David Wells is tonight's scheduled starter, but he may be traded by game time.
The Sox would love one of the Dodgers' top three prospects -- outfielder Matt Kemp, third baseman Andy LaRoche, or first baseman James Loney -- but the Dodgers aren't biting. So Wells may return to San Diego for catcher George Kottaras, who began this year ranked as the Padres' #2 prospect by Baseball America.
Lenny DiNardo was scratched from his Pawtucket start last night and would likely get the ball if Wells is dealt. ... The San Diego Tribune reports that the Padres have reached an agreement with Rudy Seanez.
Mike Lowell on the team dealing Wells: "Would I understand it? Yeah, I'd understand it from the front office standpoint, depending on what we're getting. I don't want to get a dozen bats. We're more than a David Wells away right now."
The Red Sox return to Fenway tonight for a 10-game homestand. The reception? Francona: "They'll be welcoming us with open arms." ... Youkilis, after being told that fans, while frustrated, would likely understand the reasons for the team's poor showing: "Are you dealing with rational people? I don't know, they're Red Sox fans."
Tony Massarotti, Herald (my emphasis):
What is happening to the Red Sox now simply defies logic, probability and all measures of fairness and decency ... From top to bottom, the Red Sox have received more than their share of criticism this year for a season gone wrong. But now, with more than a month left in the schedule, the Sox are having any reasonable chance at success (or even competitiveness) stripped away from them through no fault of their own.Look at that -- the team's craptastic August is not being blamed on the moral failings of any player(s) or lack of hustle or desire any crap like that. At least not "now". How bad did things have to get for that to be the case? As of yesterday, the Sox are playing without their:
starting left fielder (and MVP candidate)
starting center fielder
starting right fielder
backup right fielder
designated hitter (and MVP candidate)