Red Sox Nation takes offense to Globe's Peter Abraham's comment":As for trades, do you really want to trade any legitimate prospects to bolster a last-place team?"

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    In Response to Red Sox Nation takes offense to Globe's Peter Abraham's comment":As for trades, do you really want to trade any legitimate prospects to bolster a last-place team?":
    [QUOTE]Last place team? It was only May 21 when he wrote the article. The Sox only played 41 games up to that point. The Sox are missing Bailey, Melancon, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkilis for the last 17 games, and now Cody Ross.  Those players will be returning. This team is on the move. The offense and bullpen have been doing their job. I strongly believe this team will make the playoffs. Peter Abraham's statement does not make sense. Does he really believe that the Sox would be jeopardizing the future by trading "legitimate prospects" for a "last place team?" Here's his article: By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff BALTIMORE — Just for kicks, can the Red Sox get away with this lineup? Aviles SS Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Gonzalez RF Youkilis 1B Middlebrooks 3B Salty C Nava LF Byrd CF Valentine said it's just theory at this point, but it has been discussed. That's asking a lot from Gonzalez and inviting trouble. But perhaps it can work 4-5 days a week. How about using Aviles in the outfield and playing Jose Iglesias at shortstop? With six — yes, six — outfielders on the disabled list, creativity is going to be needed. As for trades, do you really want to trade any legitimate prospects to bolster a last-place team?
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      Missing Melancon? WHOA !! Wait til HE returns, the results will be immediate !!

     
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      Transform that roster.....  Youk & Buch & Salty too !!!   Make a "BLOCKBUSTER" !!!!!
     
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    Re: Red Sox Nation takes offense to Globe's Peter Abraham's comment":As for trades, do you really want to trade any legi...

    Well, you can be sure if Bill-806 is in favor of transforming the team, it's the wrong thing to do.

    Abraham is just being sensible.  With all the injuries, why make a bold trade of good young talent (like Lavarnway, Iglesias, Middlebrooks, etc) to fix something that is short term? 

    He absolutely is not saying don't trade Youk or one or more bullpen arms or maybe an outfielder, almost all of whom are on the DL anyway.  What he is saying is the FO should be cautious, which is exactly what they have been. 

    The biggest need is for a good starter.  Well, welcome to the club.  There are very few MLB teams that couldn't use another good starter, which means they will come at a steep price.  With five playoff slots in each league, there are likely at least a dozen teams hoping to get another good starter.  

    So, no way, for example, the Sox could package Youk, an outfielder (Ross, Sweeney, Nava, whoever), and a reliever (Melancon, Bailey, whoever) for a good starter.    Related is the problem of the salary cap, which makes Oswalt a little too pricey. 

    Meanwhile, Abraham argues, the team is what it is.  And for the short term it might even make sense to put AGon in the outfield to enable both Youk and Middlebrooks to play.  This not only puts another good bat in the lineup, it allows the Sox to put Youk on display.  If he gets hot, his trade value goes up.   
     
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