Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Hot Stove is cooking, baby!

First off, thanks to evilsnare and lefty and everyone else who offered their condolences, I really appreciate it.  Last week was pretty lousy but leave it to the Red Sox to try and brighten my days!

The trade.  Made even juicier late last night with the addition of Guillermo Mota.  There’s too many factors to consider here…so I’ll break down MY feelings about the trade by player.

Sox first.

Hanley Ramirez:  Hanleyramirez The golden boy around these parts.  In 2004 the baseball world was wondering why he hadn’t been called up (many rumors pointed at his maturity level as opposed to his playing skills as the reason)…in 2005, with the addition of Edgar Renteria…many were wondering why Theo wasn’t using him as trade bait.  I had the chance to see Hanley play in person twice in 2005, once at Spring Training and once during the season in Portland.  The kid obviously has "skills" in the field.  But both times I saw him, he barely got the bat off his shoulder, and when he did, he did nothing with the contact.  Not one hit in both my sightings.  Now in the big picture this means absolutely nothing…but from a personal view, I was never all that attached to him as anything other than good trade bait.  So for ME, this was a no-brainer.  We want the hottest pitcher available on the market?  We give up the kid so many others think is the next "it" boy.  I don’t see it happening for Hanley, but good luck to him.  He’s a good kid (he’s AMAZING with the fans, especially the kids…I hope he doesn’t lose that) and I wish him well.

Anibal Sanchez:  Another "not ready for prime time player" if you ask me.  But I’ve never seen him pitch in person.  Color me happy that Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon and ESPECIALLY Craig Hansen are still on the team.  If Sanchez had to be sacrificed, so be it.

Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia:  Good luck in Florida boys.  Where I sense you’ll be as well-known as you were in Boston.

On to Florida.

Mike Lowell:  Being a player’s fan…I like Lowell.  He plays hard, is great with the fans and his teammates all seem to just love him.  Mikelowell Problem for me is, we already have this guy on our team in the name of Kevin Millar (and Kevin is MUCH less expensive).  Okay, to be fair, Lowell is FAR superior to Millar in the field.  But he isn’t an upgrade from Mueller.  (Yes, I know Bill Mueller didn’t get a gold glove last year and Lowell did…but many, including me, think Mueller played Gold Glove calibre ball in 2005 – alas, so did Eric Chavez…)  On the plus side, I think playing in Fenway will definitely help boost  his dismal batting average from 2005.  Although, if I’m being honest, I’m hoping the Sox find a way to flip him in a trade (Sorry, Mike, if they keep you I’ll definitely be rooting for you!).

Guillermo Mota:  This name kept ringing in my ears.  Like I had been talking about him a while ago to friends and couldn’t remember why.  Then I received an email this morning reminding me.  Piazza_fight This is the former Dodgers pitcher who ran into his dugout after hitting Mike Piazza (twice in two seasons) and being chased there by Piazza and Jeromy Burnitz.  (Piazza then stalked Mota after the game, even going so far as to burst into the Dodgers clubhouse screaming, "Where’s Mota?")  At the time, I remember thinking that Mike Piazza was a psycho and Mota was a bit of a wuss.  Now I’m glad to have another pitcher in the ‘pen (and Mota is miles better than any guy the Sox have in the bullpen right now whose last name isn’t Timlin) but the idea of having someone on the team who can’t stand his ground during a fight…man, that just has "plays of the week" written all over it.  Mets come to Fenway this year….a Mota/Piazza rematch would be sweet!  Red Sox fans are already making space on their hard drives for all the pictures they’ll be downloading from that brawl.

Plus that whole, "we just picked up two better than average pitchers for some prospects" angle…that’s nice too.

Josh Beckett:  Am I worried about his shoulder?  Slightly.  But not enough to quash the trade.  Am I worried about his blisters?  Nah.  Derek Lowe helped bring us to the World Series with a very similar malady.  Here’s a guy who dates a "famous hot chick"…so he already knows how to deal with the press and with attention being dumped on him from all sides.  He’s the hot new thing in Boston, which will take the pressure off of Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke (their both being the hot new things in 2004 and having to live up to the hype and their history in 2005)…he’s from Texas, apparently we Red Sox fans love those boys…oh yeah, and 25, one heck of a pitcher generally and pretty much had the Yankees number…so I’m a happy gal.Beckett_josh8

One more thing about Beckett…the Sox better let him wear number 21.  There is NO reason he shouldn’t be given that number.  It’s his, he’s going to be a big part of this team…let him wear it.

My man Thome got traded to Chicago while I was "away".  Good for him, good for Philly and bad for Chicago.  (I love Thome, he’s my favorite active, non-Red Sox player, but he’s had his day.  And for Chicago to give up Aaron Rowand for him – well someone there was sniffing glue the day that call came in from Philadelphia.)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mine was nice, but I’m much more of a Christmas person (my apologies to those who that might offend…I’m Catholic, I celebrate "Christmas" not the "holidays") so now we’re getting into my favorite season (second only to baseball), the Christmas season!

I’m not sure how much better the hot stove can get for the Red Sox…but I can’t wait to find out!


November 25, 2005 - Posted by | Hot Stove


  1. I do not really know what to think of this trade yet. Beckett is a decent pitcher but that was in the national league. We got Carl last off season after he had a terrific year and that did not work out to well for us. Give me Willis or if you got Willis then that would be to good to be true. Guess we will have to wait to see him pitch. Now the Thome trade was great. Though I am the biggest Yankee fan I live in Pennsylvania; so I follow the Phils and Pirates. I am so happy they got rid of him and made room for Howard. I wanted Rowland for the Yankees; so that’s the only bad thing about it. Nice B-log… I too am not a big fan of Thanksgiving. Actually my favorite holiday is the 4th of July; so if it could just be July everything would be swell.

    Comment by | November 25, 2005 | Reply

  2. So what do you think the Yankees will do this offseason? You know cashman won’t say silent all winter. Rumors are Cash is checking out the free and trade markets, and may plan to ship out Sheffield or Pavano. We really don’t have many needs, Crosby is an excellent defender, and can lay a good bunt at anytime. With our lineup, we can afford a .200 hitter batting ninth if he can save a few runs in CF. Bullpen is the wild card, and I think we’ll trade Pavano for some help. Many GMs simply think Pavano just wasn’t made to pitch in New York. That Beckett deal was awesome, but Lowell is expensive; I have doubts the Sox can afford Manny now. If I were the Sox, I’d do this: Nothing. If manny doesn’t report to Spring Training.. bye bye Contract. You just freed yourself of 57 Million.

    Comment by | November 26, 2005 | Reply

  3. You’re right about the Yankees. I’m not one of those people who thinks because your rotation had so many injuries last year the same is going to happen this year. Our bullpen is still in the same spot yours is except now we have a little bright spot knowing Timlin and Mota are there (those two alone aren’t going to mean squat if we don’t get more help!).

    I agree about dumping Manny if he pulls the not showing up to Spring Training bit. I wonder why none of the sports news outlets have mentioned this as an option? I don’t care how much money you make, you don’t honor your contract by showing up when you are supposed to…there’s the door.

    I honestly would rather keep Manny…but I won’t be wringing my hands if he’s gone. I’d just rather get something for him than nothing. But I’m not sure there’s anything out there to get him for.

    I don’t think Lowell’s contract will tie up the Sox for Manny’s contract, though…apparently their on a spending spree and they thought it was work his baggage (Lowell’s contract) to pick up Beckett. I’m not TOTALLY convinced Lowell will be a bust – and I’m hoping he won’t – but I’m certainly not all pollyanna about him.

    I can’t imagine what the Yankees are going to pull off…I agree – no way Cashman sits still.

    Comment by Cyn | November 26, 2005 | Reply

  4. Two articles that I read have Manny wanting to be traded to the West Coast. Seattle or the Angels.

    What do you think of a straight up trade of Manny for Vladi?

    Comment by Kellia | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  5. “What do you think of a straight up trade of Manny for Vladi?”

    I’d be all for it. At this point, my only concern about trading Manny is not getting someone who we could consider good enough to bat behind Papi.

    Comment by Cyn | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  6. We know Vladi as a RF and Manny as a LF. How do you think the Red Sox outfield would be arranged if such a trade happened? Can Vlad play left? Can Nixon play left? Might Damon be moved to left earlier than he planned (if they keep him)?

    Comment by Kellia | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  7. Just got back from vacation in NC away from tv, etc…and I see I missed the big trade. Congrats on getting a great guy like mike lowell, a player I hope gets it together again and josh beckett…superstar sans the blisters. Glad to see mota gone, not that I disliked him as a person, but the guy just plain stunk as a marlin. For our sake, I can only hope at least one of the spects turn into the next Dontrelle Willis(see, Marlins Trade Matt Clement to the Cubs). Good luck to all of the former Marlins…see you next year when the Sox come into Miami.


    Comment by Bob | November 27, 2005 | Reply

  8. That was very good analysis on the Beckett trade Cyn. I believe it without doubt helps the Red Sox to get a pitcher like him. I think you guys are dreaming if you think you would get a player of Vlad’s caliber for Manny. He wants out and whoever gets him has to pay a lot for one they are going to try and give up little. He will not play for the Red Sox next year they will honor his demand and trade him. But getting a hitter of his Caliber behind Ortiz will not happen. Remember Manny was put on waivers a few years back by the sox and all you had to do was claim him and pay his contract. No one did.

    Comment by | November 27, 2005 | Reply

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