There is another option here folks.
If both Foulke and Papelbon continue to pitch well, and if Hansen is ready to come up this year to join the bullpen, couldn't the Red Sox deal Foulke to a contending team that needs a closer for a starting pitcher to fill that hole? That wouldn't be even half as shocking as the original Nomar trade was.
That's why this situation is so interesting. The Sox have options, needs, and flexibility, with short term and long term ramifications. And Epstein is very creative and not afraid to do things differently.
BTW, I have to revise my earlier statement that Foulke was the third best reliever on the Red Sox at the moment. After looking at the stats more it's clear that he's pitching much better than Timlin. His WHIP is half of Timlin's, and the K/BB ratio is 10:2 rather than Timlin's 4:4. Timlin's ERA is lower at the moment, but he's been letting inherited runners score at will for two years now, and Foulke has had a few bad breaks like Peña fumbling a ball for a HR.
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