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With three days until the July 31 MLB trade deadline, there's been a lot of rumors afloat involving the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, and recently the San Diego Padres.
First the buzz was all about 2003 Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay (he finished second in voting in 2008), but general manager J.P. Ricciardi has said he didn't want to trade him within the American League East.
Next there's been talk about Boston unleashing a blockbuster trade to acquire both left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee and catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez from the Indians.
Trading away Gonzalez would not make Padres fans too happy, since he is the face of the franchise, but at this point, management probably doesn't care. San Diego is sitting in dead last, 24.5 games behind the Dodgers
in the National League West.
This is probably the most far fetched and more likely will not happen.
The blockbuster trade for Lee and Martinez? Say good-bye to the entire Red Sox farm system/emerging stars of Lars Anderson, Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard, Justin Masterson, and Clay Buchholz.
Sounds like Boston is still in it.
Bottom line, whatever happens Sox general manager Theo Epstein should not part with Masterson or Bard.
Bard is a rising star that may be the future closer is Jonathan Papelbon decided to sign somewhere else. The kid can throw heat, clocking triple digits. Can anyone name another Boston pitcher who threw 100 mph?
If Buchholz must be traded, Boston must get Halladay or the Lee/Martinez package in return or it will be a mistake.
Let the buzz continue.