A look back at our relationship with Julio Lugo. *cue strings and slow-mo video*
Gonzo is looking for a multiyear deal. Although I (and others) am more than willing to sacrifice his spot in the lineup for his glove, the front office seems inexplicably infatuated with
Edgar RenteriaJulio Lugo. — Paul SF, Oct. 16, 2006
Turns out I'm more prescient than I thought!
Why are the Red Sox so obsessed with Julio Lugo?
31 years old next year, career line of .277/.340/.402/.742, exactly twice as many errors as home runs (136/68). So what if he's fast — he's a mediocre hitter and a poor fielder.
They already dumped Edgar Renteria. So why go after him again? — Paul SF, Nov. 6, 2006
Of course, the cruel irony is that Lugo was not just like Renteria. Renteria had an 89 OPS+ in his one season in Boston. Lugo approached that total only as a pinch hitter this season.
Julio Lugo, apparently in the house, for 4/36M. And the Sox lose a draft pick (I think…). Someone had to have slipped a mickey in Theo's chocolate milk. Can't say I am in love with this move. Someone (not dc!) please help me rationalize this one away. Quick. — SF, Dec. 5, 2006
For the record, my response in the comments was:
I would have been happy at 6-7M per season. I would have been angry at 10M+ per season. So I guess that puts me with everyone else in the, "Well … it doesn't suck too much" category.
If we had only known how much it really could suck.