Friday, August 17, 2007
WMP has been traded to the Nationals with cash for a player to be named later. In some cases, the PTBNL is a player that has been with the organization less than a year, so he can’t be dealt. If this is the case, which I don’t believe it is, the Sox would likely receive Glenn Gibson a southpaw who is dominating up here in Burlington, Vermont for the short-season Lake Monsters. I doubt the Nationals would trade a player just signed. But my thought is that Bowden and Theo agreed to a list of players and a range of cash, but could not hammer out the details before this afternoon’s game so they made the vague announcement. Since the Nationals system is bare, I’m hoping for Gibson.
I understand it is conventional wisdom to have Paps close out the ninth in game one today, but the Sox were up four at that point. Saving Papelbon to possibly pitch in tonight’s game would have been a better call. Now, he is likely out of two games. Mike Timlin would have been the best choice with Eric Gagne as the backup plan. If those two can’t get three outs without giving up three runs, then we got big problems.
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