Over the weekend, the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians reached an agreement that would send 26-year-old outfielder Crisp, and possibly a minor leaguer, to the Sox in exchange for top third base prospect Andy Marte and relief pitcher Guillermo Mota. The deal was contingent upon the Indians completing a trade for an outfielder to replace Crisp, which was accomplished when they apparently settled on sending reliever Arthur Rhodes, or even Mota, to Philadelphia for Jason Michaels.Chris Snow, Globe:
The Red Sox, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, have reached agreement in principle with the Indians on a complex six-player deal centered upon 26-year-old Coco Crisp that also will bring to town a quality setup man in 28-year-old David Riske and young catcher Josh Bard. Boston will ship top prospect Andy Marte, reliever Guillermo Mota, and catcher Kelly Shoppach to Cleveland.(Kudos to Snow for also mentioning The Hardball Times, which named Crisp "best defensive left fielder".)
What makes no sense to me is the idea that Cleveland (who tried to trade for Marte last year) would turn around and send Mota to Philadelphia for Jason Michaels. (Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports believes Cleveland will send Arthur Rhodes to the Phillies for Michaels.)
This could just be the Cleveland press reporting silly things, but if Snow's scenario is true, why wouldn't Boston simply trade Mota for Michaels? Is the talent difference between Crisp and Michaels worth Marte? Unlikely. Boston couldn't plug the hole in center by offering one of their starters (Arroyo or Wells), and now they're forced to lose Marte.
Eric Wilbur notes that "While a few Red Sox fans are criticizing the potential deal [as reported by Snow] ... even more Indians fans are doing the same."
Meanwhile, Crisp is working out and "[doing] whatever my wife wants me to do."