Patience Is A Virtue...I Guess
Today is Wednesday, December 10th, my birthday. Happy birthday to me (it's too early in the morning to have received any phone calls saying that). And today is the last day of the winter meetings in Vegas. It's been quiet, probably because of the declining economy woes that is hitting all of us so hard. The Mets filled their need for a closer by signing record-setting closer K ROD. His real name is Francisco Rodriguez, and he had an amazing 2009 season with the LA California Anaheim Angels. But the rumors, strong rumors, are that the Boston Red Sox have one main target, a guy they will go all out to acquire, even if it means a long term deal, something they usually do not like to do. Usually. Mark my words...this year will be different. The club is in dire need of a cleanup hitter to bat after Big Papi and before the valuable Kevin Youkilis. The once Manny-laden lineup will be fearsome once again. That guy's name, as you most likely guessed, is Mark Teixeira, and he WILL be wearing a Boston uniform next year. Here are a couple quotes from Theo Epstein about his approach to these very quiet winter meetings...
"It's hard to be patient," general manager Theo Epstein said. "But it's important to be patient. The offseason is not going to hinge on these winter meetings. We'll just continue to work at it until we find some things we like. In reality, you're not trying to win the offseason. You're trying to win DURING the season. It's good to be thorough," Epstein said. "But no, I don't see the need to be engaged or talk with every player. The ones that we like, it kind of makes sense to be involved. Even if you're not going to sign a player, you get a feel for what the market is like, a feel for what other teams are trying to do."
Peter here, and those are wise words. But everything I hear and read, especially this morning, tells me the Boston Red Sox have their eyes on only ONE guy, although they've talked to agents and players galore. Let's hope. Faith. Always.
You can click on the title of this post to be transported to the NESN website. On the top, you'll see a still picture of Theo...just click "play" to hear and see what he had to say. Thanks for stopping in and your comments are always welcome and always answered to the best of my ability. BE WELL.