Red Sox making moves to stay atop
The Boston Red Sox fell out of first place this past week. They made two moves to try and regain the top spot. First they acquired Adam LaRoche from the Pirates for a couple of minor leaguers. The move gives them some more pop off the bench. He should take at bats away from Mark Kotsay. He should also provide some rest for Mike Lowell and his hip. LaRoche hit 32 home runs one year for the Atlanta Braves.
The second move came when they dealt Juilio Lugo to the Cardinals for Curtis Duncan. Again some more pop. Both players were struggling. Lugo had to be traded or waived, so the move makes great sense for the Red Sox. Duncan had already been sent to the minors. He may get called up later in the year.
Lugo give the Cardinals a lot of flexibility which Tony LaRussa loves. The move also indicates that the Pirates aren’t done cleaning house.