Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Gagne? Sure, but what about Dye?

OK, I am going on the record: I DO NOT LIKE IT.

One day after imaging how great it would be if the Sox had kept Bruce Hurst, Bobby Ojeda, and John Tudor in the mid-eighties and had those three lefties teamed with Clemens for a dominant rotation for the next ten years, I started thinking about Jon Lester and Kason Gabbard in the same rotation for ten years. Buh-bye Kason.

Yes, the Sox need a back-up closer and that Gagne was a better pick-up than Octavio Dotel (quick, who did the Yankees get at the deadline for the bullpen? Oh yeah, nobody--that is 50% of the reason why the Sox swung the deal), and I would have had a coronary if Lester, Delcarmen, Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz, or Justin Masterson (heck Bard or Cox would have set me off). Still, I understand the Sox need to give something to get something and the bullpen, while great, is still tenuous. For example:
Jonathan Papelbon: the shoulder will remain a question
Hideki Okajima: how many innings will he last?
Manny Delcarmen: Looks great, then has a stinker like the other night.
Mike Timlin: How long will he last? With the shoulder problems already, he is a huge question mark.
Yo Yo Tavarez: who the heck knows what you will get.
Kyle Snyder: a surprise so far, but will he be dependable if the workload gets bigger?

So the Sox got the help they needed in the bullpen. The best news was that when Gagne leaves as a free agent at the end of the season, they get a one or two and a sandwich pick in the amateur draft.

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Now, the Sox did not get Jermaine Dye. That sucks, but he had no intention of coming to Boston. Wily Mo Pena and Craig Hansen for Jermaine Dye is a joke. Why Chicago would make that trade is beyone me. Of course, I would pay big bucks to see Ozzie Guillen ream out Wily Mo for the first time when he screws up in the outfield. That would be priceless.

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Celtics? Garnett? Yeah, but what about Gagne?

The poor Celtics: the trade of the century (at least since Red fleeced Golden State and got Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for Joe Barry Carroll) and all anyone is talking about in Boston is about the Red Sox a) traded Kason Gabbard and David Murphy for Eric Gagne, and 2) did not get Jermaine Dye from the White Sox for Wily Mo Pena and Craig Hansen.

OK, let us get the Celtics out of the way:

I understand it: Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen along with Brigs and myself filling in at center and point guard would finish .500 at worst. Now, I know that I am biased because I am a huge Big Al Jefferson fan, but really there was not much given up. As for the rest, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and two first-round draft picks are nothing special. Green COULD be a star, but looks more and more like the second-coming of Ricky Davis (and now he gets to play with him!), Gomes is a good sixth man, Ratliff is a salary dump, and Telfair was gone to begin with. One of the picks belonged to Minnesota to begin with, and hopefully the number one from Boston will not be a lottery pick next season.

Garnett, Pierce, and Allen give the Celtics a legitimate chance to win the Eastern Conference. They should win 50 games, easy. They have a lot of work to do as they only have eleven on the roster now (with two of them second-round picks who have not even played yet). Danny Ainge needs a cheap veteran point guard, another big man on the bench (Bring back the Kandi Man!!!), and a defensive swingman. Since there is not much salary room left, the Celtics front office needs to do a lot of work.

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