January 23, 2006


Source: Sox agree to Crisp deal: Six players to be involved in swap (Chris Snow, January 23, 2006, Boston Globe)

The Red Sox, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, have reached agreement in principle with the Indians on a complex six-player deal centered upon 26-year-old Coco Crisp that also will bring to town a quality setup man in 28-year-old David Riske and young catcher Josh Bard.

Boston will ship top prospect Andy Marte, reliever Guillermo Mota, and catcher Kelly Shoppach to Cleveland. The deal is contingent upon physicals. The only player in the deal with a known and recent injury issue is Mota, who missed a month last season with the Marlins because of inflammation in his throwing elbow.

Now the deal is just bizarre. You wouldn't trade Marte for Crisp even up, but Riske is a big improvement over Mota, but why Bard instead of Shoppach, who's younger, a better hitter and the best defensive catcher in their system? And why not get another outfielder in the deal, which is what they could really use?

AL East Top 10 Prospects: Red Sox #7. Kelly Shoppach - C - DOB: 04/29/80 (Matthew Pouliot, 1/23/06, RotoWorld.com )

.253/.352/.507, 26 HR, 75 RBI, 116/46 K/BB, 0 SB in 371 AB for Triple-A Pawtucket
.000/.063/.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 7/0 K/BB, 0 SB in 15 AB for Boston

It hardly seems fair, but Shoppach’s embarrassing showing in 15 at-bats for the Red Sox last season seemed to counter what good he did by hitting 26 homers and finishing with an 859 OPS in 371 at-bats in Pawtucket. There didn’t appear to be much interest in him in trade talks over the winter, and now the Red Sox are prepared to go with John Flaherty rather than try Shoppach as the personal catcher for Tim Wakefield this year. Shoppach still figures to be a long-term regular. He’s solid enough defensively that he’ll never have to hit for much of an average to be one of the game’s top 30 catchers. With Jason Varitek signed through 2008, Shoppach will again be a candidate to go in an in-season deal this year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2006 7:00 PM

I don't understand the deal either.

Supposedly the Indians are going to pick up the cf, Michaels I think, who's the odd man out in Philly.

Why wouldn't the Sawx just trade for Michaels? He's put up decent numbers in limited playing time, and he's an actual cf, unlike Crisp who played lf last year. Plus the Phillies more or less have to trade him, so the Sawx wouldn't have had to give up as much.

I guess it all boils down to the name factor. Can't go wrong with Coco Crisp.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 23, 2006 7:40 PM

Riske is very inconsistent. Very good at times but he also stinks for extended periods.

Bard has proven he can't hit big league pitching so Shoppach is an improvement for backup for the Tribe.

A strange trade for both teams.

Posted by: Bob at January 23, 2006 9:04 PM

You're upset. I just lost the best one two in mlb and I am more upset than you are.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 23, 2006 11:09 PM

The Sox have Varitek, only use a backup to catch Wakefield, and Shoppach can't catch the knuckleball, so he's stuck in Pawtucket with the Sox but would play in the majors for any other team. It makes sense to trade him somewhere.

I guess the Sox think Crisp has more upside than Michaels. I guess they're skeptical of Marte. I think they're afraid of the Boston fans and media, and want to field a winner every year.

Posted by: pj at January 23, 2006 11:22 PM

Crisp is way better than Michaels. When has Bard caught a knuckler?

Posted by: oj at January 23, 2006 11:45 PM

Bard hasn't. The Tribe has none (like most teams).

Crisp is very good but has a Damon-like arm.

Matthews just looks like a fourth outfielder at best. I guess the Indians will platoon him.

Boston actully should have traded for Kenny Lofton. At age 60 or so he is still pretty good. Wouldn't have cost Marte.

Posted by: Bob at January 24, 2006 11:12 AM