Ken Rosenthal Threw Some Shit at a Wall, Got a Little on His Bow Tie

Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 7.57.39 AMThis is the calm before the storm. 24 hours from now, a trail of scorched earth motherfucker might line the path to and fro the Phillies’ dugout. Anyone can be traded. Cliff Lee is the flavor of the hour, and bow tie man himself, little baby Ken Rosenthal, says the Red Sox should trade their top prospect, Xander Bogaerts, for him:

The Sox boast the sixth-best farm system in the majors, according to Baseball America. They’re in a dogfight with the Rays and Orioles in the AL East. Lee, 34, could prove the difference in that race, and potentially in the postseason as well.

Because, according to sources, the Red Sox are the team most active in discussions with the Phillies heading toward the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Of course such a trade would be painful for Boston; Bogaerts, 20, indeed looks like the real thing. The Sox, in fact, regard him perhaps even more highly than they did Ramirez in Nov. 2005. Ramirez, even in his youth, sparked makeup questions. Bogaerts, a native of Aruba, speaks four languages, “lights up a room,” according to Farrell.

The kid is wonderful. The kids are always wonderful. But winning a World Series is wonderful, too – yes, even more wonderful than rising to the top of Baseball America’s organizational talent rankings.

The Sox won’t do it. They should.

Yep. He wrote an entire column based on something he doesn’t think will happen. Welcome to the world of forced content thanks to corporate overlords who demand advertising revenue, a model perfected by CSN.

Rosenthal’s opinion is in direct contrast with what Mike Salk of WEEI (Boston) thinks. He said the Red Sox should call up Bogaerts:

That said, the Sox need an offensive spark, and Bogaerts could provide it.

At age 20, Bogaerts is ahead of the curve. According to Baseball America, he was the top prospect in the organization coming into the season, and he’s done nothing to dishonor that distinction. After crushing Double-A pitching at Portland (to the tune of a .909 OPS with six home runs in 56 games), he has torn up Triple-A well. He’s hit eight home runs for the PawSox in just 40 games, while getting on base at a .377 clip.

“He has a short swing that can handle fastballs inside,” explained a clearly impressed Ryan Rowland-Smith, his Pawtucket teammate who has spent parts of four seasons pitching in the majors. “Most good major league hitters can hit that inside heater, whereas the majority of Triple-A guys get jammed or roll over on it. Bogaerts stays inside that pitch and can hammer it.”

I just came reading Bogaerts’ AA OPS. I don’t think the Phillies should trade Lee if they believe they have any chance of competing between now and 2015 (which is totally possible). But getting a top-flight – near can’t miss – prospect like Bogaerts (can we call him HUMPHREY?!)  should be the only reason they’d even consider it.

For what it’s worth, Charlie Manuel told 94 WIP today: “I think [Lee’s] here [at 4 tomorrow].”

UPDATE: As Rosenthal said, the Red Sox appear unwilling to trade Bogaerts. From John Tomase of the Boston Herald:

The odds of Cliff Lee joining the Red Sox remain remote, but the viability of any potential deal has come down to this – whether the Phillies or Red Sox will blink over Xander Bogaerts.

Industry sources familiar with the thinking of both teams make it clear that even if it’s a longshot, there’s theoretically a deal to be made that will bring the All-Star left-hander to Boston, but it will require concessions on both sides that are currently proving too much of an impediment.

P p p p p oker face.



  1. Agreed, Xander is the only minor league guy I would trade Clifton and his big hands for right now.

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    • Kyle Scott

      July 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

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  4. Crucify Wheels

    July 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I’d have no problem trading Cliff for a bonafide 20 year old blue chipper and a few lesser prospects. Cliff is great right now but who knows about next year? He’s about to be 35… All I know for certain right now is we are old and getting older. Why exactly are we looking like contenders over the next two years? Because our division sucks donkey balls or because we look like a WS team? Clifton is the goddamned man but fuck yes trade him for that kid and some more of Boston’s best young talent if it’s an option. That being said it won’t happen.

  5. What’s up with Middlebrooks, could we get him out of the deal?

    • ThePhillyFlash

      July 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I was wondering about that myself. It seems Middlebrooks has fallen out of favor with the Red Sox for one reason or another. Just the player that could be pried out of Boston in the right deal.

  6. I want no parts of Middlebrooks

  7. Wheel of Misfortune

    July 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Trade Lee for 3 prospects. In 2 years, we’ll be in the hunt and in July we can trade 6 prospects to get him back.

  8. Bogaerts, Brandon Workman, 2 B-level prospects (preferably a reliever or 2 in there) and I think this trade looks good. But Lee is also one of the best pitchers in the game so if they keep him then i would be fine with that too. The price is rightfully high for him.

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