Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Trade of the Day: 1/1/13

As I promised yesterday, I have another Red Sox trade to propose as we turn the calendar into 2013.

BOS receives 1B/OF Mike Carp, P Anthony Fernandez, P Charlie Furbush, and OF Eric Thames
SEA receives C Dan Butler, C Ryan Lavarnway, and P Franklin Morales

Once again, I'll review this deal from Boston's side first. Unless this crazy Bobby Abreu rumor transpires, then Carp would serve as a left-handed complement to both Mike Napoli at first and Jonny Gomes in left field. He's still pre-arbitration and has power. Fernandez is similar to Stolmy Pimentel as a pitching prospect, but in this case he has all his options left, rather than just one. Furbush replaces the quasi-traded Andrew Miller and Morales alongside Craig Breslow as lefthanders in the bullpen, and he too is pre-arbitration for one more year. Thames gives the team more outfield depth and an intriguing potential bench bat. They do give up assets, though, yet ones that are rumored to be on the market.
Seattle has made it known they're in the market for a defensive catcher, and though Lavarnway doesn't fit that bill, Butler does. Lavarnway is a Jesus Montero-like bat that probably can't stay behind the plate his whole career. But this year he can, and would be a great complement to John Jaso. Morales replaces Furbush in Seattle's pen, with Oliver Perez and Lucas Luetge (who is now "optionable"...if that's a word). Morales could also be a starting option for the rotation.