Checking in on the Red Sox

So the Red Sox have signed both John Lackey and Mike Cameron.  In general, I think Lackey is a good pickup (although I think he would have been even better for the Mets, but they’re apparently more interested in overpaying Jason Bay).  The Sox gave Lackey fair market value and as a mid-rotation starter, he should be pretty good.

adrian-gonzalezBut Mike Cameron?  Not a terrible signing in general because while he may strike out a lot and have a low batting average, he hits for power, draws walk, and plays an above average center field.  But for Boston to sign him to play left field?

Makes no sense.  None.  Left field in Fenway has the least amount of territory of any left field.  It’s one thing to value defense, but playing Cameron anywhere but center field is a waste.

The thing is Theo Epstein must know this too.  I mean, the guy’s made his share of bad deals: Lugo, Renteria, Lowell, etc.  But he’s not dumb.

Well, Epstein is also in the process of paying Mike Lowell to play for another team, despite the fact that Lowell still had an OPS over .800 last year.  And let’s face it: Casey Kotchman is about as likely to be the Red Sox first baseman as Juan Miranda is to be the Yankees’ DH.

So what am I getting at?  The Red Sox have made Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz expendable now and they are aggressively clearing room for a corner infielder.  Who could they possibly have in mind?

Well, Ken Rosenthal suggests it’s Adrian Gonzalez.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s right.  This is what scares me though:

The Padres would be tempted to move Gonzalez if they could get Buchholz and Ellsbury in the same deal, sources say. However, the Red Sox would be very reluctant to include both, according to another source.

If the Padres would take those two for Gonzalez, Epstein should fly them to San Diego personally.

Maybe that’s just a bunch of noise and really the Red Sox will bring in Adrian Beltre, but the free agent moves the Red Sox have made thus far would suggest a trade is coming.

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5 Responses to Checking in on the Red Sox

  1. Matt Imbrogno says:

    I think it's going to be much harder for the Sox to trade with the Padres, now that their former Asst. GM is running the show out in the Republic. Taco and Laptops should not be enough to get A-Gon. I'd be willing to bet a large amount of money that AG stays in SD for all of 2010.

  2. I hope they don't get Gonzalez obviously. If they don't and get Beltre instead that would be great for the Yankees. Think about it, they would have 4 hitters who would barely be better than Melky Cabrera – Beltre, Cameron, Ellsbury, and Scutero. Even with a strong top 3 in the rotation I don't think they could win the East.

  3. She-Fan says:

    If I were a Red Sox fan, I'd be concerned with Lackey's record at Fenway. It's not great.

  4. <blockquote cite="comment-393">

    She-Fan: If I were a Red Sox fan, I’d be concerned with Lackey’s record at Fenway. It’s not great.

    To be fair, the Red Sox have consistently had one of the top offenses during Lackey's entire career.

  5. Brian Burkhart says:

    I hope you’re right and not just because A-Gon is awesome. If Cameron plays in left all year that’s a waste of resources for the Red Sox.