Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Costly But Excellent Christmas Present For One Baseball Team...Boston? Maybe??

Hello and good morning on this icy Wednesday in north central Connecticut. On to baseball, no time for a weather report right now. But snow, a lot of it, is in our near future. I was reading ESPN dot com, the Boston Herald and Globe, the Providence Journal and the Hartford Courant. That's just my normal pre-post routine. In the Herald, John Henry was asked if his club, the Boston Red Sox, would offer Mark Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras, a TEN year deal. Henry was burned and scalded by that ass, Manny Ramirez, who had an eight year multi-million dollar deal with a two year option. We all know what happened...Manny is history now, an eternal bum because of the way he acted. But here's Henry's answer...the question is if the club would rule out offering ANYONE a guaranteed deal longer than any other player in Red Sox franchise history. Here you go...

“Yes,” Henry responded in an e-mail. “The Red Sox effectively had a 10-year deal with a player (Manny) determined not to live up to his contract. A lot can change over 10 years, for both sides. We’re in a challenging economic environment,” Henry wrote, again, addressing the concept of spending in a general sense, “because we just don’t know to what extent our long-term revenues will be hurt by the global financial crisis. A lot of businesses are in the same position. There will also be impact on player compensation, but no one at this point knows the degree.”

What he's saying is that Boston might balk if forced to offer Teixeira a ten year guaranteed deal. Eight years? Maybe...only time will tell. But from what I read on ESPN dot com, a couple of the four actively bidding ballclubs have upped their offers, both in years and moolah. The Red Sox will not do anything foolish, but they covet Mark Teixeira. Who wouldn't? Slipping him into the cleanup spot of the Sox lineup would be SO great...Papi would see more hittable pitches and with Kevin Youkilis in the on deck circle and MVP Pedey Pedroia batting second, well, all I can say is WOW! Teixeira wants to make a decision by Christmas. That special day is only eight days away. It's nailbiting time for everybody involved.

Well, that's it for now. You can click on this post's title to be instantly transported to the Boston Globe Red Sox homepage for all you need to know about everything. Your comments are welcome and I appreciate every one of you. As always, BE WELL. Shalom, cheers. Ciao. See ya.

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