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March 20, 2006



Spinning in their graves:
Being a Reds fan, you know, from around there and all, I'm on both the Red Sox and the Red notes mailing lists:
From the Reds:The Cincinnati Reds today acquired RHP Bronson Arroyo and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for OF Wily Mo Pena.

Arroyo, 29, went 14-10 with a 4.51 ERA in 35 games (32 starts) for the Red Sox last season. He established career highs in wins (14), starts (32) and innings pitched (205.1) while producing a team-high 20 quality starts.

Arroyo has appeared in the postseason in each of the last three seasons, including as a member of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Meaning: Squeee!!!!!!!!!!111!!! wE Got Bronson Arroyo!
From the Red Sox:
The Red Sox have acquired 24-year-old outfielder Wily Mo Pena from the Reds in exchange for righty Bronson Arroyo and cash. The right-handed-hitting Pena slugged .492 and batted .254 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs in 90 games with Cincinnati last season.

Pena gives the Sox some right-handed pop in the lineup. The Red Sox could afford to deal Arroyo because they still have Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Matt Clement, David Wells and Tim Wakefield to anchor the rotation.
Meaning: Look, we know you're all pissed, but it's not as bad as you think. Really. Honest.

And yet, it sorta is. The team doesn't need another 4th outfielder. Is this theory that Kapler isn't coming back? Maybe that might justify this, but honestly, if the goal is platoon Nixon, why keep Nixon. I know, heretical, but the Red Sox seem like they're trying to simulataneously build two teams, each playing half time. I'm all for depth, but this off-season has been wacky with positions being filled that aren't vacant and the accumulation of a lot of fielding talent that doesn't bring anything offensively to the table.

Derek Hixon

First off, this had to be a fun trade for you!

I also understand what you're saying about the Sox building two teams. It seems like this is a trade that may not make RSN go crazy right away. It seems more like the trade with the potential to make RSN go crazy in a year or two. We'll see.

I think they're sticking to their guns by trying to keep both focus on the present and the future. On paper they have a good team, but the games still have to be played.

I think Arroyo's going to stud out with the Reds.

A) He'll not be pitching to the sluggers of the AL East.

B) He'll be in the NL.

I hope he has a kick ass year for ya :)

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