>: The latest rumor, which makes more sense than Cormier, is Cordero for
>: Ken Ryan and Matt Murray.
>: >>Naehring is ten times the player of either of these, or even...
>: Which makes me cringe when I hear the other trade rumors - that being
>: Tim Naehring to Philly for Heath Slocumb...
>In conjunction with Cordero for garbage, though, Naerhing for
>Slocumb seems OK to me. As much as I like Naerhing, I'd much rather have
>Cordero at 3B, and I don't think Murray is a particularly high price to
>pay, assuming as I do that Slocumb really is scads better than Ryan. I'd
>rather put Cordero at 3B and dump Naehring than put Cordero in LF and
>I assume Naehring stays if the Cordero giveaway doesn't happen.
I wouldn't necessarily call it Cordero for garbage. I know Cordero is
good, but there are now some questions as to the strength of his shoulder,
which according to Montreal press (ok, pretty shaky source, but it's all
I have heard) Cordero will probably need major shoulder surgery soon.
Putting him at third may not be an option if this is indeed true. I have
to admit that I'm not sure of the veracity of the report, though - any
fans of Les Expos know the truth?
At any rate, Ryan was awful this year, but I certainly think he was
a high quality pitcher last year and the year before. And, he will
still be only 25 as of opening day next year. If his slump of last
year is just a slump, then I would say he is better than Slocumb. Murray
is a little old to be considered a great prospect anymore, but he
certainly should be able to be a solid starter for a few years.
The trade would favor the Sox, of course.
Then again, Butch Henry (released by Expos, picked up by the Sox) is
probably as good as either of them, and JJ Thobe might be, too. Maybe
we could trade those two players back to the Expos for Cordero :)
I'm not sure why you would rather have Greenwell stick around than
Naerhing. Naerhing is a better hitter, and can play every infield
position (and probably LF or RF in a real pinch, I would guess).
Greenwell is a below average offensive player, especially outside of
Fenway. Not that I mind the guy (I'm not a Greenwell-basher per se,
I actually like him), but he is not the Sox' best option for left field.
At any rate, Cincinnati categorically denies any interest in Naerhing
now. Of course, this means that the trade was probably announced
today as the denial was reported by either Nick (no way Aguilera
is gonna be a Red Sox) Cafardo or Peter Gammons (and you know his
track record) in the Sunday Globe.