More from Mr. Will Carroll (subscription req'd):
Julio Lugo? I'm not quite sure. There are positives to trading for Lugo, though. One, he'd be better defensively if he played second base instead of shortstop. Second, he brings more power to the lineup than Mark Loretta. Third, he's quite fast (18 SB, 4 CS), so that'd give us another dimension. Fourth, he's a free agent, so if we let him walk we'd get a draft pick or two.
But I wouldn't make the deal because the D-Rays would want prospects. That means they're probably aiming for either Jon Lester, Craig Hansen, or Manny Delcarmen for arms. We wouldn't be able to get Lugo unless we lose one of our top 10 prospects -- at least one.
I'd prefer calling up Dustin Pedroia to play second every day. He's proven he can hit at the AAA level, so the next challenge is the big leagues. We're young in the bullpen, why not be young in the infield? Pedroia's defense may even be better than Loretta's.