To paraphrase the discussion on the NEET, Bronson Arroyo takes a hometown discount and gives up millions to stay here--and is more than cooperative with going to the bullpen to help the team out--and the thanks he gets is to be shipped to a crap team in a crap town? Meanwhile David Wells pisses and moans, demands a trade and then takes it back, calls Francona an idiot in the press, is 54 goddamn years old with a bad back and bad knees, and he sits pretty in the rotation?
Of course, the counter-argument is that with all that working against Wells, no team in their right mind would want him in trade. Call it the Manny factor. And the fact that Pena is rumored to be a lefty-killer is a nice addition, making it obvious why he'd be a good OF bench guy to back up Nixon on days, say, Randy Johnson is pitching. And it is, as they say, just business.
But on a human level...it's awful. My heart goes out to Bronson, one of The Twenty-Five, a hometown guy who gave it all to Boston. I'll miss him, and I think he got a raw deal.