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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, March 20, 2006
Red Sox - Acquired Wily Mo
Boston Red Sox - Acquired OF Wily Mo Pena from the Reds for P Bronson Arroyo. Signed OF Juan Gonzalez.
A good move for the Red Sox, though the upside of this addition is limited because of their roster construction. Pena has intriguing power and can usually hack his way into usefulness, the Red Sox still kind of need someone who can play center and while Pena would be a good platoon partner with Trot Nixon, they’ve shown little interesting in using Nixon in a straight platoon in the past. This was done with an eye to clearing some of the pitching excess but I’m not sure if Arroyo was the guy you wanted to skim off the top - he’s a dependably average pitcher, but there’s a lot that could go wrong with the Red Sox rotation this season.
I find this puzzling from the Reds’ perspective - the team’s offense has been the only strength and while a league-average innings eater is a huge bonus for the Reds, Arroyo is yet another fairly strong flyball pitcher in front of an outfield that will still stink defensively. Is the upgrade to Arroyo from Gosling/Wilson worth what they lose with Scott Hatteberg and possibly even Rich Aurilia (the Reds asked him get a first baseman’s glove, after all)? I don’t think it is - they already seem to be wanting Tony Womack to get a good deal of playing time. Roster churning at best. So far, I’d say the new Red management has been very disappointing - the only long-term goal they seem to have is to try and not finish last in the central division this upcoming season.
The Sox also signed Juan Gonzalez to a minor-league contract. I think it’s doubtful he ever plays for the Red Sox - the Sox aren’t in a position where they have a free roster spot for Gonzalez, especially now that they acquired Pena. Gonzalez probably ends up in the minors and ends up being flipped to a team that gets desperate for hitting in May.
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