Friday, January 27, 2006
"Crisp, who will suceed Johnny Damon in center field and atop the lineup, 29-year-old righthander David Riske, and 27-year-old switch-hitting catcher Josh Bard are coming to Boston. The Sox' top prospect, 22-year-old Andy Marte, is headed to Cleveland, along with Mota, 25-year-old catcher Kelly Shoppach, cash considerations, and a player to be named or further cash considerations.
It was not known how much money the Sox would be sending to Cleveland, but this deal required commissioner Bud Selig's approval, and, as a rule, Selig must approve any transaction that involves more than $1 million. ."
Thankfully this prolonged negotiation is concluded with the Sox getting what they wanted. The small market Indians squeezed some cash out of the Sox by moaning about Mota. It will be interesting to see if he holds up all season; The quality of the player to be named likely depends upon how Guillermo's arm fares in 2006.
-Red Sox Hot Stove Trade Rumor Hub