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Red Sox Trade Deadline Breakdown: Notes From the Quaker Steak and Lube.

Steak and LubeAfter a weekend of feeling over matched in Upstate New York (I was on a business trip where the best eating option was the Quaker Steak and Lube, a restaurant named after a motor oil. Exactly. ), I came home yesterday to be pleasantly satisfied with everything Theo did on Friday at the trading deadline. Sure, I knew two days ago that our genius general manager had turned Justin Masterson and four guys nobody had ever heard of into Victor Martinez and Casey Kotchman, but it took a couple days to see exactly how good these moves were.

Bad Trading Deadline Move

Bad Trading Deadline Move

The last few years came with a lot more trepidation on my end at this time. Even last year, when we shipped a disgruntled douche out of town, the deal made me think that we gave up too much at the time, including the $7 million remaining on said douche’s contract. In the past year it has turned out that we did get the better of the deal (we gave up a 50 game suspension and two guys who really don’t have anything to provide for an All-Star starter who will end up with 30+ HR and 110+RBI), but when it happened I was legitimately worried about how it would effect the lineup. Of course, in 2007 we had the Gagne debacle (I even saw him pitch in the World Series that season, has anyone ever deserved a ring less?), and in 2004, when Theo made the ballsiest trade in the history of baseball, nobody knew how it was going to turn out. This year there is none of that nervousness.

Good Trading Deadline Move

Good Trading Deadline Move

The big trade, of course, was the one that turned Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price into Victor Martinez. Martinez is the perfect fit with this team and also comes with the type of contract flexibility that the guys in the front office love (signed through 2010 for $7.5). In his two games so far with the Sox, Victor is 6-11 (after a 5-6 day yesterday). He had been hitting an Ortiz-esque .196 for the two months prior to making his appearance in the Sox lineup Saturday night, but that was before he started hitting between Pedroia and Youkilis in the lineup, which should afford him a few more pitches to hit. The fact that he is in our control through the end of next season makes him the perfect option to become our starter next year, with Varitek catching Wake and being an assistant Pitching Coach. He will also hold the place nicely for one Joe Mauer and his blank check (no seriously, Theo needs to give this guy a contract and tell him to fill in the numbers he wants).

I'm not here to talk about him (tomorrow) but perhaps we should have given him up for Halladay.

I'm not here to talk about him (tomorrow) but perhaps we should have given him up for Halladay.

Alas, along with bringing in the bat that we needed, the Sox shipped out the former new guy, Adam LaRoche, after only about a week here in Boston. The trade produced Casey Kotchman (who spent about three innings yesterday with John Smoltz’ gum bubble sitting on top of his hat, I love hazing), another first baseman. Why would he do this, you ask. Well, the reasons are simple, though Kotchman is another first baseman (adding to Theo’s ever growing army of people who can play first base) he is younger than LaRoche, still has options to play in the minors and is under team control for two more years. He is also a guy who cost’s less and will likely spend more time on the bench because Martinez has been added to the first base rotation. Kotchman will likely be a bench player at best, and possibly spend some time in Pawtucket before the Sept 1 call ups.

You Can Stay

You Can Stay

The other debut, and possibly the one I am most excited about, was that of Josh Reddick. Not related to JJ, the kid is 22 and from Georgia and best of all, was a 17th round pick three years ago. He hasn’t been all that heralded, but he had two hits in his first start on Saturday, and his first Major League home run yesterday. He even hit the bomb while his face was bleeding profusely. With George Kottaras having been put on the DL with a severely fractured usefulness bone, and both Bay and Drew nursing nagging injuries, this kid could become an important part of the stretch run, after not having even played in Pawtucket before.

Today is a goddamn off day, and then we have a chance to continue to squeeze one out on both the Yanks and Rays (heyo) with two in Tampa and four in the whiffleball field once known as Yankee Stadium (anyone remember who was catching for the Indians when they beat the Pinstriped Assholes 22-0 a couple of years ago? I thought so).

Go Sox.

Done.

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Josh Beckett Defends His House and Adam LaRoche is Enjoying His Stay.

Nasty.

Nasty.

In his last five starts at home, Josh Beckett is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.19. Overall he is 7-0 on the mound at Fenway Park. Maybe that’s why his offense loves to come out and play for him, or maybe it’s the fact that no slump can last forever and this is a $100 million lineup.

Either way, the Sox came out ahead last night with an 8-3 win that was sorely needed. Beckett had ten Ks in seven innings, giving up three runs and also bringing his record after a Red Sox loss to 7-1, and the one loss was a 4-2 complete game in which he got absolutely no backup from his hitters. He is leading the AL with 12 wins and a 3.44 ERA. If that doesn’t smell like a Cy Young candidate you need to pull your face away from the mirror and put down the rolled up dollar bill.

In case you forgot, we're really good. Oh, and F#$% A-Rod.

In case you forgot, we're really good. Oh, and F#$% A-Rod.

As for the other side of the ball, if Adam LaRoche (not French) hasn’t proved to you yet that he is an Ideal lefty hitter for Fenway, mcuh like Wade Boggs, then you are watching the wrong game. Since being freed from the baseball abyss known as Pittsburgh, LaRoche is 5-12 with a home run and three RBI. Last night he used his inside out swing and left center power to pace the Sox with two doubles in his first two at bats, both hits glancing off the wall, much like the way that Boggs got himself to 300 hits (this is not to say that LaRoche is a Hall of Fame Caliber hitter, just that he is perfect for Fenway).

adrian-gonzalezThose doubles, along with hits from the slumping J.D. Drew and Jason Bay, a first inning bomb from Pedroia and three hits from Ellsbury at the top of the lineup, are possibly signs of the bats breaking out of their slump. Everybody out there who is freaking out that we need to trade for Victor Martinez, Adrian Gonzalez (who makes me all hot and bothered because he would be awesome, but not for everyone in the farm system), or Hank Aaron, please just remember the track record that our guys have, and that there is still a lot of baseball to be played. A 2-1/2 game deficit in July is nothing to get worried about. So chill.

We’ll be fine. Unless something isn’t done about Smoltz.

Go Sox.

Done.

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Now That the Yankees Lost to the A’s, Let’s See What the New Guy’s Got.

Judging from the camo shirt under his Jersey, this guy will fit in to the clubhouse just fine.

Judging from the camo shirt under his Jersey, this guy will fit in to the clubhouse just fine.

The Red Sox are going to win more than one game after the All Star break. Sure, it wasn’t impressive, other than the catch by Ellsbury and Pedroia’s diving stab in the fourth, but it was a win, and something to build on. Penny was good enough to stay, and we’ve got Lester going tonight. ¬†Hopefully building on that will include scoring some runs for Lester tonight.

More importantly tonight we get our first look at the guy who replaced Kotsay on the roster. Adam Laroche will be playing first tonight and batting sixth (giving The Beard a well deserved day off), and as we’ve seen with last year’s July deal, guys love getting out of Pittburgh and into the real baseball of Fenway. Plus, this guy is notoriously nasty in the second half. So LaRoche (who, dispite his last name, is not French and loves his freedom fries, freedom dressing and freedom toast as much as any red blooded American) will get a greeting from the Fenway Faithful tonight and will hopefully show his pleasure by helping the Sox score some f#$%ing runs for once.

And the Yanks already lost to the A’s (that Nomar guy helped us out), so it’s already a good day.

Go Sox.

Done.

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Adam LaRoche and the Red Sox, A Match Made In Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: In a move that nobody thought any team would be stupid enough to make, the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Chris Duncan and a Player to be Named Later (hopefully named Albert or Yadier) for Julio Lugo. This makes two first basemen acquired by the Sox today, though Duncan, still to be counted as a prospect, will be sent to Pawtucket. Good luck with Julio, St. Louis, I hope he is better to you than he was to us.

Bay, McLouth and Laroche. If the Pirates keep giving quality bats away this mascot is going to end up swallowing that gun Hemmingway style.

If the Pirates keep giving quality bats away this mascot is going to end up swallowing that gun Hemmingway style.

I am really beginning to love the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not only are they called Pirates, but they have developed this great habit of giving up just the kind of player that the Sox need right around the All-Star Break. Last year it was Jason Bay, who is slumping, but will still give us the 31 HR and 110 RBI that he has every other season of his career (The man is so consistent that his first half and second half career numbers are almost exactly the same), and this year it is Adam LaRoche.

Apparently hes slick with the glove too.

Apparently he's slick with the glove too.

LaRoche (whose French seeming name is already annoying to type) is a first baseman and not to be confused with his brother Andy, who plays third. He will allow the Sox to spell Lowell and his aging hip by shifting over to third while providing some pop. My favorite stat about this guy is that while he is an average first half player, his numbers in the second half of the season have traditionally been All-Star Quality, with an OPS after the Break of .901¬†(which has always pissed me off, had he had those stats in the first half, he would have been an All-Star, but because they were in the second half and he was on a shitty team, they go unnoticed). LaRoche will provide a lefthanded power bat who, when he’s on (he is a streaky hitter), destroys right handed pitching, which is exactly what the club needed.

They said yes? Again? Hilarious.

They said yes? Again? Hilarious.

Odds are that Kotsay and his “ailing calf” will go on the DL to free up a roster spot as Theo was only forced to send a couple of spare change minor leaguers to Baseball Purgatory/Pittsburgh in return for LaRoche. Hopefully this will turn out to be another great deal by Theo, and not another Gagne. Not having to give up a major league part in this deal makes it even better because it keeps Tito’s options intact when working with his bullpen.

The New Guy probably won’t be able to make it to Texas tonight before the first pitch at 8:05, seeing as he was in a dugout for the Pirates game vs. the Brew Crew this afternoon, but he’ll be at Fenway for us to wlecome him proper on Friday night.

Go Sox.

Done.

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