Red Sox Ink Cameron...It's Bye-Bye Jason Bay...Is Beltre Boston Bound?
The Boston Red Sox have made some rapid-fire moves in the past few days, moves that are important if Boston wants to overtake New York. Having already signed righthander John Lackey to a five year deal, the Sox have added defense to their outfield with the acquisition of Mike Cameron. He signed a two-year deal. Last year, Mike hit .250 for the Brewers but showed power with his 24 taters and 70 RBIs. Those numbers should go up this year with 81 games played at cozy Fenway Park. He is a Gold Glove outfielder who will probably play left, with Jacoby staying in center. That's where Ellsbury is most at home. He can burn the turf with his lightning-like speed. This also means that Jason Bay is NOT coming back. Hey Jason, it was fun while it lasted. There are swirls going around that the NY Yankees have been in contact with him. Speaking of the pinstripers, Hideki Matsui is now an Angel from Los Angeles. They'll use him at DH. Toronto's Roy Halladay is also changing cities, moving south to a very strong Philadelphia Phillies team, last year's best National League club. He'll be terrific there...that I know.
The Mike Lowell trade to the Rangers has been held up because Mikey might need another thumb surgery procedure. If the Sox ink Beltre, that would necessitate a trade eliminating Lowell from the Boston Red Sox mix. My opinion? If Mike Lowell's thumb and hip allow him to play a good defensive third base and be comfortable at the plate, KEEP HIM! If not, go after Adrian Beltre long and hard. He's another Gold Glover. Kevin Youkilis is very comfortable at the hot corner should the Sox land a first base power machine. Theo and company are far from finished. Remember, two bullpen arms are needed. On the bright side, two missing pieces of the puzzle are in place and that's good.
That's a wrap for a busy Tuesday morning, a warmish (38F) pre-dawn here in north central Connecticut. The cold air is on its way for the end of the week, a mid-January type of frigidity. I'm ready.
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