Just spit ballin here but if you were thinking of trading a guy that’s been down in Pawtucket, just beating the snot out of the competition, would a good way to showcase him be bringing him up to start right after the All Star Break against a team you’re thinking of trading him to? I thought so too.
So in an effort to “set the rotation” as Tito puts it, Caly has been called up for a spot start tonight against the Blue Jays. With more and more rumors surfacing about the Yankees being contenders in the Halladay sweepstakes doesn’t it make sense to showcase Clay against major league hitting? Especially against the team he could be going to? I think that if Halladay is heading to Philly the Sox really don’t care but if New York is seriously in the mix and has the players to get it done the Sox will trade Clay as one of the pieces to make it happen.
One of the other rumors from Toronto is that the Sox are looking at Scott Rolen. The former Cardinal and Phillie played under Terry Francona his first four years in the league which included a rookie of the year award. This is just insurance in case Mike Lowell can’t come back, but I think it’s a decent pick up so long as you’re not giving up too much to get him. It beats having guys named Bates in the lineup.
Another rumor that came down the pike yesterday from Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com: The Rockies have discussed a Garrett Atkins-for-Takashi Saito trade with the Red Sox, but both teams continue to explore other options, according to major-league sources. While the Rockies are eager to dump Atkins, who is earning $7.05 million, they might want more of a return for the third baseman than Saito, who missed most of the second half of last season with a sprained elbow ligament. I make this deal in a second. I guy that you have under contract for one year that’s almost over for a productive third base option. Again, this is contingent on no Mike Lowell.
Finally, my favorite. The Julio Lugo era in Boston seems to be coming to a close. Ken Rosenthal also reported that the Sox are desperately trying to trade Julio Lugo. Lugo who Theo had undoubtable man love for is in the third year of a four year $36 million contract. A contract that the Mets are so grateful they didn’t sign him to. If the Sox can’t find someone willing to take him, they’ll likely release him. The writings on the wall and I’m loving it.