Julio Lugo: What Took So Long?

sucking soundThere are some players that teams just seem to hang on to for no good reason, for far too long. Julio Lugo was that guy for the Boston Red Sox.

But a day after falling out of first place in the American League East, the team finally got rid of him and added a little depth to their roster. Lugo, who signed a free agent contract worth $36 million for four-years before the 2007 season, was designated for assignment Friday, but is still owed $13 million through next season.

Live and learn.

Boston swapped the worthless shortstop along with a bunch of cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Chris Duncan. This move came just after they traded two minor leaguers (shortstop Argenis Diaz and right-hander Hunter Strickland) to the Pittsburgh Pirates for first baseman Adam LaRoche, who will split time with the oft-injured Mike Lowell.

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