July 17, 2009
For once, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com got it right.
Today it was declared official that Julio Lugo was designated for assignment meaning the Boston Red Sox have 10 days to either trade the ridiculously overpaid shortstop and flat out release him.
The Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin reported that multiple teams are interested, but isn't specific on what clubs. Also Theo Epstein is agreeing to come up with the costs of what's left of his four-year $36 million contract that he signed in December of 2006.
Red Sox Nation was and is currently in celebration mode. Good thing it was conveniently announced on a Friday.
Lugo hit .284 in 37 games with four doubles, a triple, home run, eight runs-batted-in, and three stolen bases. That's not bad for a guy who had inconsistent at bats. However defense wise, he had seven errors in 97 chances for a .928 fielding percentage. Not horrific, but not the greatest.
Looks like it'll be Nick Green and soon to be Jed Lowrie forever taking the shortstop role and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's a win-win deal for everyone. Lugo leaves, gets offered as trade collateral, Sox get a better position player, and life goes on.
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