More on the Crisp Trade to the Royals
If the Red Sox are going to add Mark Teixeira or another big outfield/corner infield bat, they've got to find a place to put him. Well, their outfield just got a little less congested with the trade of center fielder Coco Crisp to the Royals.
The Red Sox get reliever Ramon Ramirez in return for the speedy Crisp, who spent the past season plus trading off starts with 2008 rookie and 2007 World Series breakout star Jacoby Ellsbury. The trade was first reported by Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City and has since been confirmed by the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo (link above) and Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman.
The younger Ellsbury is clearly Boston's priority, and trading Crisp clears more payroll for Boston to go after Teixeira, A.J. Burnett -- the Boston Globe is reporting that they're fulling engaged in negotiations with his agent -- or to sign longer-term deals with some of their own players. With MVP Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon and others still arbitration eligible, Boston will need to cash just to pay for the substantial yearly wages all of those players will command.
Ramirez is another of those young, arbitration eligible commodities. The 27 year-old racked up a 2.64 ERA in 71
starts appearances (nice catch phishisgr8) last year, finishing with one save while striking out 70 for the Royals.
While the deal makes sense for a number of reasons for Boston, it still seems like a steal for Kansas City. Sure, Boston saves money, but it loses a valuable asset in terms of the versatility that helped it patch together a run that got the Red Sox within a win of the World Series. Crisp's resurgent 2008 helped Boston overcome the injury of J.D. Drew, a brief wrist injury for Jacoby Ellsbury and the midseason tantrums of Manny Ramirez. If the Red Sox add another bat, they'll likely have that versatility again. If they don't, they'll have to find another young outfielder from within the system -- and there are some coming up -- who can step up and fill the void.
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