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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Cardinals/Red Sox - Swapped Duncan/Lugo
St. Louis Cardinals - Acquired SS Julio Lugo from the Boston Red Sox for 1B-OF Chris Duncan.
Lugo’s been terrible defensively in limited time at shortstop, but I think the Red Sox were too quick to push him out the door. They don’t have much depth at SS and Lowrie’s ability to play, coming off recent wrist surgery, is still very much in the air, especially after playing very poorly in his rehab stint. Seriously, if Nick Green goes down and Lowrie isn’t back to where he was, what’s the plan? Ivan Ochoa? Lugo’s probably simply below-average defensively rather than all-world horrible and he’s hit enough that he has value. From the way some Red Sox fans talk about Lugo, you’d think he was hitting like Tony Pena Jr.
For the Red Sox, the interest in Duncan is past this year. Even if Duncan’s offense had returned, having LaRoche and Duncan on the roster at the same time would be kind of redundant until rosters are expanded. As noted, Duncan hasn’t been the same since repeated back problems and it’s a very real question if h’ll ever be the player he was a few years ago.
For the Cardinals, Greene’s issues have caused the team to unexpectedly have Brendan Ryan as the full-time shortstop and to be honest, given that Ryan’s played well defensively this season, I don’t actually think Lugo would be an upgrade as a starter, though he has value as a role player. There’s no real platoon opportunity either.
In other words, this is kind of a meh trade for both sides.
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