Powers lurking in trade market
A rival executive spoke with admiration the other day about Boston general manager Theo Epstein, about how creative he tends to be this time of year, about how he seems to be able to juggle a bunch of trade ideas and trade talks. That's how he made the Nomar Garciaparra blockbuster, and the Manny Ramirez deal.
So far, all we hear about the Red Sox -- and the other two current financial powers, the Yankees and Phillies -- is that they are talking. And talking. And talking. And kicking around ideas.
The biggest name of the trade summer, Carlos Beltran, has come off the board, but do not assume that more big names aren't going to follow. The Red Sox are talking, and looking for pitching. The Phillies are talking, and have a clear need for a right-handed hitter.
The Yankees are talking, and they appear to be the current front-runners for Hiroki Kuroda -- and are positioned well to add one major bat, because they could theoretically look for an upgrade at designated hitter.
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