OK, we hear it is almost final, but what is final? As I reported earlier, we've heard the standard Andy Marte, Guillermo Mota, Kelly Shoppach for Crisp, David Riske, and Josh Bard trade. But then I've also read at the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Riske won't be involved, and that they also are looking at snatching Manny Delcarmen.
What's the verdict?
The only locks to be involved in this trade seem to be Crisp, Marte, and Mota. I think that's enough to get the deal done, but adding Delcarmen or Shoppach is just ridiculous. And, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, we'd get "two players from the low minors."
So, basically, Manny D. for two low-level minor leaguers? Where's the sanity? Delcarmen hucks the ball at 95 and has a nasty curveball. So that deserves Jim and Jack Nevah-Gonna-Make-Ittothe-Bigleegs? To me, it looks like we're getting majorly screwed if this trade goes down like the CPD says it will.
And Riske? He may have lost a step last season, according to Marc Normandin from Beyond the Box Score:
Marc also notes Fenway's park effects, also adding to Riske's struggle that he may see in Boston.
What are we getting? Who knows. We may not know until next week, either.