Can the Red Sox win with this lineup?
The Sox have traded the two-time AL batting champ for two former Gold Glovers. Can the Sox make the playoffs with this new lineup?
Umm. We didn't win with him last year, he fizzled out during the playoffs, hasn't played well this year, looked very unhappy, distracted and out of sync with the the players. Let's just move on.
Lynda, Ridgefield, Ct.
What people are not realizing about this trade is the fact that Nomar was the most miserable person on the field and the clubhouse. Cabrera will be recharged because he will be playing for a team that actually has a home and the fans care. Did we ever win a world series with Nomar, Mo, Roger, NO! Let's give Theo some kudos for not being afarid to try a different approach to building a team, one where we do not put our emotions, as fans, into one player. Thid team will be better fundamentally and Mentally!!!
Probably be good for the team in the long run. But I hate to see him go....
I think this is one of the worst moves the SOx could have made. Yes we could have lost Nomar at the end of the year. BUt these new guys have a batting average worse than Johnny Damon. What's up with that. They should have traded Derek Lowe that should have been the first priority. He was not worth re-signing and is a weakness in the lineup which the Yankees will exploit. Nomar will come around.. and now within 2-3 years he will be the one who finally wins the World Series for the Cubs. While he may have never done that for us,with our luck he will probably just do that with Cubs,which is sad. We should have gone after pitching,and a first baseman. I am not sure this new guy is going to pan out,otherwise why wouldn't have the Twins kept him. If a team in the middle of the hunt is willing to let go of a gold glove player they probably know something which we don't,just like we all knew about Nomar's attitude having an ill effect on the lockeroom.
Shripal, Hoboken NJ
The Sox did the right thing when they traded Nomar. They picked up a couple of pretty good defensive players and an outfielder. There was no way Nomar was coming back here next yr having already turned down 1 64 mill/4 yr deal! If he can get more this off-season good luck to him!
I am very optimistic about the new look of the Sox. Nomar was great while he was here. Make no mistake . . . don't cry for him. He turned down a sixty million dollar contract. Pete Sampras (the greatest tennis player ever) didn't even break fifty million in winnings in his entire career. Nomar didn't like the big market media? Just wait until he gets to the Windy City; it isn't any better there either!!
The Red Sox traded a part-time, disgruntled shortstop with more errors than home runs who is ranked 40th in defense in the Major Leagues and has not turned a double play in three years for two gold glove gamers who play hard every day and want to win. This team has never had a collection of players with speed and defense like this one in thier history.... and we all know about thier history of winning championships. Fear the Red Sox. They are much improved.
Timothy , Hope
Yes they can make the playoffs without Nomar. What people seem to forget is that he was going to walk if the Sox won the World Series or missed the playoffs. He says that he LOVES the place and didn't want to leave. What people seem to forget is that his LOVE for us + 15 million didn't equal him wanting to stay after the season. The Henry Ownership group & the Front Office have to run a business. At the end of the day, it is a business. You don't like it....then don't buy the product.
Epstein said he made the deal because he didn't think we had playoff-caliber defense. I agree with that. We may have made the playoffs with Nomar, but defensive holes would likely have been our downfall. You just can't let errors happen in playoff baseball. The Sox are going to have to recover, emotionally, from Nomar's loss-- but, as they say, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. I'm very, very sad to see him go, but I also want to see the Red Sox win a world series more than anything. I think what Theo has done here will only improve our chances of making it. (Plus, who knows-- maybe he'll be back at the end of the season...)
Of course they can win with this line up. Ever since Nomar came back, the sox have been playing .500 ball. Without Nomar, they are 10 games over .500. I don't understand how people can be unhappy with this trade. If Nomar wasn't traded it would be Mo Vaughn all over again. And this team just isn't made for a guy like Nomar. I mean the guy cant thrive as a hitter when batting behind Ortiz and Manny.