17 Jul 2009
Log Jam, as most of you know, is a delicious New England treat. It is created by taking a roughly 35-foot pine and a 45-foot birch and mashing them together until you get jam…Log Jam. It is very tasty on toast.
You can also make Log Jam by having an overpaid, under-skilled shortstop named Julio Lugo and trying to fit him on a major league 25-man roster with a more talented, younger and much cheaper shortstop named Jed Lowrie.
When the Red Sox resume baseball activities Friday, they will quickly have to figure out what to do with Julio Lugo. There has been much talk about this topic and the idea of a salary dump trade or an outright release of Lugo has been discussed.
No matter, Lugo is going to be gone. We can discuss the good and bad of Lugo in depth, but he is not going to be part of this team. The fact that journeyman Nick Green has been starting over a healthy Lugo is proof enough.
Right now, the Red Sox are just trying to find a taker. Boston.com says they are just about willing to assume all of Lugo’s salary ($13mm over the rest of 2008 and 2009) for even a marginal/breathing prospect.
I’m not sure why any team would trade anything for Lugo as he is certain to be released and then be available at virtually no cost (assuming no line to talk to Lugo’s agents).
Imagine that, by the way, getting fired from your job and still getting $13mm. That kind of money has the potential to be a multi-generational impact on a family. Let’s say you net $6mm of that deal accounting for your agent, the US Government, the State of Massachusetts and union dues, that could be invested conservatively and earn, what, 4-6% over a mid-long term period of time (difficult in these low-rate times I know, but mid-long term).
That is serious interest that could fund many, many things and as long as no knuckleheads get control over finances, wow, a life changing event. Then consider Lugo signed a $36mm deal and the net being much higher…just insane cash. Now, if a knucklehead does get involved, yikes, get ready for business as usual for a family…and many lawsuits.
Back to the Red Sox, Lugo is going to be gone and the Red Sox are going to be better for it. I’m not convinced Lowrie is 100%, but if he is, expect a hitter who can hit for medium power (15-20 Hr) and make a pitcher work at the same time. In addition, he is no defensive liability.
Also, look for Clay Buchholz for a spot start Friday night. I’ve heard this might be a "showcase" start for the Blue Jays so the Red Sox can trade for Roy Halladay, but I think this is more a showcase to see if he can help the Red Sox in 2009, thus allowing them to trade a starter for more offense.
Anyway, enjoy your New England Log Jam, so tasty.