That seems like the deal they should be most focused on, solves a lot of problems and does it long term. Won't be cheap, but it fills two massive holes.
For the long term, yes, but with Peavy's current injury, having to give up Buchholz to acquire him creates a big hole in the rotation for the short-term, until at least one of Wakefield/Peavy/Matsuzaka is healthy and ready to take a regular turn in the rotation again. Given that the Red Sox are pretty clearly competing to win right now, as well as trying to succeed in the future, I don't see them making a deal to sacrifice now for the future, at least not to the point of reducing the rotation to Beckett-Lester-Penny-Smoltz-Bowden/Masterson/Tazawa for any length of time.
I voted for Gonzalez, but if Buchholz is part of the cost to acquire him, we're just trading one significant problem (power in the lineup exacerbated by a team-wide slump) for another equally significant problem (rotation depth and ability exacerbated by injuries and Smoltz sucking).
EDIT to add - Any chance one of the Dopes could fix the thread name here? Getting the name of the top starter available at the trade deadline wrong seems...somewhat less than ideal.
Edited by JMDurron, 28 July 2009 - 12:05 PM.