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Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Even though Tavarez has pitched poorly, he is a better option than most for a team desperate for a starter. Bat $hit is much cheaper than Matt Morris ($10.5M after 2007) and Jose Contreras ($20M in 2008-2009). BTW, the Other Sox should put Contreras in the pen where he could pick up a few mph making his splitter effective again. Relievers are nearly as high in demand as starters. They could get something better marketing Contreras as a setup man.

Anyway, the others identified by Jayson Stark - Kyle Loshe, Steve Trachsel, and Joe Kennedy - all have issues. Both Loshe and Kennedy have had streches or years of ineffectiveness. They also could bring back compensation draft picks next year increasing their value. This is not the situation with Tavarez.

As for Trachsel, he just got back on the mound and has yielded more walks than gotten strikeouts this season. Like Bat $hit, he has a relatively cheap option, when compared to the free agent market, for next season. But Tavarez is cheaper to keep on in 2008, has better peripherals, is younger and healthier than Trachsel.

The trade market for starters makes Tavarez a good option for some contenders and the Sox depth could make him available. The Olde Towne Team should be both a buyer and seller.


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