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Bleacher Report: Analyzing Boston's trades
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2007 - .312, 8 HR, 37 RBI
2008 - .304, 14 HR, 42 RBI The problem for owners who've had him stashed, waiting for him to catch fire, is he's now going to be a part-time player. With Lowell, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz already in place, he's only going to see sparse ABs to give one of those players a random day off. Unless Lowell is forced to miss a considerable amount of time, I don't see LaRoche getting the opportunity to make a significant impact in the second half. If you have a deep bench then sure, keep him stashed away. If you don't, I wouldn't hesitate to cut him at this point. Trade #2: Red Sox traded Julio Lugo to Cardinals for Chris Duncan and a player to be named later or cash The fact that the Red Sox got anything of substance for Lugo amazes me. He was hitting .284 with 1 HR, 8 RBI, 16 R and 3 SB in 109 AB. He's likely to be used in a utility role, possibly seeing time at 2B, SS and OF. Could the Cardinals catch lightning in a bottle and see him force his way into the lineup on a daily basis? It wouldn't completely shock me, but it's a long shot at best. Those in NL-only leagues should definitely keep an eye on him, just in case. For everyone else, I wouldn't even bother at this point. Duncan's been terrible for St. Louis, hitting just .227 with fve HR in 260 AB. For someone said to have a lot of power, he hasn't shown it the past two seasons. I know he was hurt last year, but still. He's a spare part for the Red Sox and is unlikely to have any fantasy value whatsoever. What do you think of the Red Sox two trades? Which player gets the biggest fantasy boost? Whose value is hurt most? This article was originally published on Rotoprofessor.com.