The Victor Martinez deal is a very interesting trade to me and here’s why. His trade to Boston affects 5 different players.
Who is going to play first base? Will it be Youkilis or Martinez? When Martinez plays first base somebody at third base will be affected. Mike Lowell will most likely have to sit because they’ll probably move Youkilis to third. If they decide to sit Youkilis then he’s been affected. So both Lowell and Youkilis have to deal with Martinez playing first base.
The 3rd player that has to deal with this Martinez trade is Jason Varitek. Now think about it. This is a guy who has handled the Boston pitching staff for the last 12 years. All of these pitchers have grown up and trusted him so he knows their stuff better than anyone. His greatest worth to his team is calling the game so now you affect Varitek.
The 4th player on this list is David Ortiz. Martinez can DH, too, so on days he does Big Papi sits. I know he’s struggled this season, but he’s starting to swing the bat well of late. Alright, that’s 4 players who have instantly been affected by this trade.
Number 5 now is Casey Kotchman who was traded for Adam LaRoche as we all know. He now becomes that player off the bench after starting in Atlanta.
So 5 players were directly affected with the trade for Victor Martinez without talking about Martinez, which is still a great pickup by the Red Sox. It will be interesting down the stretch for Terry Francona to get all these players enough playing time. We’ll have to see how it all shakes out in Boston.
Once of the reasons this rivalry is so great is the simple fact that David Ortiz is popping off just before the Yankees got to town and he’s basically warning Joba Chamberlain not to throw inside. This is headline locker rood fodder that everyone wants to talk about. But, from a baseball standpoint, it all sparks a lot of offense because if the umpires warn the pitchers not to pitch inside – and I’m not talking about throwing people’s head or hitting guys like Joba did with Youkilis – I’m saying just pitching inside to brush guys off the plate, then we’re going to see a lot of offense.
It’s going to be one of the most exciting weekends for the players new to the teams. Teixiera, CC, A.J., to experience the Red Sox – Yankee rivalry amped up to another level is really cool.
This is a great rivalry, second to none, and I look forward to watching it.