So you'd give up an eye for Manny + Lugo + Lowrie + a prospect or two for Jason Bay and Jack Wilson?
Can I get in on your fantasy league next year? That's an awful deal for the Red Sox. They'd have to add a prospect for the pleasure of downgrading at both LF and SS.
In a fantasy world, I agree it's a terrible trade because you win or lose entirely from a bean-counting perspective -- but I disagree that it's all that bad in the real world. Even though there would still be the C-SS-CF black hole of suck in the lineup to worry about.
-- Manny ($20M, 900 OPS) + Lugo ($9.5M, 650 OPS) + Lowrie (min$, MLE~750 OPS) + ?~Hansen ($1M, could be closer in NLC)
-- Bay ($7.5M, 900 OPS) + Wilson ($7.25M, 650 OPS) + improved left-side defense + no more '08 clubhouse drama + additional $15M off books for FA acquisition after '08 (Sabathia, Sheets, Teixeira) + retained flexibility to resign current LF or sign Holliday after '09
You bet I would do that. But not if all that determined success was compiling stats. Yeah, personally I'd love the Sox hold onto Lowrie -- he brings a great skill set at the plate for a SS, switch-hits, is cheap, and seems pretty reliable in the field. But if this deal was on the table, I'd pull the trigger, because it's better to lose Lowrie than Masterson or Buchholz, even under the assumption you could pick up a FA starter in the offseason.
Hell, if I had everything my way, I'd send Lugo + $$ to the Bucs, send Cora to LAD to fill in, and retain Lowrie to back-up Pedroia and Wilson. Then I'd commit 100% to signing Sheets + Byrd in the offseason, and have one spare prospect SP remaining between Masterson and Buchholz to package in trade for Saltalamacchia. Plus I'd like a pony.
Sadly, I don't think this makes as much sense for the Pirates, though...because a LaRoche/Sanchez/Lowrie/LaRoche infield would be mighty darn good. Like a lot of other posters, I get a very 2004 vibe coming off this team this year, right down to the June/July malaise and "I can't believe we had to include Matt Murton to close that deal".
[edited to make more sense]
Edited by Buzzkill Pauley, 29 July 2008 - 11:45 AM.