2008 Projections roundup

At the beginning of the year, I said a lot of things. But how right (or wrong) was I?

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Tavarez lands with Brewers

Julian Tavarez has joined the Milwaukee Brewers. For now, he will pitch out of their bullpen, though he will likely provide rotational insurance against injury.

Coco Crisp continues to deal with his part-time situation, to his credit. A trade won’t occur until a team steps up and is willing to pay a steeper price for Crisp.

Tavarez becomes a free agent

After initially indicating that he’d accept an assignment to Pawtucket, pitcher Julian Tavarez has opted for free agency after all. The Red Sox will still pay almost all of the $3.8M he is owed this season.

This is a small blow to our pitching depth, but I don’t really blame Tavarez, who is a veteran at 35. Kyle Snyder should move in to fill his role as reserve swingman. Tavarez may have gotten an offer for a starting slot somewhere, probably in the NL. Colorado, Milwaukee and Baltimore were reported to have interest.

Tavarez, Smith assigned to Pawtucket

Julian Tavarez and his $2.8M salary have passed through waivers, and he has accepted an assignment at Pawtucket. Teams were interested in him, just not in paying that much money for him. That’s one advantage big-market clubs have in baseball; they can afford reserves that get paid like small-market regulars. Looks like they’re pretty committed to this Craig Hansen experiment.

Reliever Chris Smith was also sent down to make some room on the roster. He was with the team for a couple of games, but didn’t have an opportunity to pitch.

Trade rumors: Tavarez, Aardsma, Lopez, Lugo

ESPN’s Jayson Stark has some Red Sox rumors:

Julian Tavarez DFA

Julian Tavarez has just been designated for assignment by the Red Sox. They wouldn’t have done this unless they are close to dealing him away; the Rockies have been said to be talking to Epstein about acquiring the 35-year old sinkerballer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the trade was for simply for a marginal prospect or a PTBNL if Colorado takes on his salary; if the Sox pay some of it, they could get a slightly better prospect in return.

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Roster update: Corey traded, Colon strong, Lowrie, Tavarez, Alvarez

Boston traded reliever Bryan Corey to the San Diego Padres yesterday for either cash or a PTBNL. I think it’s a good move for Corey, who stands to get more playing time for the Pads; I think it also shows the front office’s growing confidence in young arms like Craig Hansen and Justin Masterson, who could stick in the Sox bullpen if injuries strike.

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