Welcome to the Red Sox, Clayton Mortensen

OK, show of hands, Red Sox fans.
How many of you heard of Clayton Mortensen before today?

I can’t raise my hand. He’s 27 years old and has been bounced around a few times.

He had a 9.42 ERA in 64 innings last year… in AAA.
That’s disconcerting.
But he pitched OK for the Rockies in 16 games.

And he was a decent enough prospect in the A’s and Cardinals system that maybe he can be a decent arm out of the pen.

I for one am sad to see Marco Scutaro go. I liked him. He played hard and played anywhere on the infield. Plus it is fun to hear Boston fans say “MAH-co.”

In fact because this trade happened on the Eve of the Patriots/Ravens game, I am guessing that most Sox fans missed this trade… and come spring training when Jose Iglesias is struggling, a bunch of Sox fans will say “Wheh is MAH-co?”

And when informed that he is with the Rockies in exchange for Clayton Mortensen, the general response will be “WHO?”

And then there will be a frantic Google Search that will lead you all to this page.

Good luck, Clayton. You need a nickname.
Pitch well and we’ll forget MAH-Co.

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A’s trade Matt Holliday for Fat Guy

Seriously. I know Brett Wallace is a coveted prospect. And I know that playing in the American League means he can slide into the DH role.
But the guy is 22 years old. He won’t be 23 until August 26th.
Should he REALLY have the ole Steve Balboni build?
It’s one thing when Matt Stairs physique when you are 16 year veteran over 40 years old and hanging on as a left handed pinch hitter.
This guy Wallace is going to be supposedly one of young corner stones of the offense. The scouting report says he may have to move from third base.
Really? How about he has to move from the all you can eat buffet at Sizzler?
Look this can be a good deal for Oakland if he turns into a solid slugger and doesn’t have Albert Pujols blocking his way. And who knows, maybe the other two players (Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson) can contribute and this will be a much better haul than letting Holliday skedaddle for the draft picks.
I just think Wallace needs to meet a little fellow named “Dr. Atkins.”

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