Wow, busy day for the Boston Red Sox. And according to Jon Heyman's Twitter feed, "Red Sox dealing up a storm. Now have Chris Duncan (for Lugo)...." Here's a run down for all the deals and rumors floating around Fenway Park today.
Frist thing's first: The Cleveland Indians still have interest in pitcher Clay Buchholz, and the Red Sox are still scouting Cleveland's catcher Victor Martinez. However, no new details on what more it could take for the Red Sox to acquire Martinez.
This just in: The Red Sox acquire Chris Duncan and a player-to-be-named-later for Julio Lugo. Lugo was hitting .284 when he was DFA'd by Boston a few days ago. Duncan was hitting .227 at the time of the trade.
LaRoche to Boston: I reported this deal a few hours ago, and I like it. LaRoche is known to hit well in the second half of the season. Argenis Diaz (one of the two prospects traded to Pittsburgh for LaRoche) is great defender, but notorious in Red Sox circles for his light hitting, and his occasional inability to make an easy play. I know very little about the pitcher in the deal, Hunter Strickland, but apparently he's sort of like Jonathan Paplebon, with the fact that he can start and save games.
Jon Heyman's Tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has Tweeted that the LaRoche deal has cooled things off between the Indians and the Red Sox. However, Heyman reports that a potential deal involving Buchholz and Victor Martinez isn't dead, however.
That's the rundown of today's BoSox rumors. See you next time.