Boston Red Sox Rumors: Team Reportedly Interested in Two Terrible Trades

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It’s that time of year again; it’s hot outside, across the country people are flocking to lakes and beaches to beat the heat, and baseball GMs are flocking to their cell phones to talk trades.  Well, there are two guys the Boston Red Sox have reportedly been interested in, and both trades need to be taken to the Charles River and drowned.

Stephen Drew recently left the game with a tight hamstring, and a trip to the DL is possible. Will Middlebrooks has been sent to AAA, and there is no way Jose Iglesias can keep up this hot streak.  So who are the Sox rumored to be interested in trading for?  The worst “good” player in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies Michael Young.

People remember him from his .300+ batting average days of years past with the Texas Rangers.  In 2012 and so far in 2013, Young actually carries a negative WAR (wins above replacement) with him, meaning he is worse than replacement level.  That is not exactly the type of guy I want to trade for, especially when Middlebrooks is starting to hit again in AAA, Xander Bogaerts is continuing to improve, and Iglesias is proving to not be incompetent with the bat.  The only positive that can come from negotiations with the Phillies for Young would be if it drives the price up for the New York Yankees to deal for him.

The other guy the Red Sox are rumored to be interested in currently pitches in a park about the size of the whole of New England, Ricky Nolasco with the Miami Marlins.  He has pitched his entire career with the Marlins and has a career ERA of 4.45.  This year he is having a career season with an ERA at 3.93.  I am sorry, but moving him to a tougher division and a smaller ballpark doesn’t sound like the type of move that would help a team win.  The only guy I would prefer Nolasco over that has started for the Red Sox this year is Alfredo Aceves, but then again I would prefer the guy in the third row of Monster Seats over Aceves.

I know this time of year is filled with misinformation, so let’s hope that is just what these two rumors are. If the Sox make these deals, my projection for the team goes from playoffs to bottom of division.

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  • Tim Leonard

    Wow. Such “insight.”

  • Farva55

    It would be a brutal mistake if the Red Sox think they can win a WS with Michael Young as their biggest trade deadline piece. If they’re going for it, they might as well REALLY go for it but that would mean Xander Boegarts is gone…which would also be a mistake.

  • SportsGenius705

    I really don’t see the Red Sox doing a whole lot this year.

  • Don Ely

    You put the ‘anal’ in analyst.

    • SportsGenius705

      You put the old in old.

  • J.D. Kelly

    Never finished the article. As soon as I see the acronym WAR I stop reading immediately and look for a credible story elsewhere.

    • SportsGenius705

      Yeah. Who wants to read about TRUE value. This is why baseball fans are mentally retarded.

  • Old Braves Fan

    T, I M B E R

    They couldn’t completely get rid of Terry Pendelton (Francour/Andrew Jones/Shaeffer’s smashed wrist) …… BUT the pitching ? coach ? my 40 years in Atlanta – 35 in Boston —- I don’t remember his name is the BLACK HOLE in the Braves dugout.

    Right on Key, here comes the Atlanta 45% slide – Mark my Words it is all over but the end.

    Small the kids call them the BLACK-OUT BRAVES. Take (20) kids at a Sharon Springs little baseball game – ask them to name (5) braves players/”What percentage can answer …………would you guess? 20-30-40%?