Monday, September 14, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The reasons are as follows:
Reasons For Getting Halladay
If the Red Sox aren't already a World Series contender in someone's eyes, Halladay should quiet that doubter.
Reasons for Not Getting Halladay
Halladay also might not be used to the large baseball market in Boston, or pitching as the third or fourth man in the rotation—behind Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and maybe Tim Wakefield.
He's not leading the Nats in hitting, but Dunn is hitting a decent .266 clip. Willingham's numbers a decidedly lower, but his numbers are still solid. He's hitting a great .304, with 12 home runs (he had 15 last season), and 26 RBI.
This just in to Surviving Manny, according to ESPN, the Philadelphia Phillies have come to an agreement on a contract with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez.
Martinez played from 1997 to 2004 with the Red Sox, and won the 1999 All-Star Game MVP, in which he struck out 5 of the 6 batters that he face on his home field of Fenway Park.
Pedro was not resigned after the 2004 season, in which the Red Sox won the World Series, and signed with the New York Mets.
His contract with the Mets ran out after the 2008 season, and Pedro is just now being signed to a contract.
Terms of the deal with the Phillies were not disclosed.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen
I know some of you won't agree with this trade. Nationals fans and Red Sox fans alike will probably not like this trade.
But baseball isn't about making moves that people like—it's about winning. And I believe that this trade will make both the Nationals and Red Sox better.
So imagine you're in your living room, watching SportsCenter when Scott Van Pelt says something like:
"This just into SportsCenter; The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals have pulled off a trade with the Red Sox sending JD Drew and John Smoltz to the Nats for Josh Willingham and prospects Derek Norris and Mike Vento."
Now let that sink in for a minute.
The Boston Red Sox just dealt the dysfunctional JD Drew and the not-able-to-pitch-anymore John Smoltz to the Nats for slow-footed outfielder Josh Willingham and a couple of prospects.
The Nats get stud power-hitting outfielder JD Drew, who, despite needing a game off every week for phantom injuries, can still hit 20 to 30 home runs with a .270 average. The Nationals also get John Smoltz in sort of a player-coach role, coaching the young pitchers on Washington's roster.
However, Drew skips town after his contract (which is still being paid by Boston) is up. Smoltz retires after his half-season with Washington, but stays on as the Nationals' new pitching coach, and eventually Jordan Zimmermann and Shairon Martis become the best one-two pitching punch in the NL under Smoltz's stewardship, as Martis and Zimmermann lead the Nats to become a great team in the National League.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox get good power-hitting outfielder Josh Willingham, who is virtually JD Drew with half the attitude. Willingham hits about 15 to 25 home runs, with about a .260-.280 average.
The Sox also get good minor league hitters Mike Vento and Derek Norris. Norris and Vento are good hitters who should be the future of the Red Sox at the plate. Norris is a better power hitter and a better hitter for average who, along with No. 1 Red Sox prospect Lars Anderson, will become the Red Sox's version of Murderers Row.
So the apparent winner of the trade is the Red Sox, despite Smoltz's teachings to the Nats' pitching staff. If this trade were to go down, the Red Sox probably would be the winners.
In this blog, I hope to write about both teams, as well as the occasional NHL, NBA, and/or NFL post.
I'll try to maintain the blog as much as I can. Let's just see how far this thing takes me.