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Ah, the difficulties of being a GM. Should Theo pick up Manny’s option? Should Theo sign Jason Varitek after the season? For right now, the most pressing concern for the Red Sox is what they will do before the July 31 trade deadline. Should the Red Sox consider trading one of their young arms? Where will the Sox find bullpen help? Now that the Yankees have traded for both Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady, how will the Red Sox react? Will they make a bold move? Or…how about this one: Should the Red Sox trade Kevin Youkilis and Craig Hansen to the Atlanta Braves for Mark Teixeira?
Kevin Youkilis was a late-bloomer prospect and has amazing plate patience and decent pop. But the problem is he’s not exactly young. To complicate matters, neither is Manny. Tex Mex, on the other hand, hasn’t even reached his power peak yet. No one wants to lose the Greek/Jewish God of Walks, but with Manny looking to cash in and his age becoming a factor, it may behoove the Sox to part ways.
Craig Hansen sucks, let him be someone else’s problem – any value he does have, he’s giving away with his repeated terrible outings. If the Braves are willing to have him so be it; he’ll never be a closer.
Many say that we can just get Mark as a free agent, keep Youk and then slot him over at LF and start Tex at 1B. While I agree this situation is the ideal one, and definitely the one I would want, there’s just no way that’s gonna happen. The Yankees who still don’t have a real 1B, (Giambi wants to play there, but he really needs to be a DH) will come hard at Tex especially just to block the Sox anyway.
There is a definite question about Teixeira being able to play for a big-market team, because he has yet to do so. The Rangers and Braves are far from big-market teams. I think that the Braves know they can’t and won’t re-sign Tex, and they would love to add a guy like Youk to spark their clubhouse. I disagree with Dan that Scott Boras will be an issue. Yes, he always gets the most money for his players, but Theo has proven and successful experience working with Boras. So this may make signing him as a free agent more feasible but it’s no guarantee.
Adam Dunn is not the kind of player the Sox would want to add. His power and walks are amazing, there’s no denying that. The “stat head side” of Dan wants to see Dunn join our club. However, his career .247 average is one glaring stat that would run him out of Boston. He would be detrimental to the Sox in an incredibly competitive AL East. While Dunn may be the “Peyton Manning of the MLB” (Yeah, I know, I’m screaming at the monitor too) to fellow writers Dan and Pete, the truth is he’s not much help to a team. Ask the Reds how much they love Adam Dunn, yeah they have awful pitching, but what good has he brought to that team? Homeruns are very sexy, as Dan says, “Chicks dig the longball”. But “chicks” and homers don’t guarantee wins.
Here’s some more stats for ya. Look at the Reds again, they have 6th most homeruns in MLB (119). Yet they’re still 10.5 games out of the NL Central.