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With the trade deadline on the horizon, the Red Sox are in negotiations with three teams to see if they can land one big marquee player before Friday’s deadline. The Sox are looking to either add one more arm to the starting rotation or add some pop to the offense. Here is what Boston.com is saying:
Originally, the Sox were trying to deal for pitcher Cliff Lee and Martinez in a package deal. Now that Lee has been dealt to Philadelphia, Martinez, like the cheese, stands alone. The Boston Herald reported that the Sox rejected a deal to send pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Indians for Martinez.
So that means we are clearly not going to give up our big name prospects like Lars Anderson or Junichi Tazawa. So why would Cleveland then deal their All-Star slugger if they can’t get valuable prospects? Well, the Indians desperately need to trim their payroll as they have $33 million tied up in three players next season. Martinez and his $7 million need to go elsewhere.
My only concern is when Victor Martinez would play. His primary position is catcher, but he is terrible defensively. So, he also plays first base…where Gold Glove winner Kevin Youkilis resides. So move Youkilis to 3rd base, but that is where a healthy Mike Lowell lives. Maybe put him at DH, but that is where Ortiz plays. Although Ortiz and Varitek are stinking up the field on offense, they are still first on the depth chart at their positions.
So if we acquire Martinez, he would only be playing sparingly, and the bench is not where you want to put $7 million dollars. Plus, he is too much of a talent to be a part time player, it wouldn’t be fair to him.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we have been hearing this story for weeks. The talks have been deemed “dead” and both sides have not reached an agreement. Just like with all the other teams, the Sox feel that the asking price for Halladay is too high. Even with the deadline being at 4:00 pm on Friday, I don’t think that a deal will be reached. Clay Buchholz won’t be going to Toronto anytime soon and Halladay is going to stay a Blue Jay for the rest of the season.
This is a new one on the radar. The Padres are not actively shopping Gonzalez, but they are listening to serious offers. Gonzalez is due to make $10 million over the next three seasons, but unlike the Cleveland deal, Boston would have to part with a combination of Clay Buchholz, Junichi Tazawa, and Lars Anderson.
Gonzalez is currently hitting .252 with 28 HR and 59 RBI, but is hitting horrendously bad in July with a .195 avg. in 26 games.
Again, if we get him, where does he play? As I stated above with Victor Martinez, we already have an All-Star first baseman. Not to mention, we just traded for Adam LaRoche a few days ago. What happens to LaRoche in all of this if the Sox decide to pull the trigger on a deal?
A plus in the Gonzalez deal is that we could also land relief pitcher Heath Bell. Bell is 2-1 this season with a 2.01 ERA and 15 saves. With Boston’s bullpen slowly going downhill, they need all the help they can get.