Originally Posted by blandman
Small is the key word here. With their age and contract situations (basically two month rentals), we'd be LUCKY to get a B level prospect. More likely, we'd just dump their salary for a guy we'll release at the end of the year.
I disagree. Some posters have suggested that the Red Sox and Tigers would have interest in Crain. A number of National League teams, such as the Cardinals and Reds, will too. Crain might be the best short reliever on the market, particularly for a team like St. Louis that doesn't want to replace their closer but wants instead to bolster the back end of the bullpen.
Thornton has some value for certain teams, as well. Take Atlanta, for example. The Braves have lost their two lefties in the bullpen, Venters and O'Flaherty, to serious injuries. They need a lefty reliever badly. Thornton may not be what he was a couple of years ago but he would help them.
If Rick Hahn does this right, the Sox should be able to bring a lot of young talent back within the next two months.