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I was pleased with the signing of former Twin Boof Bonser the other day. To me he seems like an improvement over Wakefield; age-wise anyway. It looks he's gonna be a long man in the annual revamped 'pen. Whatever.

I say whatever because yesterday's signing of former Angel ace John Lackey makes the Bonser signing completely irrelevant. Despite stating the season on the DL for his former team the last two years, he still brought it for them being up near the top of their rotation. Depending on Dice-K' Matzusaka's new conditioning program goes, they'll fight each other for third which is awesome. What I don't like is this makes Clay Buccholtz trade-bait. Trade Wakefield and/or Bonser for the final bat.

Jason Bay demanding a fifth year, or at least his agent, does not impress me much. Pedro pulled the same crap when he left for the Mets. Pedro wasn't worth a longer contract then and Bay isn't now. If I was negotiating I'd give him 4 years as well but include an option. I'm pretty sure that would be turned down as well. Veteran Mike Cameron will fill the bill just fine. He brings improved defense and his offense isn't that much worse than Bay despite complaints to the contrary. Since both he and Ellsbury are primarily centerfielders who have experience in left, I'm sure that'll be straightened out in spring training.

Mike Lowell is a great guy and player. He was a tack-on to the Beckett deal but became so much more than that. The idea of him and David Ortiz splitting time at DH was an intriguing one but he brings with him too many question marks on defense. I don't know what the current market on either first or third basemen is right now but with Kevin Youklis and Casey Kotchman available to them already, only serious offers need apply.

OK, Marco Scutaro isn't Alex Gonzales defensively but then, looking at the complete package, he isn't Julio Lugo either. He'll be more than fine. Jed Lowrie may get it together and become the shortstop we want him to be but I worry that time is farther off than originally thought. Heck, I think we should be prepared for it to never come.

It's not even Christmas so I'm sure Theo and his crew have one more trick up their sleeve and I can't wait!


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