Monday, March 20, 2006

Goodbye Brandon Arroyo

The Red Sox traded wiry righty Bronson Arroyo for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Wily Mo Pena, and dorm-bound women all across eastern Massachusetts are wondering who will sing them sweet lullabies.

For the Sox, the deal signals they will tough it out with David Wells this season. It also portends well for seeing Jon Papelbon (German, not French, by the way) in the starting rotation. It does not portend well for seeing friend-of-Manny Enrique Wilson make the squad.

What about Wily? He has a lot of upside. He's 23, which means he comes cheap and his best years are ahead of him. If he played a full season, he might hit 30 homers, at least according to my friends at RotoChamps.

And, working in concert with Coco Crisp, he gives the Red Sox one of the most dynamically named outfields in the game.



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