For the second time in three seasons Ben Cherington gutted his Red Sox squad in the middle of the season. The Sox GM made four trades yesterday, sending out Jon Lester, Johnny Gomes, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Stephen Drew off of the major league roster.
The trades started fairly early with the Lester deal going down around 9:50am -Alex Speier was the first with the particulars on that deal – and ending just before the 4:00pm deadline with the trade of Drew to the Yankees.
The trades kept the Boston media busy all day, as they hustled to keep up and to provide analysis of what the Red Sox were doing and to what end. All in all, I have to say they did pretty well with it.
What the heck just happened? Red Sox trade deadline day first thoughts – Speier has a look at the events of the day and what they mean.
Cherington begins second roster overhaul – Sean McAdam looks at the process which began yesterday.
Pain of losing Lester cuts deep – Gordon Edes says that Lester is a huge loss, one that can’t be overcome with the extra hitting the Sox acquired.
Jon Lester deserved better from Red Sox – Steve Buckley isn’t happy.
How the Red Sox’ trade frenzy came about – Peter Abraham has a good look at how the day unfolded.
With the Red Sox making a trade with the Yankees, I expected a 1970′s baseball reference from Dan Shaughnessy today, but I was expecting Sparky Lyle, not Charles Finley and the A’s fire sale in 1976.
ESPN to broadcast Sunday game from Green Monster – Chad Finn’s media column has Sunday night’s game against Stephen Drew’s Yankees being broadcast from a unique perspective.
There’s plenty happening at Patriots camp, as the defense has been the story early on. Check all the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.