2009 Offseason: Crisp traded to Kansas City

ESPN 810 in Kansas City was the first to report today that the Red Sox have traded Coco Crisp to the Royals in return for Ramon Santos Ramirez, a 27-year old right-handed reliever.

Not to be confused with the Ramon A. Ramirez who plays for Cincinnati, this Ramirez is a pretty decent return for Crisp. A small pitcher who throws 91-94 mph, Ramirez relies on his fastball and hard upper-80s slider to get righties out. This past year he used his changeup/splitter to good effect, which hopefully will help him to be more effective against lefties. He will slot well into a 7th inning role, giving the Sox flexibility to move Justin Masterson back to the rotation if they choose.

2009 Projections: Ramon Ramirez
FantasyScope: 52.1 IP, 3 HR, 21 BB, 49 K, 3.35 ERA and 1.30 WHIP
Bill James: 67 IP, 6 HR, 28 BB, 62 K, 3.74 ERA and 1.34 WHIP
ZiPS: 65 IP, 5 HR, 29 BB, 56 K, 4.02 ERA and 1.40 WHIP
Marcel: 63 IP, 5 HR, 25 BB, 54 K, 3.86 ERA and 1.32 WHIP

Ramirez has just over one year of service time, so he can be a strong part of this bullpen for several years at minimal cost (he earned just 397k last season). The Red Sox are making Jacoby Ellsbury the undisputed starter in centerfield, and will definitely seek a fouth outfielder for depth. I imagine it will be a right-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions and is more or less defense-oriented. One name that comes to mind is native Rhode Islander Rocco Baldelli, though his physical issues with playing time should be considered.

On Kansas City’s end, this deal really strengthens their outfield defense, as it allows David DeJesus to shift over to left field. The trade could be the prelude to a move of Mark Teahen, who has drawn a lot of interest this offseason.

The Red Sox are also said to be seriously pursuing free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett. I like his peripheral stats a lot, but I don’t see him being worth the money people are predicting.


2 Responses to 2009 Offseason: Crisp traded to Kansas City

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    There are not a lot of exciting free agent options for that 4th outfielder slot. In addition to Baldelli and Gabe Kapler, I might consider Chip Ambres, who used to be in our farm system but was traded to the Royals as part of the Tony Graffanino trade.

    He plays all the outfield positions, gets on base and has some power. He’d be very cheap to sign, at least as a 5th outfielder.

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