Hey guys, as you can see from the title, I'm a Red Sox fan. Earlier today the Sox and Astros swapped Mark Melancon for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland. I don't know very much about Melancon. His stats look pretty good, but I'd like to know if you guys could supply me with any more information. Can he close? When you were watching him this past year, did he show good poise? How and what are his pitches? While I'm here, I'll give you guys some quick information about Lowrie and Weiland. Weiland should not be used as a starter, he was generally good for an inning or two before exploding. Lowrie is extremely hot and cold, when he's hot, he's great. However, when he's cold he's awful. His defense isn't so great. As everyone knows, he's always injured, and generally for quite a while. I run a blog about the Sox right here, so extra information is always nice. Unless one of you could convince me otherwise, I think this was a pretty even trade. Better luck next year!