[T]he Red Sox were close to completing a three-way deal last night with the Colorado Rockies and the Baltimore Orioles that would land them left-handed-hitting outfielder Larry Bigbie from the Orioles.This would be a bad deal, not because of the players lost, but because of the low return. I'm not crazy about either Shoppach (who is the Sox top catching prospect, but clearly won't get a shot in Boston) or Stern (who was kept on the roster at the expense of Chip Ambres, now in Kansas City), but Larry Bigbie?
The Orioles last night sent Bigbie to Colorado in exchange for Eric Byrnes -- obtained only weeks ago from Oakland. The Rockies were then poised to flip Bigbie to the Red Sox for Pawtucket catcher Kelly Shoppach and Rule V outfield pick Adam Stern.
He can play all three outfield positions and would get a few opposite field hits off the Wall, but he's also has posted a 97 OPS+ in his four seasons. With Gabe Kapler set to join the team today, no thanks on this deal.