Transaction Analysis

Red Sox trade for Chris Stynes

This is another Band-Aid move by the Red Sox, attempting to cover up the fact that the offense needs major surgery.  Sure, Stynes hit .334 last season and he provides insurance in case John Valentin can't be a major contributor in 2001, but to give up two solid young players in speedster Donnie Sadler and injury-prone Michael Coleman for an arbitration-eligible utility man coming off of a career year when your payroll is already bursting at the seams seems a little iffy.  Stynes will help the Sox, no doubt, and he prevents the even bigger mistake of overpaying for a Russ Davis or a Ken Caminiti from being made, but if either Coleman or Sadler reaches their potential, which is a near certainty in Cincinnati, this move is questionable at best.

Triple Steal Rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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