redstorm41 wrote:The reason why Torres failed to keep on the closer's role for Pittsburgh was because of his inconsistency. If the Red Sox want a good consistent reliever, Torres is not the way to go. What has surprised me is that if Boston wanted to go for a quality reliever that the name Akinori Otsuka's name hasn't popped up. I've heard it for Colorado and Milwaukee but not for Boston. He is the most consistent reliever on the market that can fit in right away for the Sox. It is not a bad market for relievers, so they should not have to settle for an aging mediocre reliever.
The winner in the deal would of course be the Pirates. Pena has a ton of power and can take advantage of playing in PNC Park. The sky is the ceiling for him and can do a lot of damage in the middle of a lackluster Pittsburgh offense. The definite plus is that he can help ease the burden off of Jason Bay. With Pena protecting him in the lineup, Bay's numbers can only improve. In a fantasy league, you'll see a good bit of activity to pick him up.
Again, only Pittsburgh can benefit from this deal. They could use it.
Just before the Allstar break there was rumor that the Red Sox were interested in both Gagne and Otsuka. I think Otsuka's value has gone down considerably since his injury. He probably won't get traded, cause the Rangers won't be able to get enough for him... and he won't be pitching by the trade deadline either.