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Old 08-16-2006, 10:37 PM   #2337
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Yikes I don't like that at all. I don't get platooning Hinske and Pena. If Hinske wasn't on the books for next season at $5M, this wouldn't be so bad as a 2006 move, but to me this means that are dedicated to a Hinske/Pena platoon in 2007.

Will Hinske start against RHP? How would he be used? I've never really thought much of Hinske at the dish, and I have no idea how he is defensively. I know I seem obsessed here, but I wish they'd make a run at Lee.

BTW, the completion of this trade would definitely mark the end of Trot Nixon as a Red Sox.
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Old 08-16-2006, 10:47 PM   #2338
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3 up, 3 down for Papelbon who got his MUCH needed rest and kept it short in the 9th with that fresh arm. The season is alive!!!
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Old 08-16-2006, 10:56 PM   #2339
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Will Hinske start against RHP? How would he be used? I've never really thought much of Hinske at the dish, and I have no idea how he is defensively. I know I seem obsessed here, but I wish they'd make a run at Lee.

Sporting some Brokebackian man crush on Lee, eh?

I'm not really fond of the whole platoon idea at all. I'd rather one guy who plays good D and might not as good a hitter vs. either R or L than one specialist for each pitcher. Seems like a waste, IMO.
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Old 08-16-2006, 11:08 PM   #2340
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Red Sox sign Carlos Pena?!?!? Thats kind of wierd. But he'll be in AAA and is probably our lefty specialist when we have september call ups.
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Soriano, Lee, and Zito can all collect their money as long as we're not paying for them. I think our stance at the deadline was less about our youth being untouchable and more about these types of players not making sense at the cost. So even if we're not giving up Lester and company, they're still going to command inflated dollars this offseason that we can spend elsewhere on multiple areas. I'd rather see them kick the tires on Andruw or see what it would realistically take to get the Marlins talking about Cabrera, because those guys are stars well worth the money. If they're in sell mode on either of those guys, let's move... if not, Wily Mo can add value around our core talent. Perhaps an innings eater like Livan would make sense?...or any pitcher who doesn't resemble Matt Clement and his overpaid...
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:33 AM   #2342
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The Red Sox need a left-handed bat and need some more depth on the bench, the game against Bonderman addressed that when the righties were flailing at his slider all night long (surprisingly though, Pena wasn't one of them). I don't think Carlos Pena provides anything while Hinske might make a small contribution, it's just unfortunate he'd be around next year.
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I don't think Carlos Pena provides anything while Hinske might make a small contribution, it's just unfortunate he'd be around next year.
Yeah, I agree. I don't really get the elation for the Hinske move over at SOSH. They're drooling over his + .800 OPS vs righties and think he's going to make an impact. Adding Hinske could help them win an extra game or 2, but scoring runs is just not a major problem with this team. Helping out the bench is fine, but it's obvious to anybody with a brain that this teams major flaw in 2006 is its starting pitching.

Adding Hinske and Pena is just rearranging the deck chairs, although it seems the players wanted the front office to do something. This may be Epstein's way of trying to send the message that they aren't giving up on '06. Unfortunately, I don't think it will have a meaningful impact on the standings.
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Yeah, I agree. I don't really get the elation for the Hinske move over at SOSH. They're drooling over his + .800 OPS vs righties and think he's going to make an impact. Adding Hinske could help them win an extra game or 2, but scoring runs is just not a major problem with this team. Helping out the bench is fine, but it's obvious to anybody with a brain that this teams major flaw in 2006 is its starting pitching.

Adding Hinske and Pena is just rearranging the deck chairs, although it seems the players wanted the front office to do something. This may be Epstein's way of trying to send the message that they aren't giving up on '06. Unfortunately, I don't think it will have a meaningful impact on the standings.

I doubt the impact will be anything major. But the deal isn't anything to be pissed about either. With the Blue Jays picking up half the tab for next year. Coming out to about 4.2 million for a year and a third of Hinske's services.

He can spell Youk at first, and Lowell at third. We know Lowell has been battling an injury to the foot, and fouling a ball off last night isn't going to help anything.

The Red Sox weren't going to be able to add any quality pitching at or after the trade deadline. So thinking this move canceled out any possible deal to bolster the rotation and bullpen is moot.

It seems like a solid move that adds depth to the bench, and someone who is above league average to step in if someone were to get hurt.
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