In return for their big names, the Red Sox received a slew of prospects highlighted by top pitching prospect, Rubby De La Rosa, a 23-year-old coming off of Tommy John surgery. For the Sawks this was all about shedding payroll and headaches, and they sure did that. And now they have money to resign Jacoby Ellsbury and be players once again this off-season as well. All-in-all this is a move that will ultimately make Boston better and thereby scarier in the long-run, where once us Yankees fans thought we would be able to revel in the dysfunction of a team mired in payroll hell. However, with the Dodgers buying up junk contracts like they are Germans buying credit default swaps in 2008 they are now out from under three bad contracts with some talented young players now coming on.
Yes, this trade did leave a few big holes in the Red Sox lineup and, yes, I’m sure they wish they still had Anthony Rizzo to play first, but if I am Ben Cherrington I am getting on my knees and thanking the baseball Gods for loosening Ned Colletti’s purse strings. Who could have fathomed that such a fortuitous situation would befell such an unfortunate, unlucky, and downright dysfunctional ball club? Now the big question regarding the team to the north with the funny accents is whether Bobby V. stays on or if he becomes a one-and-done on his way back to the Sunday Night Baseball booth. According to a number of reports, Valentine never really had a hold on this team from the get-go and despite the fact that they jettisoned a few guys who he clashed with, namely Beckett, it may not be enough to prevent his ultimate fate.
The Red Sox are now in an interesting situation, with money to spend, some pretty good young prospects, and a slew of question marks. How they decide to proceed will determine whether they become the Mets of the AL East or revert back to their big-market club ways in terms of spending. The ball is now firmly in the court of John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherrington and the rest of the Boston brain trust.