In terms of veracity, this report is fraught with red flag phrases: "according to sources", "one possibility is", "perhaps in hopes of", "could acquire", "possibly to"...
The Red Sox are deep in conversations with the White Sox on a trade that would send infielder Juan Uribe to Boston, according to sources.
Uribe is batting just .225 in limited playing time this season, but his three home runs are one more than all Red Sox shortstops have hit. Boston shortstops are 28th in the majors in runs scored and 23rd in RBIs.
It's not clear who the White Sox would get in return for Uribe, but one possibility is Alex Cora, the utility infielder who has fallen out of favor in Boston.
The White Sox want to rid themselves of Uribe's $4.5 million contract, perhaps in hopes of rekindling talks with Baltimore about second baseman Brian Roberts. If the White Sox could acquire Roberts, or another second baseman, they could shift Alexei Ramirez to shortstop and trade Orlando Cabrera, possibly to the Dodgers.
Even if true, this proposal frightens me. I love the way Lowrie looks right now, and Uribe's plate approach is directly counter to the Red Sox' espoused theory of lineup construction. He's a free swinger who rarely walks, whiffs a ton, and has some pop when -- when -- he makes solid contact. He's played mostly 2B this year, but even at that position he's gt a -3.5 VORP, barely good enough for 19th in the league.
Defensively, he offers nothing of substance. Frankly, I have no idea where this story emerged from, but if this is Around the Horn, I'm selling it.
Edited by mabrowndog, 23 July 2008 - 08:14 PM.