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?
Nomar leaving this way is the worst. I am practically to the point of saying 'go yankees.' They keep their star players and they try to get better players. The Sox are really putting me, as a fan, in a tough spot. What are they giving me to cheer for? It is hard to rationalize this deal and I don't care what anyone says, Nomar wanted to play for the Red Sox for the rest of his career.
Justin, Manchester, NH
Nomar's gone. No more first pitch pop-ups, no more lack of diving for groundballs, no more whining about everything under the sun, no more clubhouse cancer. Cabrera will start doing great playing for a team that has a fanbase larger than 17 people, and we've got a guy who can catch the ball at first base. Only two things to worry about, if we have to give up McCarty now, and if we're going to lose playing time for Kapler the Dirt Dog. Oh, and mark my words, you heard it here first - the Sox will be more upset at having given up Matt Murton than Nomar. Murton's going to be a ridiculously good player someday.
Luke, Preston, CT
Ok, I HATE the idea of Nomar playing for any other team, but did we have to trade him for Cabrera? He certainly isnt any better. MAYBE if we traded him for some really kick-butt pitching I could understand, but this stinks.
Melissa, San Diego, CA
Thank god Nomar's gone. We should welcome Cabrera and Mientkiewicz and look at ourselves, the Red Sox fans, as winners in this trade. At this writing, (bottom 4th, game 3 with Twins) Cabrera looks pretty nice. Who can argue with a solo homer his first at bat? I will personally go to Fenway to boo Nomar if the Cubs play in boston during interleague play next season--that is if nomar is still with the cubs by then. He was such a cry-baby. Plus if we didn't win a World Series with him during his ten years or whatever in boston, why the heck do people think he's such a huge loss? Sure he's a great player. But how good is the best 2-time AL batting champion if he fakes injuries and misses games. Goodbye Nomar. No love lost in this trade.
Gery, New York City (born in Newton, MA)
yes, in a few weeks this will all be after thought. we all know nomar would not of re-sign with the club and wait till the boston fans see what mientkiewicz's can do at first base to make it a better infeild. the bat has not been as good this year but thats not why the sox pick hin up d. ortiz was a big push for mientkiewicz and he played with him and knows what he talking about. the second thing is cabrera is no hack. a home run in his first at bat today and is a good player at ss. just wait it will all be forgot in a few weeks.
john, minneapolis mn/new hampshire
I think this was the dumbets trade Ive seen. It ranks rigth there with the sale of Babe Ruth. Nomar was a superstar he was Boston, hes the reason I became a sox fan. Well Nomar nomore so no more sox for me either. Fire Theo and maybe I'll come back if they sign Nomar as a free agent.
I think everybody knew that it was time for Nomar to move on. He no longer was happy in Boston, despite what he said publicly, and the Sox were going to lose him in any case. So they made a deal. What I am disappointed in is that they didn't get a frontline pitcher for him. Obviously they needed someone to play shortstop in his absence but what difference does Mientkiewicz make? Just another 250 hitter at first. Don't they have enough of those? Well, what's done is done. Good luck to Nomar, he's a great one. And all we can do now is see how the last two months play out before anyone can really make a final judgement on this epic deal.
Rick, birmingham mi
Hey The Curse is gonna continue. Poor Nomar. He was faithful to this team and what he got as a payback for that. Remember they tried to deal him during that botched A-Rod deal. Man, why can't the Sox management learn. Why are they playing with the Nation's emotions. Give me a break. But again the Yankees won't win this time too. Nomar should do it for the Cubs.
Venkat, Madras, India
i think so , when nomar was out before you could see the void in the line up ,we need jason ,mueller,etc to step it up like the new speed and dee
steve, north attleboro
I think they can make the playoffs with this lineup. They've definitely impoved on what has been their biggest weakness - their defense. As much as I liked Nomar, it became incresingly obvoius that he wasn't going to be back with the Sox next year. So, picking up 2 quality infielders is a good move given the circumstances. Maybe these 2 guys can spark the fire that has been lacking with this team for most of the season.