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Friday, September 30, 2005

Red Sox - Acquired Stanton

Boston Red Sox - Acquired P Mike Stanton from the Washington Nationals for P Rhys Taylor and P Yader Peralta.

Should work this time.

Taylor and Peralta, suffice it to say, are very, very low-grade prospects.  Taylor’s a recent FA signee from Australia who had an OK debut down in in the GCL (and one who’s already had reconstructive arm surgery) while Peralta is most likely to be used as a lower-level organizational player unless he breaks through.

The problem with this acquisition has nothing to do with losing these two players but instead, what the Red Sox get in return.  Getting another arm for the crucial series isn’t a bad idea - getting Mike Stanton is.  We know by now the Red Sox don’t have much faith in Lenny Dinardo (or Abe Alvarez) for that matter but Mike Stanton pitching this weekend instead of Dinardo does nothing to help the Red Sox make the playoffs (and probably hurts).

Given the team’s behavior after having the championship in the bag as opposed to the behavior in the two years prior to breaking the curse, one has to start to wonder if the Red Sox will, in the future, find the future versions of David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Bronson Arroyo, or Mark Bellhorn, contributors all in 2004.  Stanton has no large effect on the future, but when you start to see the dried-up husks of Mike Stanton and Mike Remlinger brought in or a hitter like Roberto Petagine relegated to oblivion because of being unable to overlook his weaknesses or Jeremi Gonzalez being dug up so that Abe Alvarez can’t get a real shot, one has to start to wonder if the Red Sox are slowly becoming their archnemesis.

Dan Szymborski Posted: September 30, 2005 at 03:42 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: September 30, 2005 at 02:56 PM (#1653734)
Dan, no snapper commentary? No baiting? No fishy stuff? I guess I'll need to go back to the Yaz thread...

So, what is Stanton's zips projection for the weekend? Let me venture a guess, while I'm talking to Mrs. Cleo...

1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 1 LOSS...
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2005 at 03:10 PM (#1653766)
   3. Foster Posted: September 30, 2005 at 04:28 PM (#1653963)
That link was unexpectedly funny.
   4. JMM Posted: September 30, 2005 at 04:30 PM (#1653968)
Harry Dean and Elizabeth Cady were unavailable?
   5. The Ghost of the Bearded Wizard Posted: September 30, 2005 at 04:36 PM (#1653989)
Ha! In Soviet Russia, Stanton trades you!
   6. 1k5v3L Posted: September 30, 2005 at 04:41 PM (#1654003)
The Sox have too many chefs in the kitchen. Period. You can say that of many organizations, like the Dodgers, the Yankees, the Diamondbacks; having too many chefs doesn't have to hurt, but it does make it really hard to right the ship during turbulent times. The Sox are really trying to catch a few lightnings in a bottle; the problem is that David Wells stole that bottle and drank it up last night. Which means he'll throw out his back in the third inning tonight, unless the Yankees knock out his fake teeth out of the game in the second (very likely).
   7. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: September 30, 2005 at 04:47 PM (#1654024)
the problem is that David Wells stole that bottle and drank it up last night.

Soooo, perfect game today?
   8. MM1f Posted: September 30, 2005 at 06:51 PM (#1654317)
YOU JINXED IT
   9. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 01, 2005 at 12:43 PM (#1655838)
Oracles says...RTPFA (read the previous f###ing article)!
   10. Darren Posted: October 02, 2005 at 01:56 AM (#1656936)
Given the team’s behavior after having the championship in the bag as opposed to the behavior in the two years prior to breaking the curse, one has to start to wonder if the Red Sox will, in the future, find the future versions of David Ortiz, Kevin Millar, Bronson Arroyo, or Mark Bellhorn, contributors all in 2004.

Well, this year they found Graffanino midseason. They don't seem particularly good at finding bullpen help, and as you say, someone is unwilling to give guys from the minors much of a look. Maybe next year, under a new manager, they will be.

FWIW, Stanton is a pretty good loogy, and will certainly fill a role, because the manager is not able to think beyond lefty righty splits.
   11. bookbook Posted: October 14, 2005 at 02:43 AM (#1682625)
Two paths diverged in a yellow wood.
And that has made all the difference.

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