Don't like the Hardy/Gomez trade?

Then don't read this:

Barring a major surprise, the Blue Jays' signing of free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez leaves the Red Sox with virtually no choice but to sign Marco Scutaro.

No quality shortstops are known to be available in trade, and the free-agent market is thin on quality defenders at the position.

Originally, the Red Sox balked at our request for young, top-of-the-line pitching. However, when your only choice is to sign an inferior, Type A free agent, maybe you're a little more amenable to the Brewers' offer of J.J. Hardy.

At the very least, it sure looks like we didn't help ourselves by trading Hardy so quickly.