It is now official. The Sox have acquired speedy outfielder Juan Pierre from the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers (rumored to be John Ely and Jon Link). The Sox will only be paying about half of the $18 million owed to Pierre over the next two seasons.
So the search for a leadoff man is over as the choice is Pierre over the likes of Scott Podsednik, Coco Crisp and Brett Gardner. The latest Sox addition, 32, hit .308, had a .365 on-base percentage with 30 stolen bases in 425 plate appearances last season.
The Sox certainly have a decidedly different–and much more speed-oriented and versatile–roster for 2010. More moves might be on the horizon with a DH perhaps in the offing, but with Pierre, Mark Teahen, Omar Vizquel, Andrew Jones and J.J. Putz added to recent additions Alex Rios and Jake Peavy, I already see us as the favorites in the A.L Central.