The MLB Trade Deadline is my favorite day of the year. I spend the entire day with the TV on ESPN, the computer on MLB.com, and my feet on the coffee table.
The Red Sox are known to make a big splash at the trade deadline. Five years ago, the Red Sox traded their fan favorite, all-everything shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs and got what looked like nothing in return in Montreal Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera and Minnesota Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.
Just last year at the trade deadline, the Red Sox shipped disgruntled slugger Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss to the Pittsburgh Pirates and received outfielder Jason Bay from Pittsburgh.
Bay has been terrific with Boston, while Manny has been suspended for 50 games for apparently using a women's fertility drug.
So now, it's 10 days until the July 31, non-waiver deadline, and the Red Sox are in the thick of the trade rumors flying around the Internet and TV these days. Roy Halladay, Josh Willingham, and Jack Wilson have all been rumored to be traded to Boston. However, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is yet to make a move.
Here are some Dos and Don'ts for the Red Sox in this trade season.
1. Trade Brad Penny
Brad Penny has been great this season for the Red Sox, posting a 6-4 record with a less than stellar ERA of 5.02. His WHIP is 1.50. Penny started out great for the Sox this season but is now looking more human.
Penny's stock is falling fast, so the Sox should look to deal him to a team already out of contention, maybe Cleveland or Washington, and look to get some major league talent, along with one or two decent prospects.
2. Acquire Josh Willingham
Willingham has been one of my favorite players in the MLB for some time, and I would love to see him in a Red Sox uniform. If one of the Red Sox's starting outfielders goes down with an injury, backup outfielder Rocco Baldelli can't start in more than three consecutive games due to his mitochondrial disorder, which causes extreme fatigue.
Willingham would be a decent bat off the bench and is a decent outfielder who can also play catcher. So far this season, Willingham is hitting .284 with 12 home runs and 26 RBI. The Nats probably won't ask for too much for Willingham (maybe Mark Kotsay and a decent prospect).
3. Acquire a third OR first baseman
With Mike Lowell's hip acting up again and Kevin Youkilis preoccupied with first for the foreseeable future, the Red Sox need someone who can play the infield.
Mark Teahen of Kansas City has come up a few times, and he can play both third and first, so Youk could stay at first. Teahen is hitting .295 with nine home runs and 32 RBI.
If Theo is looking for a full-time third baseman, they could go for Colorado's Garrett Atkins. Atkins has come up a few times, and I like him. I could see Atkins as the third baseman of the future for Boston. Atkins is hitting .226 with six home runs and 28 RBI.
1. Don't trade for Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay is a great pitcher, one of the best of this millennium. But I don't want him in a Red Sox uniform. Well, I shouldn't say that. I'd love to see Doc Halladay in a Red Sox uniform, but I don't want to give up the farm for him.
Think about it: The Sox would have to give up the no-hit kid Clay Buchholz, closer of the future Daniel Bard, Mark Teixeira-mold first baseman Lars Anderson, and then some.
I do not want to see Theo make a huge mistake by mortgaging the Red Sox's future to a division rival for a guy who may leave Boston after the 2010 season.
2. Don't trade for Eric Byrnes
Eric Byrnes was once known as a great left fielder, robbing home runs just about every game. However, injuries and a short temper have severely taken away from his natural talent.
Byrnes would mess with the chemistry in Boston. Byrnes is currently on the 15-day DL and is hitting .216 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 62 games this year.
3. Don't trade for Ryan Spilborghs
The Rockies are reluctant to trade Spilborghs and rejected a trade that involved two good prospects from the Phillies. Spilborghs probably would be put on the bench and see very little playing time with Boston. Considering what it would cost (likely some major league talent and a few good prospects), it would be a complete waste.
4. Don't trade Clay Buchholz
Buchholz has been my favorite pitcher since his no-hitter on Sept. 2, 2007. I loved Buchholz's windup. I loved that he was a homegrown Red Sox prospect. I loved that he threw a no-hitter.
I know Buchholz could fetch a great player, but I'd like Theo to hold onto him. You never know—Buchholz could be a younger version of Halladay.