Links 3-8-2010: Sox lineup, A-Gonz’s worth, more ST notes

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon doesn’t see the Red Sox as lacking in offensive punch this year. Tim Dierkes ranks the AL offenses this year, and puts the Red Sox second behind you-know-who. If that holds, and the pitching and defense lives up to our expectations, we could be looking at a very successful 2010. Here’s what the fan projections at FanGraphs have to say about what the standings might look like on October 1.

Red Sox fans are enthusiastic about potentially trading for Adrian Gonzalez either at the deadline or next offseason. David Golebiewski writes about the trade value of Gonzalez at the Hardball Times. He thinks that it might cost us “Ryan Westmoreland and a B-level pitcher” to get him from San Diego. Sounds reasonable to me, but if we could avoid dealing Westmoreland or Kelly, I’d like that deal a whole lot better.

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10-22-09 Links: Successful surgeries, Aroldis, Kikuchi, staff changes and Bay versus Holliday

Tim Wakefield had successful back surgery yesterday, and is expected to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training 2010. I hope this means he can come back for an encore. Outfield prospect Zach Daeges also had surgery to remove an extra bone in his ankle, which sidelined him for the 2009 season. His prognosis is also good going forward.

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Notes: Sept 17, 2009

Just a few items to catch you up on.

You know about Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez, but Jonathan Papelbon also tweaked his back the other day, after losing his footing on a warmup pitch.

Tim Wakefield is not really improving, but he wants to give it another shot. He’s slated to start Monday in Kansas City against the Royals. Personally I don’t want to see him get hurt, but with the wild card race shaking out, if he can give us some innings, it can’t hurt, right? More rest for our playoff rotation.

Congratulations to David Ortiz, who recently set the record for most career HR by a DH with 312.

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Sox trade Ambres, Lowrie may return early

The Red Sox traded outfielder Chip Ambres to the New York Mets for a PTBNL yesterday. Ambres was hitting .259/.335/.368 at Pawtucket at the time of the trade. This is just a depth move, and it frees up some outfield space at Triple-A, which is already crowded with the likes of Zach Daeges, Chris Carter and recently promoted Aaron Bates.

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The State of the Sox 2009

It’s time again for our yearly look at the Red Sox organization, to assess the overall health of the franchise and gauge its future prospects. Right now, things look pretty rosy.

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September 1: Nobody new (yet)

The MLB roster expansion has occurred, yet the Red Sox roster has not expanded by even one player. This is because Triple-A Pawtucket is very much in the hunt for the International League Governor’s Cup, and the management doesn’t want to cripple them in a critical playoff run unnecessarily. The PawSox won a franchise-record 85 games this season, and the front office likes to see young players perform under playoff pressure. Once Pawtucket’s season ends (the earliest that could happen is September 5th, if the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees happen to sweep them), you’re likely to see a few familiar faces that flashed through the bigs this season.

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