Looks like last Monday’s column on bold Red Sox trades ruffled some feathers.

But, after reading the responses that reared their idiotic heads on the RemDawg message board, I realized that Boston fans simply don’t like to win now. They truly are representative of broadcaster Jerry Remy, as they all like to spew. Thing is, Remy is really the only one with any knowledge.

Also, it’s easy to ream on a writer like myself if you don’t attach your name to your posts, hiding behind a screen name.

Here is a comment from Santsman: “My first thought reading these trades is that this guy calls EEI all the time with these stupid trades. Then I read where he is a sports writer, it made me more baffled. To trade any of the decent prospects for (Carlos) Zambrano, (Jim) Edmonds or (Mark) Tex (Teixeira) would be foolish as they are all free to walk next year. While we’re at it why don’t we send (Jon) Lester, (Clay) Buchholz, (Manny) Delcarmen, (Jacoby) Ellsbury and (Jonathan) Papelbon to the Yankees for A-Rod, (Jason) Giambi and (Roger) Clemens. This guy is a total dope.”

Wow. That was enlightening. Let’s see, Zambrano is 26 years old, just carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the National League’s best team in the Padres, but, of course, he isn’t worth a prospect that has proven nothing in the big leagues. And Zambrano’s zany attitude would be perfect for Boston.

Oh, and I guess you are pretty happy with Coco Crisp’s .230 average and 13 stolen bases? Edmonds is 37 years old. I understand that. But, he is just as good defensively and will provide left-handed power in front of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. Crisp is the type of player that you hide in a lineup instead of show off. And, Tex (as he called him) is 27, hitting .302 with 12 home runs this year. Yes, he is on the disabled list, but it isn’t season threatening. Meanwhile, Sox fans don’t want to give up on a 33-year-old third baseman in Mike Lowell? Teixeira is also a two-time Gold Glove winner at first base and would allow Kevin Youkilis to move back to third base, where he belongs. Teixeira would be in Boston for 2007 and 2008 before his contract is up, giving the Sox the opportunity to ink him to a long-term deal.

Another comment, from Bohoosh: “The Sox have the best record in baseball and this guy think (GM) Theo (Epstein) should retool most of the team by moving most of the top prospects? Then he suggests trading a draft pick in ‘must move #3’ which you can’t do anyway so right there he Nick Masuda shows he has no credibility and no idea what he’s talking about.”

Bohoosh, you make one good point: You can’t trade draft picks. What I should have said was to trade for “future considerations.” Bad wording on my part. But, that is where your common sense runs out. The Sox do have the best winning percentage in baseball, but have seen their 14.5-game lead over the Yankees slip to 8.5 games in a mere 10 days. To rest on their laurels and let the season play out would be downright dumb. The Red Sox, in their current form, simply aren’t a playoff team, in my estimation. Many championship teams are measured by their strength up the middle of the diamond, and Crisp, Julio Lugo and Dustin Pedroia just don’t have what it takes. Edmonds would be an improvement, and the Sox should look to pick up a new shortstop, maybe displaced shortstop Cesar Izturis from the Cubs? Maybe a packaged deal of Zambrano, Izturis (who could lead off) and Jacque Jones for Wily Mo Pena, Jon Lester, Buchholz and Lugo (who played with Cubs manager Lou Piniella in Tampa Bay)? Jones, as a left-handed pinch-hitter and spot starter, would be more valuable than Pena for the matchups with the Yankees pitching staff (right-handers Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens, Tyler Clippard and Chien-Ming Wang).

The last comment comes from marcgoldman: “Is Nick Masuda a WNBA sportswriter? He clearly doesn’t have a clue about MLB . . . The RS (Red Sox) issues aren’t solved by these trades. A far less splashy move might add another set up guy to the bullpen, once the (Red Sox) realize that Mike Timlin’s last good year was 2004. Lugo is a major concern but he has to play his way out of being a hideous .220 hitter. If Lugo and Drew hit, Crisp isn’t such a big issue. The starting pitching is more than adequate. If you ever end up in a fantasy league with Masuda, get fat on him, he hasn’t a clue about baseball personnel moves . . .”

First, covering the WNBA isn’t a negative. Until you get on the court and see how good those women are, keep your pipe shut. Secondly, Timlin is a disaster and should be replaced by Scott Linebrink. The Padres have too many arms in the bullpen and really could use a bat. Lowell could be an option, but then the Sox definitely need to land Teixeira. Or maybe it is time to look at a three-way deal with a team looking to rebuild with young arms. Lastly, there are too many “ifs” in your scenario, “if Lugo and Drew hit” is a big “if.” And starting pitching is “adequate?” That’s not good enough to win a pennant. And, I do run a public fantasy baseball league, and you will be first on the list to get an invite next season.

And, to eekman63, zimmerrolls and heyelvis97, just thank your underwear that I can’t keep writing.

But, thanks for the fodder. And, mark my words, if Theo Epstein doesn’t mortgage some of the future, the present will lead to a seat on the couch come October. The Yankees won’t hesitate to make improvements.

Then again, that’s why the Sox have always been the wicked stepchild. Right?


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