The Red Sox traded away Anthony Ranaudo last week and it left me a bit puzzled. I thought Ranaudo had a chance to be a significant piece in the Red Sox rotation for years to come. I also knew he could end up being a nice trade piece this July to acquire an ace. Neither of those things will happen.
The Red Sox ended up trading him for a 25 year old spot starter/reliever by the name of Robbie Ross of the Texas Rangers. On the surface it felt like the Sox had been taken. While Ross's numbers were awful last year, his numbers when he was in the bullpen were very good. He is left handed and could be the Sox replacement for Andrew Miller.
Still, a potential quality arm in the rotation for a left handed middle reliever? Not good, but that depends on how you view Ranaudo. Keith Law is not necessarily sold on Ranaudo. Law was asked in his chat this week about Ranaudo's chances of sticking as a starter and he answered "little to no shot". If this is true, the Sox traded a right handed reliever for a left handed reliever who had a 2.62 ERA out of the pen in 123 games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Ranaudo is expected to compete the for a spot in the rotation for the Rangers this year. He is ranked the 9th best prospect in the Rangers organization by Keith Law which is rated as the 11th best minor league system.