19 Nov 2008
Reports have it that Coco Crisp has been traded to the Kansas City Royals. Of course this is in lockstep with my prediction that Crisp would be trade before training camp…training camp 2008. So I was 10 months too early in my prediction.
SI.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Red Sox will get reliever Ramon Ramirez in return. This is good for Crisp as he’ll have a legitimate chance to start in his contract year (the Royals do have an option, but they probably don’t have the resources to exercise it).
As for the Red Sox, they get a middler reliever who posted a 3-2 record in 71.2 IP with 57 H, 31 BB, 70 K for a 2.64 ERA and a 1.128 WHIP. Not bad. He is just 26 and only has 2+ years of service. He is basically a strikeout per inning guy (146K’s in 156.2 IP).
I’m not sure how long Ramirez will be in Boston as he may be included in another deal, but if he were to stay, he’d could take Justin Masterson’s spot should Masterson re-join the rotation.
This opens up a bench spot for the Red Sox and essentially gives Jacoby the full time CF job.
Other news: Both 3rd base coach Demarlo Hale and bench coach Brad Mills will be with the Red Sox as neither was chosen to lead the Seattle Mariners next season.