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MLB GM Meetings 2009: Varitek Exercises Option, John Henry Needs To Sack Up.

Scott Boras (Satan), speaking last night, at the GM Meetings in Chicago, responding to a question about the Sox pursuit of Mark Teixeira last winter –

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Most Hateable Yankees Team Ever.

“Well, after this season, I would say that the Boston Red Sox had a chance to sign Mark Teixeira before the New York Yankees did. Because we gave them an offer. That’s the best I can do for owners, when you give them a chance to sign a player. The player was earnest in coming here at the time and he presented them with an offer and they could have accepted it.”

Basically, Boras is calling out John Henry as a cheap bastard.

John Henry and The Red Sox Version Of Yoko Ono

Hey, Yoko, stop spending all of the guy's goddamn money.

Seriously, John? We, the fans of your team, have sold out your stadium over five hundred times in a row. We have made your regional sports network the most profitable part of the company and we have bought enough merchandise to finance your wife’s wardrobe. All that we ask is that you strap on a pair of man balls and spend the money that will bring us the championship (and you the tremendous profits) that we all want. All I’m saying is that if Jason Bay’s agent says something like this at the end of next season, John Henry might have to lose a toe in the worst way imaginable.

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And here's to one more season in the sun.

In other news, the Red Sox catching corps for 2010 has been officially settled now with Jason Varitek  picking up his own $3 Million player option for next year. He will be backing up Victor, teaching him how to scout and keep records like he does and helping him handle the pitching staff. the situation makes me wonder if the Sox need to hire a bench coach at all when they could use the Captain in the same capacity on most days. If Tito gets tossed, I don’t think there is anyone else who I would be more comfortable with managing the game, even if he does it from behind the plate every now and then.

The GM meetings have now pretty much wrapped up and nothing truly exciting has happened. Free agency doesn’t start until November 20th and even then we will likely have to wait until the Winter Meetings in December before things really get started. Until then it’s all just baseless speculation and rumor, which I love.

Go Sox.

95 Days.

Done.

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Waiting……

Never Forget

Never Forget

The Varitek deadline, which nobody was sure about until yesterday as it seems, has come and gone on the east coast. I say east coast because Satan lives on the west coast and to him 8:30 am is 11:30 am Eastern time. So we continue to wait. This day can either end in a great situation for both parties, or an awful one for everybody (including me). Will Varitek sit out? Will he sign? Either way, the Sox are still exploring trades for Saltalamacchia and Montero (more likely, and also more ready to take over as a starting catcher) and we will know later in the day. 

Meanwhile, Jayson Stark has a great column on ESPN.com about how to make the World Series more like the Superbowl. and don’t forget to read ABA’s latest Celtics breakdown (below).

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Update: Angels Pull Teixeira Offer from Table.

 

He won't be putting on that uniform again.

He won't be putting on that uniform again.

According to our friends at Extra Bases, the Angels have pulled their offer to Mark Teixeira from the table. The offer, thought to be 8 years and $160 Million, was taken out of play by Angles owner Arte Moreno. Moreno reportedly believed that Teixeira, who has a stated preference to play on the east coast, never intended to return to Anaheim and was just using them to run the price up on the other teams. This could be excellent for the Sox in their hopes to grab him, as it removes nother player from the game, or it could be awful, seeing as Theo and the Trio haven’t spoken to Satan or Teixeira since the infamous Henry missive. Let’s just all pray that he doesn’t go to New York (who will then be spending almost half a billion dollars this offseason), forcing us all to go into hiding for the next 10 months. Of course, there are two other scenarios at play: Moreno is trying to be as cool as John “Kenny Rogers” Henry and bluff Satan into coming back to them, or eventually, Big Tex might get pissed off at the way that his agent (who is an employee of his, not the other way around) is screwing around and not getting a deal done, and just choose from the offers that are out there. He says he wants it done by Thursday (apparently a holiday of some sort), so this should be an interesting week.

 

We went 3-3 today: Pats 47-7, Celtics 124-105, Bruins 6-3 (more on them tomorrow). I hate Winter. 

54 Days

Done.

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Winter Meetings Day 2: This is What Going Mad Must Feel Like.

 
Overrated, Overrated, Overrated. After two days of wheeling and dealing in Las Vegas, the Winter Meetings finally got exciting yesterday. Well, for some that is. The Mets nailed down the back of their bullpen by signing the vastly overrated Frankie Rodriguez to a three year, $37 Million contract. The Yanks have reportedly gotten their man in the 7 year, $161 Million arm of CC Sabathia (too much, too long, too fat). The Dodgers have signed former Patriots Day hero Mark Loretta as well as retaining Casey Blake. The Orioles have traded Ramon Hernandez (who they were not going to trade in Division for all of you who think he could have replaced Varitek) to the Reds for Ryan Freel. The Indians are nearing a deal with oft injured former Cub Kerry Wood. Lots of deals and imminent deals are floating around, but something is missing, and it’s making me feel like these aren’t really the Winter Meetings.

boras_antichristLet’s see; all of the GMs are there, there are lots of buffets, Satan is wandering around collecting dollars, souls and robbing the occasional little old lady. What is missing? Oh, Yeah, the Boston Red Sox have not made a deal yet. The usually very active Theo and Company have been stagnant, though they have had their noses in pretty much everything. This is what’s been going on according to my numerous sources:

oh, yeah. He plays Gold Glove first base as well.

oh, yeah. He plays Gold Glove first base as well.

The Sox are the frontrunners in the race for Mark Teixeira, having met with Satan early this morning (Theo goes all night). Now that Sabathia is off the market, this negotiation should heat up. He is also known as the prime target of his current team, the LAAAngels, and to be in the plans of a few other teams. He should be getting somewhere in the range of The old left fielder’s deal (8 Yrs, $160 million), probably a few million a year more. The Yanks might not get involved now that they’ve got CC, instead aiming to lure D-Lowe and/or Burnett to join him. Hank “Dumber than dad with a bigger mouth” Steinbrenner has made it clear that he also wants to bring home the old left fielder (he grew up within view of the Stadium). Of course, they have more money than brains so an offer will probably be forthcoming. 

It would just be a great kick in the Nuts to the Yankees fans for him to have a good season in a Red Sox uniform.

It would just be a great kick in the Nuts to the Yankees fans for him to have a good season in a Red Sox uniform.

Another market they are heavy into is the one for a moderately priced veteran starter. names kicked around have been Pettite, Smoltz, Pavano, Lowe and Burnett. Of course, the latter two have a heftier (like Sabathia, who’s fat) price in terms of both years and dollars, but the Sox are exploring all options. Lowe still has a boner for Northeastern girls, and has stated that he wants to come back, but I doubt the Sox would bring him back at the 4 year, $50-60 million range that he’s looking for. Burnett already supposedly has an offer from the Yanks on the table for 5 years and $66 Million, which the Sox will not go to. This wold be as bad a deal as the Sabathia one as both of them are primed to break down (though in different ways). One GM said of Sabathia, “As he gets older, he’s not gonna get skinnier,” and Burnett only had one really good season in Toronto and originally looked to be as bad a signing as Pavano (likely returning to the Marlins) in the first two years. Smoltz and Pettite are both better options as they could come in for only one year, if big money ($12-17 Million) and allow Masterson to continue in the setup role where he excelled this season. 

Still the Captain

Still the Captain

The other Priority for the Sox is actually one where they are getting help from teams around the league. Yesterday’s trade of Ramon Hernandez to the Reds removes another possible landing place for Varitek, as he will not want to sit in Baltimore as the O’s introduce their big catching prospect. He is losing options by the day and in all likelyhood will be returning to Fenway. The trade market has rumors flying that the Rangers will be willing to give us Salty for Clay “I threw a no hitter in my second start and then shit the bed after” Buchholz. I like that deal on many levels, first it allows the Sox to shed the history and personal issues that comes with any failure by Buchholz in this uniform and second the Sox get the Catcher of the Future with time for him to train with the Captain. 

Tomorrow the Sox will make one new announcement: New logo and Uniforms. I’m praying that they won’t touch the basic home jersey or hat, but changes to the road and alternate unis and hats could be a great way to increase revenues (you know you’ll want one,. I do). Either way, it’ll all shake out, but for now let’s just trust in Theo, laugh at the Yanks for giving a fat man an unlimited food budget in New York City, and Watch Baseball Tonight at 5 PM today on ESPN2. 

Go Sox. 

64 Days.

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The Annual Appeal

Ricky Henderson

First Ballot HOFer: Ricky Henderson

Mo Vaughn... just before he became enourmous.

Mo Vaughn... just before he became enourmous.

With a few days left until the greatest orgy of the Hot Stove Season (also known as the Winter Meetings in Vegas), the attention of the baseball world shifts once again to the Hall of Fame. The veterans committee (made up of the HOFers themselves for the most part) will announce their selections (if any, it’s been years since they had one) at the start of the meetings next Monday. With writers ballots due at the end of the month, and announcements of inductees coming shortly after (Jan. 12), it is time to start weighing the pros and cons of each player. This year boasts the smallest ballot ever, at only 23 players, and contains four left fielders (a position that has not had a new inductee since Yaz in ’89). Newcomers to the list include Rickey Henderson (no, he’s not still playing somewhere trying to pile up stats just for ego even though he is pretty useless), Ron Gant, David Cone, Mo Vaughn (Party at the Foxy Lady if he gets in), Greg Vaughn, and Mark Grace.

Jim Rice doing Jim Rice.

Just Relaxing, Jim Ed Style.

But, just like at Yom Kippur services, the annual appeal is not about something new. It is about things that have been laying about since Mo was an MVP, waiting to be put where they belong. In this case it is a man who spent fifteen years patrolling the grass in front of the Green Monster, and spent a decade scaring the hell out of Major League Pitchers. It is about a man whose number will most assuredly go up on the right field facade with 1,4,6,8,9,27 and 42 as soon as he is properly enshrined in Cooperstown. I speak, of course, of James Edward “Jim” Rice. He has been a Red Sox lifer, as a player, a coach, and now a NESN analyst. His numbers over the prime of his career, from 75 through 85, place him squarely in the ranks of those who have been voted into the Hall. He was the MVP in ’78, third in the voting in ’75 (and second in the ROY voting) behind teammate Fred Lynn, and was in the top five five other years. In 1975 as a rookie, he and Lynn (called the Gold Dust Twins, which would now be more likely considered as the name for twin strippers) lead the Sox to the seventh game of one of the greatest World Series ever.

We all know the arguments. We all know the numbers (if you don’t, got to Baseball-Reference.com and look them up). I don’t need to repeat them again. Why? because this plea has been made for the past 10 years as Rice was passed over for other players. Last year he got 72% of the vote,  three percent shy of what he needed, and with the lack of big names entering the ballot this year (except for Rickey) it is time for Jim to get in. Plus, just imagine the suit he would bust out for the induction, that alone should be worth at least a vote or two. Jim makes Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders look like they work on wall street by comparison, with the colors, buttons and amount of stripes that he makes work on a daily basis, unlike those other slackers who only bust out once a week. Don Cherry will be proud.

Winter Meetings

COMING SOON!!! The Muppets: Winter Meetings

It just never gets old...

It Just Never Gets Old.......

As all of you voters contemplate Rice’s fate, The Winter Meetings approach, and with it the actual start to the wheeling and dealing of the Hot Stove season. The Sox offered arbitration to Tek and Byrd, and most of the big free agents got the same offer from their teams. Though they are likely to turn it down, it will get the dealing started because it puts a deadline on how long players can negotiate with current teams. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (yes, the same jerk off who called the Sox racist because they found more players who could contribute and they happened to be white) believes that Satan (Boras) will steer Teixeira towards coming to Boston in order to better position his other guys (and eat more puppies).

73 Days.

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

Imagine: Opening Day 2009. While the Red Sox debut a depleted lineup (minus some key parts of their championship years and with uncertainty about the probable production of David Ortiz and Mike Lowell), the Yankees march out three new men in pinstripes. One formerly known to us as the Captain; another, a shaggy haired, baggy clothes wearing outfielder, and the third their chief rival’s primary offseason goal. 

(I’m screaming as I stab my own eyes out and pray to god to save all of our souls.)

Yesterday marked the first full day on the road to Spring Training 2009. It was the first day after the world series, and the day that all players not under contract who have 6 years or more of Major League experience are allowed to file for free agency. Jason Varitek (his captaincy in the balance), Alex Cora, Mark Teixeira, Ben Sheets and some guy who used to play left field here all filed, and CC (minus the .s) Sabathia, Derek Lowe, and all the others will soon enough. Their teams will have a 15 day period in which they can exclusively negotiate with their own guys and then the free for all begins. 

What is so scary about this? The man who holds the fate of the Red Sox (and all of Major League Baseball) in his hands is the most black hearted man to ever represent an athlete. Satan’s Agent (Scott Boras) is also representing Teixeira, The Old Left Fielder, Tek and every girl you might ever try to sleep with. The upshot of this is that everybody is going to end up paying for more than they get, and most people are going to end up disappointed at some point. Boras will be asking for too many years for Varitek, too much money and too many years for Teixeira (who should be the Sox number one target, he would shore up the lineup, provide gold glove first base, and replace the production that is lost with that other guy and the perceived decline of Ortiz), and basically hold the league for ransom.

Congrats to the Phillies; I hope they have fun at the Parade. The GM meetings begin on Monday and the groundwork for many of the trades will be laid there. Enjoy the weekend, don’t eat too much candy, and relax, the Sox picked up the best bargain in baseball by exercising their lifetime option on Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld. 

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We'll Be O.K.

 

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The Captain Question.

As we begin to come down from the euphoria that is all six (seven for us) months of baseball season we need to take a long hard look at the cold reality of the offseason. There are decisions to be made on players that we all know and love such as Alex Cora, The Mayor, and most importantly The Captain. He has been a fixture in the line up and a rock for the pitching staff for the last 11 years. He came to us in the most one sided trade in baseball history (Heathcliff Slocumb for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe, who we’ll discuss another time) and has mad people love him for all that he does. He has won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and been widely known as a pitching coach on the field and in the locker room. Hell, he is the Captain of the Boston Red Sox.

But this season was his worst at the plate, so bad that he earned himself the nickname Cap’n Rallykill for his ability to, well, kill rallies. He hit .220 for the year and his amazing string of unproductive outs (Ks, Popups, grounders to the pitcher) in the playoffs (yes, we all know he hit a clutch bomb in game 6) has made his glaring lack of productivity even more remarkable. In both games three and four he had chances where a fly out or even a grounder to the right side would have scored a run, but he struck out, and killed a chance for the Sox to maybe start a comeback like in game 5. 

The Flip Side of all that is the fact that he is invaluable to a pitching staff, especially a young one like ours (Lester 24, Beckett 27, Wiggler 28, Etc. How awesome is that?). He calls a game so well that pitchers don’t question him. Remember when Schilling had 2 outs in the ninth of a no hitter a couple of years ago? He thought he was smarter than Varitek, shook him off, and the next pitch was hit into center for a hit. Good-Bye No-No. His pitchers know that when he calls a pitch it isn’t based on a hunch, or on some type of predetermined pattern in his mind, but on the strengths and weaknesses of his pitcher and the hitter. Varitek is a machine, he scouts everyone, knows what tendencies they have and how to get them out. When he throws down a sign, his pitchers know that that is the right pitch.

Which leads us to the real problem. Captian Jason Varitek is a free agent. His agent is the soul sucking scum of the earth (Scott Boras), who had a good relationship with Theo & Co. until he convinced the old left fielder to bitch his way out of town. He will want more money  and more years for Tek than is prudent on the part of the Sox right now. Adding to the problem is the dearth (vocab word) of good catching available. This year a guy who was a late first round/early second round pick at any other position went 5th in the draft simply because he was a catcher (Buster Posey). It’s getting so bad that Brandon Inge might go back behind the plate (possibly) for Detroit and Craig Biggio might come out of retirement to catch for the Marlins (that one was a lie, but Biggio was originally a catcher. Betcha didn’t remember that one). The Assholes in Pinstripes even traded for an aging and far less effective (without roids) Pudge Rodriguez when Posada (who they had already over paid) went down. It used to be that you had to have a quality catcher before you could do anything, and there were enough good catchers out there that a fill in wouldn’t completely debilitate your club. (Hey, Puerto Rico. got any more Molina Brothers down there?) Now, there aren’t enough catchers to go around, and one who has the defensive and pitch calling ability of our Captain, let alone a younger one.

That leaves us with a few options. (there are many more but these are my favorites)

1. Russell Martin. The Sox are in the very enviable position of having an enormous amount of young talent in their control for a long time. Players like Buccholz, Michael Bowden and Lowrie (yup) are all pieces that can be moved and are valuable to clubs like the Dodgers with holes to fill. As are people like Coco, Lugo (whose contract the sox would need to swallow. More on the curse of Nomar coming soon), and even Mike Lowell (should the Sox land Teixiera) are proven MLB commodities that can give production to an NL team. This said, the Dodgers are seeing what they can get for the young, talented and coachable Martin, and Buster Olney says the Sox are interested. Why not? He was a Gold Glove winner last year (this year’s winners have not been announced) and handles the bat well (.285 avg, .373 obp, .806 ops). He is the kind of guy who could replace Tek for years to come but will cost the Sox in prospects and current players. In this scenario, Tek ends up finishing his career somewhere else, which is unfortunate. 

2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The owner of the Longest Name in MLB history, a wife who used to be a teacher at his High School (14 years older but not his teacher) and every my little pony ever (I made that part up). He has the ability to hit as an every day catcher, but has not made the leap. He spent most of this season in the minors, so that he could get the chance to catch every day, after Gerald Laird won the Rangers starting job out of spring training. He would be the every day guy for the Braves but Brian McCann was ahead of him and is nasty (no chance).This is a guy who I have been watching for a few years and if her were to come here and apprentice (that should actually be his title, Apprentice Catcher) under Tek for a couple of years (he’s 24) and learn the defensive side of the game as well as he projects with the bat then he could also be a long term answer. (This is my choice, and it means we can bring Tek back.)

3. Keep Tek and figure it out later. Look, we all know that Kevin Cash is not the answer. Tek is the key to our pitching staff (if you don’t think we’d be screwed without him, see 2002, 2006) and if the Sox can get him to come back at, say, 2 yrs, $8 Mil per, they’d be stupid not to. (Yes, this is more than he is worth in dollars, but there is an asshole tax when dealing with Boras) he could be a mentor to someone young like Salty (or anyone else the Sox find) and also finish his career in an honorable way with the team that made him it’s captain and that he helped win two rings. 

Never Forget

Never Forget

I truly have no idea what will happen with this one, but I trust in Theo and know that he will do the best with a bad (read: really f@#$ing bad) situation. It’s their top priority and it’ll become clearer in the next few weeks but for right now we are left in limbo. tonight, I’m gonna lay back, watch Pushing Daises (really good, if creepy, show) and the new South Park as I wish that Kazmir’s arm falls off and Maddon’s stupid mohawk gets stuck in something. Go Phillies.

118 Days

Done.

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