The Return of Judas? If Not, Who Could Help?

“Looks like Jesus, Acts like Judas, Throws like Mary.” Remember when that happened? Well, Judas may be on his way back to Beantown. The Red Sox have claimed former postseason hero Johnny Damon off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Damon has yet to decide whether or not to join his former club, he can […]

Fourth Outfielder Candidates: Eric Byrnes

Concluding our series on the fourth outfielder today is Eric Byrnes, the erstwhile outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unlike the first two candidates, Byrnes is not a free agent, but Arizona has given indications he would be available for a team willing to take his contract. Let’s take a look at Byrnes as a fourth outfielder candidate. First off, why would an up and rising team like Arizona want to unload a 32 year old outfielder who can play all three positions and just two years ago finished 11th in MVP voting? Clearly, it’s because the Diamondbacks are run by the United States Congress.

Red Sox acquire Eric Hull

The Red Sox today traded slick-fielding, no-hit shortstop Christian Lara (bench player for Single-A Lancaster) to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 28-year old righty Eric Hull. Hull had earlier been designated for assignment and is extra pitching depth for the Red Sox, as they lost Kyle Snyder when Josh Beckett was re-activated and will lose […]

Coco Crisp on verge of being traded to Mets?

WFAN reports that Coco Crisp could be dealt to the New York Mets rather soon for outfielder Angel Pagan. The Red Sox would be giving Crisp away on the cheap, but would likely make back what they would lose by not having an unhappy Crisp on the bench. Pagan, who has played for the Cubs […]

Red Sox acquire David Aardsma

The Boston Red Sox acquired reliever David Aardsma from the White Sox today for two long-shot prospects. Aardsma, entering his age-26 season, previously played for the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs and lost his 40-man roster spot (he is out of options) to the Pale Hose’s two new relievers of Octavio Dotel and Scott […]

Course of action for the Red Sox: Trade for Khalil Greene

On Friday, we looked at the 2008 ZiPS projections for the Red Sox, which sees the Red Sox as the best team in the American League. I’m not seeing it. I see some flaws — big ones. Fortunately, we can correct (or minimize) these flaws. To me, there are two courses of action we can […]

Forget about Huston Street.

The comments section of Fire Brand has been abuzz with trying to get Huston Street. Forget about it. Oakland has been linked to Boston outfielder Coco Crisp in past trade rumors, and the Red Sox have shopped Crisp this offseason, but recent rumblings of a Huston Street-for-Crisp deal are “fiction,” one A’s official said. Darn! […]

Santana Trade Update

Okay, so here it what we know as of 12:37 ET as Theo Epstein and Twins GM Bill Smith resume trade talks: 1. The trade offers look to remain the same. The Red Sox have one offer on the table led by Jon Lester, looking to be packaged with Justin Masterson, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie […]

Framework Complete: Johan Santana a Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have completed the framework of a deal with the Minnesota Twins that will send Johan Santana from the Twins to the Red Sox for Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, Justin Masterson, Jed Lowrie and Ryan Kalish. This information comes from KNBR via devoted Red Sox fan/MLB columnist Daniel Rathman. Says Rathman: Some […]

Jacoby Ellsbury’s Ceiling

The first instant I saw the Buster Olney report outlining the Red Sox willingness to include Jacoby Ellsbury in a Johan Santana deal, I nearly spit out my cereal. What could they be thinking? Why is upgrading at an area that is seemingly a strength heading into next season a higher priority than holding onto […]

GM for a Day: Johan Santana traded to Red Sox?

The negotiations: It’s been an interesting off-season so far. It hasn’t been hectic like past off-seasons, but it’s nigh early. Thanksgiving has passed, and a chance to go dine with a player’s family for Thanksgiving has as well (but don’t count out Christmas!). There is no plans to submit a $300 million posting bid to […]

Wait, what? Sox in hunt for Ben Sheets?

UPDATE ON JOHAN SANTANA TRADE TALKS: Buster Olney reports that the Red Sox have “generated a few new ideas for its proposed offer.” I have no idea what that means. It certainly doesn’t mean that the Red Sox have changed their offer to include Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury. Wow, I’m surprised this hasn’t gotten […]

Papelbon’s wish list: Long-term deal, Santana, and Ellsbury

Jonathan Papelbon, dominating closer, notorious riverdance performer, had an interview with WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show this morning, here are some highlights. When discussing Johan Santana, Papelbon liked the proposed deal of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Justin Masteron, and Jed Lowrie. On trading prospects – “You have faith in these young kids … but you […]

Let Jacoby Go

Before absolutely crucifying me for writing this, understand that I am a fan of Jacoby Ellsbury, as I made very clear in my article yesterday. Consequently, his trade value as it stands right now will never be higher; this is a prospect who projects to be a good player, not a great player. If Ellsbury […]