Deadline Diary

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Since there’s not much else to talk about in the sports world right now, Game Six is shifting into full-fledged Deadline Mode.

What is Deadline Mode, you ask?

Well, Deadline Mode involves hunting down, reporting, and analyzing every single Red Sox-related trade rumor over the next three days, up to and through the Friday deadline. And if other teams want to join the Blockbuster Party, then we’ll cover them too.

Let’s kick Deadline Mode into gear with this juicy tidbit from Yahoo! Sports‘ Gordon Edes (why can’t we get sportswriters like that?):

The Sox have offered three players – pitching prospect Michael Bowden, outfielder Ryan Westmoreland, and the formerly untradeable-for-some-reason Clay Buchholz – to the Blue Jays for Roy “Doc” Halladay.

Wow. If that one doesn’t get your juices flowing, I just don’t know what to tell you.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I would love the move if Theo Epstein can pull it off, though it does strike me as strange that the Sox refused to part with Buchholz in a proposed Victor Martinez deal with the Indians, but are now ready and willing not only to deal Buchholz, but also Bowden – who’s name has been tossed around a lot lately – and top outfield prospect Westmoreland for Halladay. Sure, Halladay has more value than Martinez, but does he have THAT much more value? Theo seems to think so. But can he pry Doc away from the Phillies, the team currently considered the frontrunners to land the All-Star? And will Rays GM J.P. Ricciardi demand yet another player – Jed Lowrie, perhaps – before he is willing deal Halladay within the AL East?

Stay tuned.

Either way, I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much pitching, and right now the Sox rotation could use a little help of the Dominant Starter variety.


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