He didn’t get Roy Halladay, but then Theo Epstein didn’t give up Clay Buccholz or Daniel Bard (Or Michael Bowden either) on todays trading deadline day since that is what it would have taken, at least, to acquire Halladay. So what did Theo do- How does acquiring 3 time all-star Catcher/1st Baseman Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians sound?
The Martinez acquisition should sound pretty good considering Epstein gave up Red Sox pitching prospects #4, 5 and 6 instead of prospects #1, 2 and 3. Gone to Cleveland is Justin Masterson and 2 former 2 minor league pitchers- former #1 draft choice Nick Hagoden and Bryan Price. I like Masterson and he has a chance to be a pretty good pitcher and either Hagoden or Price could be pretty good but Martinez is already good and a much needed addition to the slumping Red Sox offense.
Now Jason Varitek (and George Kottaras) may not be as excited because Martinez should cut into their playing time. Mike Lowell also has to wonder how his playing time will be affected as well because Theo also pulled the trigger on a 1st baseman for 1st baseman trade.
Gone after just 6 games is Adam LaRoche and his 7 million dollar salary, in exchange for defensive minded 1st baseman Casey Kotchman, and his 2.8 million dollar salary. Oh Yah, the Red Sox sent along a check for 1 Million dollars to cement the deal.
I am usually a tough person to please on these deals but I think they both look good on the surface. I couldn’t figure out why the red Sox acquired LaRoche and his 7 Million dollar salary from Pittsburgh a week and half ago hoping that they had something else in mind. The Martinez acquisition should answer a few of their concerns- the teams offensive slump and Varitek’s annual wearing down in the 2nd half of the season. And oh yah, life after Varitek- Martinez and Kottaras does not sound bad.
Check back with me in about 2 months to see how much I really like this deal, but for now I give it an A- (I can’t give it an A, not yet anyway)