The Lack of Deadline Deals…

In each of the past two seasons the Boston Red Sox were very active at the trade deadline.  In 2008 they swapped Manny Ramirez for Jason Bay.  In 2009 they acquired Victor Martinez for Justin Masterson and a couple of minor league pitchers.  In 2010 they…well in fact they didn’t do much.  But, the lack of a high impact deal doesn’t mean that the 2010 trade deadline was a complete disaster.

Jeremy Hermida was designated for assignment and his time with Boston has pretty much come to an end (barring no teams picking him up off of waives).  Ramon Ramirez was dealt to the San Francisco Giants for minor league relief pitcher Daniel Turpen.  Turpen is a mid-level prospect (tier two guy) that may find himself in the Sox’s bullpen within the next couple of seasons.  Ramirez had a very promising start to his Red Sox career, but has been terrible throughout the entire 2010 season.  Apparently Ramirez was unhappy with his role in the bullpen, but I can’t imagine that Terry Francona could have had much confidence in Ramirez to put him into the game at any point in time.

Arguably the biggest move that the Sox made was acquiring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Texas Rangers.  The now 25 year old catcher was once considered one of the best young catching prospects in all of baseball, but some recent troubles with his defense have taken him off the radar.  The Red Sox have been interested in Saltalamacchia since 2008 when they were looking for a young catcher for the future.  In 2009, Theo Epstein considered dealing Clay Buchholz for the young catcher, but when that deal fell apart the Red Sox went full steam ahead towards acquiring Victor Martinez.  Saltalamacchia had fallen out of favor with the Rangers organization, so the Red Sox were afforded the opportunity to send two mid-level prospects (1B Chris Mcguiness and RHP Roman Mendez) to Texas in exchange for the catcher.  Whether or not Jarrod Saltalamacchia will help the major league club this season remains to be seen, but I believe that this move by Theo will pay huge dividends for the Sox in the future.  In particular instances, the relationships between players and organizations become stale and all that is needed to revive a player’s career is a change of scenery.  If Saltalamacchia can iron out the issues with his throwing mechanics I can actually see him being the opening day starter for the Red Sox for the 2011 season with Victor Martinez becoming one of the league’s most productive designated hitters.

Although the Red Sox were in need of a major league ready outfielder and relief pitcher, I think that their lack of activity was another move that displays their dedication towards building through their farm system.  Since Theo Epstein’s tenure began as General Manager after the 2002 season, he has made it very clear that the team will build through their farm system.  This affords them the opportunity to trade big name prospects for players if necessary (as happened in 2009 with Victor Martinez), but it also affords them the luxury of not over paying (with prospects and depleting their farm system) for a player when they have minor leaguers that have the ability to step in and help out the big league club.  The beauty of Epstein’s situation is that the Red Sox have one of the better farm systems in the MLB, but they also have the second biggest payroll in the MLB.  They have the ability to pay free agents top dollar as well as bring up young prospects that can turn into stars.  Consider the lack of deadline moves a renewed commitment to the Red Sox way, and be happy that your fanship belongs to a team that has the farm system (and budget) to compete for a World Series for many years to come.

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  1. […] Some baseball fans are unhappy their team did not make any moves. Maybe they realized this isn’t the year. […]

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