With the return of Theo Epstein all but formalized, the Red Sox now appear on the verge of concluding a heretofore tumultuous offseason by acquiring both center fielder Coco Crisp and shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
And not a moment too soon.
† † According to baseball sources, the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians have agreed in principle on a deal that will bring outfielder Crisp to the Sox in a multi-player trade. The deal was agreed upon several days ago under the condition that Cleveland be able to acquire another outfielder to replace Crisp, presumably Jason Michaels from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Its being discussed in several other places. I figured I would start a thread to merge discussion. This is a bad trade as it stands. I know the Sox are going to sell it as a Renteria for Crisp trade. But that just undersells how good the Renteria for Marte trade was. They shouldn't have to turn around and trickle down their winnings.
The Red Sox will send a package including reliever Guillermo Mota and prospect Andy Marte to the Indians. The inclusion of Mota in the deal explains why the Sox signed free agent reliever Julian Tavarez to a two-year contract despite having a bullpen that already included Keith Foulke, Mike Timlin, Mota, Rudy Seanez and, perhaps, Jonathan Papelbon.
Edited by templeUsox, 23 January 2006 - 06:06 PM.