Sox get probably the best OF that was still available via trade or free agency. His #'s are comparable to Damon's and should spike not becuase of his move to Boston, but his age. He has yet to hit his prime.
Ron Shandler notes
A Rising PX rate plus rising FB rate should mean 20 home runs in 2006
Now we all know those days are over for Damon. So this is an upgrade for the Sox.
Indians fill a major whole with the acquisition of Mota. Now you can cite is 4.70 ERA and say he is done, but look at his #'s after fully recovering from the injury.
Marte has a lot of executives intrigued. That is why people say he is a top 5 in all of baseball prospect. There is extensive concern he will need major surgery and that may be the cause of his .220 BA in the Arizona Fall League.
There are questions on both sides, but both sides got better because they dealt parts they could both live without.