31 Jul 2009
I write this from a small island in Maine. A small island with no high-speed, no 3G network, just slow dial-up…really slow.
Anyway, despite my limited information flow, I’ve learned (what you all learned probably hours ago) that the Red Sox have traded for the Indians Victor Martinez. A good bat to be sure. I suppose he’ll help out Jason Varitek in catching and spell David Ortiz against tough lefties and spell Mike Lowell against tough righties. It isn’t just depth, but good hitting depth.
With the addition of Martinez, Adam LaRoche was traded to the Braves for Casey Kotchman. Kotchman seems to add more depth at a position the Red Sox do not need and I’m not sure how they keep him on the 25-man roster. The Red Sox traded Justin Masterson (removed from 25-man roster), Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price to get Martinez. So there is space for Kotchman, but now the Red Sox have 1 fewer pitching options.
I’m sure we’ll learn more about what they intend on doing in the coming hours. With Clay Buchholz still in the organization, there is still a chance of a pitching upgrade (Roy Halladay perhaps…doubtful).
The Red Sox did add some pop to the line-up and some versatility too, but when you match Martinez and LaRoche up side by side, it isn’t like Martinez is twice the player LaRoche is, is it? I like the move, but very expensive. I guess that’s why you have minor leaguers, to trade them for known talent.