Saturday, July 18, 2009

Haggs Was Right, Penny Should Have Been Traded

Last month Joe Haggerty of called for the Red Sox to trade Brad Penny while his stock was high and if you look at the comment section, I agreed with him. After Buchholz's good outing last night and Penny's subpar performance today it looks like the Sox might be in a pickle. Penny gave up 8 hits and 6 earned runs today agains the Jays, getting his 4th loss of the season and raising his ERA over 5. As the trading dealine quickly approaches Penny's value has plummeted. Now the Red Sox would be lucky to get a reserve player for him and fans will only give him a short leash with Buchholz waiting in the wings.

The Jays scored in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th off of Penny. The Red Sox offense took and early lead with an RBI by Balelli but in the top of the 2nd but failed to plate another run until the top of the 7th when Lowrie hit a tater in his first game back since wrist surgery.

Red Sox Lose 6-2 BOX SCORE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Red Sox 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
Blue Jays 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 6 8 0


Anonymous,  July 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

Penny really should have been traded. I hate the idea of releasing, I mean, you pay the contract. Okay, its only 5 MiL and 1 year but I would even trade for someone like Joe Crede. Or, make a package of Penny, Lugo, Delcarmen and Drew for Holiday, Ziegler and bring Garciaparra back home. It would be great for Garciaparra to finish his major league career in a Red Sox uniform and he can play 1st, SS and 3B. If the Red Sox let Bay walk, then Holiday would be a great fit. Don't ask me but thats what I would do.

dave,  July 18, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

Tito said Penny wasn't signed to be traded, he was signed to win games. I'm guessin' it was pretty much common knowledge that Penny could have been traded all along at a moments notice if the right deal came along. It didn't, it hasn't. Yet. His value may have dropped slightly, but one bad outing a bad season does not make. Theo has a full tank, he knows what he's doing. (OK, so he signed Lugo, but no one's perfect.) Buchholz *could* have been traded, too, *if* the right deal came along. There are still 2 weeks before the deadline hits, there are a lot of names being tossed around. We are armchair GM's and think we know what to do. Theo is the GM, and he knows what to do (most of the time.) He usually has something up his sleeve. I liked Manny, too, but Jason Bay is patrolling left field now as a result of an 11th hour deal, and no one is complaining. Coco is gone and no one is complaining. With a plethora of arms, he's in the driver's seat. You watch.


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