It's a official.
The Red Sox media relations team is at the top of its game again as they officially announced the trade of Coco Crisp to the Kansas City Royals for right hander Ramon Ramirez earlier today.
Since acquiring Crisp for Andy Marte during the 2005-2006 off-season, the Sox former centerfielder has not lived up to the expectations of a lead-off hitter. Along with that, when Jacoby Ellsbury emerged on the season in 2007 and dazzled the Red Sox fans and management with his play at the plate and in the field, it became quite obvious Crisp was the odd man out. He platooned most of the 2008 with Ellsbury and took over the starting position in Game Five of the ALCS, when Ellsbury struggled throughout the playoffs but the position belonged to Ellsbury.
We wish Coco all the luck in Kansas City as the Red Sox welcome 27-year-old right hander Ramon Ramirez to the Hub of the Universe. Ramirez comes to the Sox after spending two seasons with the Colorado Rockies and one with the Royals. In his two years with the Rockies, 2006-2007), he had 6-5 record, a 4.45 ERA with 76 strike outs and 33 walks in 85 innings of work. Last season in Kansas City, Ramirez was 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA, 70 strike outs, 31 walks and one save in five chances in 71 games.
-- Boston Sports SID