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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Chip, Alan, and Tony

The Red Sox traded arguably their best overall player, and certainly their best outfielder, at Pawtucket this season - Chip Ambres. Chip was at or near the top of the IL in many categories, has speed, and is a good glove. He will be missed - I hope he does well in KC. I would have preferred him to Adam Hydzu as the fourth outfielder in Fenway, but Theo thinks otherwise and his vote counts more than mine. I have seen a lot of Hydzu at Pawtucket; he is a good, solid player and has potential.
Alan Embree: Good Luck and Thanks to Alan......it was obvious that he could not be given the ball in a crucial lefty situation this season, unlike last year, that made him expendable. He was there for us in the post season last year, and for that we are grateful.
Tony Graffanino: Mark Bellhorn is hitting .216 with 7 HRs and 28 RBI in 85 games. Graffanino, is hitting .298 with 3 homers and 18 RBIs in 59 games. I feel better about Graffanino at 2B than Cora, but still think the Sox should have given a shot to versatile and speedy PawSox IF Machado.

Net: Better IF and OF depth, and thinning out the weeds in the Bullpen. Thanks Theo......getting everything ready for the stretch run.

Next: Paging Kevin Millar and John Halama........you have a call from the Front Office.....and Wade Miller report to the bullpen, for middle relief please.