Lugo's death knell begins gonging

The Red Sox have informed all teams that they are willing to pay most of Lugo's remaining salary, Ken Rosenthal reports. The team has publicly announced its intention of bringing Mike Lowell aboard Friday with Jed Lowrie to follow Saturday, so Lugo's time is running short.

The Sox have realized Lugo's sunk cost -- one of the few teams to understand the idea of sunk cost -- and are willing to receive a fringe prospect in return just to move him. The idea behind moving him instead of releasing him outright would be to get at least some talent into the system from a team that wants Lugo without having to fight for him in free agency.

I'm going to guess Lugo to the Pirates. The Pirates seem to be highly likely to trade second baseman Freddy Sanchez, and Jack Wilson may be on the way out as well. The Pirates need middle infield depth with these moves, and Lugo fits the bill.

The Red Sox have informed all teams that they are willing to pay most of Lugo’s remaining salary, Ken Rosenthal reports. The team has publicly announced its intention of bringing Mike Lowell aboard Friday with Jed Lowrie to follow Saturday, so Lugo’s time is running short.

The Sox have realized Lugo’s sunk cost — one of the few teams to understand the idea of sunk cost — and are willing to receive a fringe prospect in return just to move him. The idea behind moving him instead of releasing him outright would be to get at least some talent into the system from a team that wants Lugo without having to fight for him in free agency.

I’m going to guess Lugo to the Pirates. The Pirates seem to be highly likely to trade second baseman Freddy Sanchez, and Jack Wilson may be on the way out as well. The Pirates need middle infield depth with these moves, and Lugo fits the bill.

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  1. donna July 16, 2009 at 4:06 PM #

    makes sense to me… might as well cut out, give up the salary which the RS are eating anyhow now and in return get someone who might grow into a better bench player ( i.e. Green, who'da thunk?)
    i would MUCH rather see this happen than any trade of pitching right now ( although the Halladay issue bears thinking, unless he goes to the NL which i would prefer)…biggest question to me is what is really up with Dice-K and prognosis for next year.

  2. Sean O July 17, 2009 at 7:23 AM #

    Lugo misses mandatory workout with the team and doesn't travel to Toronto. What a steaming pile of shit he is, as a player and as a human being.
    Cannot wait until we're rid of wifebeater forever. I've never been as right about anything in baseball as the Lugo thing.

  3. Mostly Running. July 17, 2009 at 8:49 AM #

    WEEI is reporting he's been dfa.
    http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/21

  4. Barroomhero July 17, 2009 at 8:52 AM #

    Thank you, he is gone officially now.

  5. Sean O July 17, 2009 at 9:00 AM #

    HALLELUJIAH!
    I've always hated you, and now I don't have to see you. Burn in hell, wifebeater.

  6. Mostly Running. July 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM #

    Brought back memories of this thread:
    http://firebrandal.com/2008/05/18/letter-to-julio

  7. disturban July 17, 2009 at 9:49 AM #

    Lugo was DFA'ed
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extr

  8. SamR July 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM #

    Finally.

  9. Sean O July 18, 2009 at 1:01 AM #

    MR, that thread reminds me of how completely sick I was of seeing Lester @ Fenway on the very same day he threw the no hitter. Funny how things work out.