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Well there may be some disagreement that Boston was a winner this year in the Trading Deadline, I am not convinced that this was enough to put them over the Yankees in the AL East or even Texas in the Wild Card race. There were a few moves that had confused me and one deal I was feeling bittersweet about.
First of all, the Red Sox had gotten Victor Martinez from the Indians in exchange for Justin Masterson and two lower level prospects in Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. That was a great move in my opinion because the Red Sox needed the bat and they really did not give up much considering that Hagadone was a first round pick in 2007, but had just come off Tommy John surgery. That really could hurt his career. Price was a late pick who is in Class A and I doubt he will make any kind of impact in the majors.
Masterson is an odd ball in this trade, but he was the man I wanted to see leave over any other top prospect. He is a pitcher that can be a starter, a setup man, a long reliever, or even a closer. Masterson is very durable and he was the best man to move, but why did Boston not go after a relief pitcher as opposed to trading Adam LaRoche to Atlanta for another first baseman? That trade made sense because LaRoche is a starter and Kotchman is more of a back up, but he will expect to play as well.
The addition of Martinez is great and all, but now Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Victor Martinez, and Casey Kotchman are going to wonder whether they are playing or not each day because all of these men expect to play every day. I know Youkilis and Martinez will play every day, but Ortiz, Varitek, and Lowell will have to swallow some pride to let Martinez be in that lineup over one of them. One man that needs to catch in my opinion is Varitek because he is essential to the starting rotation. It is all so confusing on who will play and who will not.
At the end of the day, a lot of questions will be going on in Boston and even though they got Martinez for a bargain, there will be a lot of problems stemming from how much playing time some players will get. Then there are voids to be filled in the bullpen as well as the shortstop position. Hopefully by the waiver deadline, Boston will make some moves to benefit them more than they did here. I'm leaning towards calling them losers, but getting a bat in Martinez certainly makes them seem like winners.