To hear the Great Mazzinga talk, Coco Crisp and Alex Gonzalez are Fenway-bound. The price? Guillermo Mota and Andy Marte.
While Crisp batted second (behind Sizemore) for the majority of time last season, he will replace Damon atop the Red Sox batting order. Crisp has a .271 average as a leadoff hitter over the last three seasons, but he is just now reaching the prime years of his career.
For the Sox as a whole, the deals for Crisp and Gonzalez, as well as the role for the returning Epstein, all are expected to be announced within the coming days. The moves will fill the remaining major holes in the club and essentially will conclude what has been a winter of change and upheaval.