The Red Sox were expected to acquire a corner infielder with a decent bat, and here he is in the form of Adam Laroche.
I like this trade for both sides.
The Red Sox acquire a bat to occupy first base, while Kevin Youkilis shifts to third base, replacing Mike Lowell who will be out for an extended period of time with a hip injury. Laroche has a history of hitting poorly in the first half and well in the second half. According to the latest Elias Free Agent Rankings, reverse engineered by Eddie Bajek for MLBTradeRumors, Laroche is on the edge of being a Type B free agent, meaning he would net the Red Sox a supplemental draft pick if offered arbitration after the season.
The Pirates managed to trade a player who is not part of their rebuilding efforts, (Notice the key word “efforts”). I like this trade for the Pirates, because they finally traded an expendable player, instead of a cornerstone like Nate McLouth. Even though Argenis Diaz and Hunter Strickland have a sound chance of never reaching the majors, Pittsburgh might finally be headed in the right direction. (Probably not, though).
I’ll post later with anaysis of the Chris Duncan/Julio Lugo trade.