF. I guess I should have just googled “city size” versus “drug problems” before posting, but since I wasn’t making inflamatory comments, or digging on anyone or anything, I didn’t think that someone whould take offense. I guess I just underestimated how much you feel the need to say something to everything.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 5:00 pm
  • And I was basing my “big cities are not what the guy needs” on the interview he did with Peter Gammons where he states that he loves the country, and isn’t a big city guy, which I immediately took heed to since, well, I’m a fan of guy with a team in a big city.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 5:04 pm
  • Yes, because we know that middle America has no issues with drugs or alcohol. This is utter bullshit.
    What’s bullshit is you making a comment like that one, and taking my comment completely out of context from what I was trying to say. I realize that you feel the need to shat on anything and everything all the time, but I made no comments insinuating that any part of the country is more drug free than any other.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 5:10 pm
  • edit: I’m a fan of a team that plays in a big city.
    Whatever, SF. I’m not going to argue over what I meant. If you’re offended, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to insinuate that Texas is any better an environment than anywhere else on the planet – regardless of what my own personal feelings are. Guys with drug problems can live anywhere.
    I’ll make sure to SF-proof my posts in the future so as to not say something you “can’t stand”.

    Brad April 24, 2009, 5:14 pm
  • Brad, I am not sure how it would have been possible for me to understand you were referencing Hamilton’s own thoughts on the matter, it’s completely non-evident from what you wrote. Honestly, you write assertively, you say what he needs, and you never say anything about his having asserted that. How the hell am I supposed to know you are referring to a Gammons interview? If you had said it that way, I wouldn’t have reacted as such.
    As you did comment, and based on your avowed politics, how else should I have read what you wrote?

    SF April 24, 2009, 6:28 pm
  • Seriously, SF? You thought I was making a political statement? Well, I wasn’t, and I probably should have clarified what I said, but I honestly didn’t think even the staunchest of liberals would read into it that way. My apologies.

    Brad April 25, 2009, 10:08 am

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