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.