-Lowrie and Weiland for Melancon
-Reddick Miles Head and another prospect for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney
-Scutaro for Clay Mortenson
-Youkilis for Zach Stewart and Brent Lillebridge
- Theo Epstein for Chris Carpenter and a minor league reliever
- Minor Leaguer for Marlon Byrd
- Cash for Scott Posednik
What do all of these deals have in common? The Sox targeted a relief pitcher in every deal (except Posednik and Byrd of course). Not that its necessrily a bad thing but overall the talent coming back isn't matching the talent that is leaving. Granted the Scutaro deal that was universally panned has worked out extremely well so far, but Youkilis was given away to an AL Contender instead of an NL team which puts points against him IMO. Theo's compensation should have been defined before permission was granted.
Signings (Blue means no longer with organization)
Obviously Cody Ross is an absolute A + signing, the guy has been amazing this year. As for the rest, Padilla has been solid, Shoppach has been a decent backup catcher, and Punto hasn't been horrific.
All and all I'd give Ben a C for what he's done so far, his moves in terms of free agency have for the most part worked out very well but the trades have been underwhelming at best. The handling of Bard is semi off set by the fact Aviles being able to play every day (due to dumping Scutaro) and produce, but its still baffling as to the way Bard was handled.
What say you?
Edited by Tyrone Biggums, 24 June 2012 - 09:52 PM.