The Celtics have trumped the Red Sox today. It is something they want to do on a regular basis. Great to have dreams, but I’m not sure how often this will happen.
We all know the trade by now. One guy, KG, for 5 guys and 2 picks (one of which came from Minny in the deal for Blount-Davis). Al Jefferson was the main player leaving the Celtics. The big dollar contract was Theo Ratliff who can’t be found on the NBA’s website. The big uncertainty will be Gerald Green. Will he put it together and become a star (he’s got the skills), or remain an entertaining sub? The second big uncertainty will be if Telfair can put it together after some legal troubles? Ryan Gomes is a good, solid player but not someone to build around. He’s a build with kind of guy.
I’m still not sold on this trade. I’ve forgiven Danny though. I think our window of opportunity to win is 2-3 years at the most, and 0 if we don’t get some other guys who can play to fill out the roster that includes only Pierce, KG, Ray Allen, Tony Allen (whose recovering from knee surgery), Perkins (who had foot issues last year), Leon Powe, token white guy Scals, Rondo, undrafted rookie Brandon Wallace and the unsigned draft picks Big Baby Davis and Pruitt. That’s 11 guys. We need another guy to play Center and one to play PG.
Definitely the Big Splash. Now we see if all Danny’s work pays off in a few strong playoff runs. Honestly, we wouldn’t have any of those for 2-3 years with the group we had. This fits in Danny’s plan- I just thought the big money guys would be…. younger.
The Red Sox did make 2 trades. First, the inestimable Joel Piniero was traded to the Cards for the ever-popular “player to be named later”, which means we didn’t get much for Joel. He has returned to starting, which is good for the Cards whose rotation has been depleted by injuries. This move all but guarantees they are done for the season.
Then the Sox picked up former uber-closer Eric Gagne (no, not the wrestler of old). I’m sure they got his goggles in the deal too. He nearly gave the Sox the finger, but decided winning was a good thing. He’ll move to right-handed set up man, made even more vital with Timlin’s shoulder acting up and Donnelly undergoing Tommy John surgery any day now. Sadly, he didn’t get 5 players in return, only 3. So KG still rules the day. But the Sox sent their own KG, Kason Gabbard, to the Rangers. Kason has pitched well, but is not projected to be more than a 4-5 starter. Solid, not spectacular, guy. We have some hot guys coming up soon so he’s a trading chip now that Schill is ready to start August 5th. This means Jon Lester is in the Big Leagues to stay. The Sox also sent outfielders David Murphy (who was a September call-up last year, but who lacks the power of Brandon Moss) and Engel Beltre who is playing the Gulf Coast League in this first season of pro ball. He projects to have some power.
The distressing thing was that a guys like Gagne and Dye had Boston on their no-trade lists. Why? I just don’t get it. If I’m a pro baseball player, one of the places I’d want to play is Boston (also the Bronx, St. Louis and a few other tradition rich cities).
So, a busy day in Boston sports. But will these moves pay off? I suspect the Red Sox moves have a higher probability in resulting in a good playoff run. If only the Patriots could trump them both by signing Asante Samuel long term. Now I’d be excited about THAT.