Friday, December 30, 2005
Mark Blount7-0 C from Pittsburgh12.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg in 28.8 minutes
Brian Scalabrine6-9 PF from USC1.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.3 apg in 8.7 minutes
Antoine Walker6-9 PF from Kentucky12.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg in 28.3 minutes
Change in team outlook: -2.1 ppg, +0.9 rpg, and +0.2 apg
Pokey Reese gets 1-year deal from Marlins
"Tejada reiterated his trade request Thursday night to the Baltimore Sun, saying he was more upset than ever at the Orioles' lack of off-season moves.'I thought I (would) put pressure and we'll see,' Tejada said. 'What have they done? Nothing.''Next year, I want to be somewhere where they want to win.'"
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The Red Sox, according to one source, have made one of the most intriguing offers -- outfielder Manny Ramirez and starting pitcher Matt Clement for Miguel Tejada -- but several high-ranking Orioles officials remain opposed to trading the team's best player within the American League East.
-- Baltimore Sun
The Cubs apparently are no closer than they were last week to dealing Mark Prior to Baltimore for Tejada. Baseball sources said Tuesday the Cubs and Orioles have not spoken since news of the proposed deal was leaked to an Internet site last Thursday. Prior, Corey Patterson and a top prospect, believed to be left-hander Rich Hill, are thought to be part of the preliminary package.
-- Chicago Tribune
A four team internet special is being rumored by various sources, with Tejada a Red Sox, Manny a Met, Lugo and Benson, and prospects Orioles, and Matsui, Heilman, and prospects Devil Rays.
--New England Sports Hub
Red Sox should sign Rafael Palmeiro
Major League Minimum deal with incentives would work well for both sides. Gold glover Raffy would solve the Sox needs for a left handed hitting first baseman. An estimated 80% of major leaguers were on steroids just a few years ago, so even if guilty, he is far from alone. He deserves a chance to play and prove that he can be clean and productive.
-Red Sox Hub
Monday, December 26, 2005
Lose out on over rated, overpriced Millwood to the Rangers. He could make up to $60 million in Texas.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
On the state of Red Sox Nation:
"That team is dismantling. I'm sure it's going to be crushing because I meant a lot to those fans."
"When he got Boston’s first offer, he knew then there was a possibility he could leave. That offer put him in a difficult position. You hear three for $27 million -- it was basically not a raise. It was something that really changed his feelings about Boston." -Scott Boras
Friday, December 23, 2005
Boston You're No Longer My Home
Damon Looks Good In Pinstripes
It has become increasingly clear that the Yankees are still the model franchise. Tradition and continuity extends beyond ownership and to the roster. Players leave New York too, but don't get smeared on the way out, and often return home for another Yankee term-See Tito, Sierra, Stanton to name a few recent examples. As painful as it is, we must acknowledge the Yankees for being the class organization that they are.
It's A Festivus Miracle!!!
- I've got a few grievances to air, John "Cougar" Henry.
My Son Says Your Company Stinks!
- Ready for the feats of strength, Ben and Jed?? It involves holes at shortstop and centerfield.
Uncle Larry is here to give you both a wedgie...
- Hey Danny Ainge: You have really disappointed me this year! How about an Antoine Redux?
He is wallowing in Miami, and Blount/Scalabrine/#1 pick match up for a deal...
- Jeremy Jacobs, we really expect nothing of you, yet, once again, you have managed to be below our expectations!
Joe Thornton is going to have a Merry Little Christmas in the California Sun,You cheap bastard...
- New England Patriots: You are excused from this holiday. Good luck in the playoffs!!
Thanks to Coach B., Scotty, Tedy, Tommy, Corey, Willie, Richard, Rosie,
Mikey V., Adam V., The O. Line, and the entire Kraft Family
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Did lowering the payroll have anything to do with the inaction on the Damon front? This needs to be watched carefully over the next 12 months...
-Red Sox Henry Debt Load Hub
" Damon's super agent, Scott Boras, explained the last-ditch effort to keep his client in Beantown:
"I called (Red Sox principal owner John Henry) and said, 'John, I wanted to call you, you're the owner of the team, it's important to let you know that we are in a position to do something with another team, something's about to be done and if you have a five-year proposal, now is the time to come forward.He said he would have to talk to his people and I told him that I was not calling to negotiate but to let him know what was happening."
Boras said he placed that call to Henry somewhere between 7 and 8 o'clock Tuesday night. Approximately an hour and a half later, Boras heard from co-GM Jed Hoyer. When Hoyer informed him the call was not about Damon, Boras had an excellent idea the Sox would not be making any last-minute moves to sweeten their four-year offer worth $10 million a year. Between 10:30 and 11 o'clock, Boras and the Yankees had wrapped up their talks. "
LARRY'S MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE LEFT A FLOATER:
At yesterday’s press conference at Fenway Park, team president and CEO Larry Lucchino said the Red Sox told Damon’s camp the Sox’ four-year offer, first made on Dec. 6, would expire on Christmas Eve if the sides could not reach an agreement.
Boras indicated he was unaware of such a deadline.
“I hear there’s a letter waiting for me at home, where I haven’t been in awhile,” said Boras. “John Henry did ask me if I got the letter.”
All along, said Boras, he had been telling teams that Damon was looking for an annual average salary that fell between J.D. Drew’s $11 million and Carlos Beltran’s $17 million. The Red Sox never reached that range. The Yankees did.
As far as the suddenness of Damon’s decision, Boras said, “The reality of it is, everyone in this process had two months to get involved. None of this was a quick decision for anybody.”
-Let's see Larry Lucchino spin his way out of this one. Henry and his headless henchmen simply dropped the ball...A year ago last offseason, when they could have locked this guy up for a Tek-like extension-$30 over 3 years. Here at the Hub, we're not mad at "The Trio" anymore for giving away our star players...We actually feel sorry for them, as it looks like their responsibilities have moved beyond their maximum capacities...they appear best suited for government work.
Yes, Johnny be gone.
And the Sox be in trouble.
"Oh my, unexpecting Sox president Larry Lucchino replied when asked what message he might deliver to fans frustrated by this most tumultuous of offseasons. "I would acknowledge that this is a setback in terms of our short-term (goals), but to keep the faith."
Like the Bible says:
Blessed are those who believe and have not seen. "
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
RECAP OF RED SOX PRESS CONFERENCE:
(Uncle Larry sits in the middle, holds Jed and Ben's hands. Ben drinks a bottled water and says nothing; Jed tries to speak, stutters, looks like he is about to cry, wets himself, and defers to Uncle Larry.)
"The last stages of this did come as a bit of a surprise to us. We're not going to go back and reconstruct the negotiations, and what would we have done. I leave it to the Yankees to make decisions for the Yankees." -Larry Lucchino
Q:How did it come to pass that Johnny Damon wound up a New York Yankee, when the Red Sox have said all along that retaining Damon was your top priority?
" We're not here to talk about the past...We're here to focus on the positive...We were taken by surprise...It's Nomar's fault...The evil emperor has no clothes...It's Theo's fault...It takes two to tango...Maybe I'm not fit to be the President of the Boston Red Sox...A rolling stone catches no moss...Maybe I should move back to Cali and regrow my 1970's porn moustache."
-END OF PRESS CONFERENCE-
Larry Lucchino is the top bidder...
- He was offered more than 5 years and $60 million by the Yankees, but chose the higher AAV 4 year deal, thinking that he may be able to get a 2 year deal after that.
- He was offered a 6 year deal by another club.
- Offers of 5 years and more than $60 million were on the table from other clubs.
- He tried his best to stay in Boston, but the Red Sox didn't try hard enough to sign him.
-Johnny Damon on WEEI tonight
Johnny Damon Loses His Identity In Yankee Pinstripes
Point Guard Play An Achilles Heal For The Celtics
Dickau now lost for the season. He didn't seem to fit in Doc's system; Marcus Banks is now healthy and ready to prove to the Celtics that they made a big mistake in not picking up next year's option on his contract.
This is Mrs. Dickau, ex-Blazers cheerleader
Yankee Doodle Johnny
Ben?? Jed??? Larry?? Bueller??
The Red Sox front office simply needs to be a lot more proactive and smarter. While I agree that the Sox shouldn't pay Damon that kind of dough, continuing to lose our key players on the open market is a symptom of a fatal flaw that exists within this front office.
Once again, the Sox waited to genuinely and sincerely negotiate with a player until he reached the open market (Low ball, token offers don't count), and the result was predictably disasterous for the Olde Towne Team.In ALL cases, this ownership group has either had to pay more than they would have if they had just locked the guy up the year before his deal expired(See Tek), scramble to overpay another team's free agent to make up for the loss of their own (See Error Renteria), or simply lost the player with nothing to show for him (See Pedro, Lowe, etc.).
Hey, they even did it to their hero G.M..
Dan Duquette was ripped for exactly the same thing when Clemens and Vaughn walked and left the Sox with nothing in return. In most cases, it simply makes no sense to wait; sign 'em or deal 'em. This isn't the NFL; draft picks don't come close to being any significant return. This team tried to hire Billy Beane; Even with much less leverage due to a limited payroll, Billy is able to get value back for his soon to be free agent stars. The Sox F.O. could learn a lot from him.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS SHIFTED IN THE A.L. EAST...AS CURRENTLY CONSTITUTED, THE RED SOX NOW RANK BEHIND THE YANKEES AND TORONTO IN THE DIVISION, WITH LITTLE CHANCE TO CONTEND FOR THE WILD CARD WITH THE ANGELS, CHICAGO, OAKLAND, AND CLEVELAND LIKELY TO FINISH WITH BETTER RECORDS.
-RED SOX HUB
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The Red Sox front office chaos costs them their catalyst...Thanks Larry Lucchino.
Lucchino Boston Death Pool Link soon to follow on New England Sports Hub...
Larry Lucchino Boston Death Pool Officially Begins In Boston!!
"When I suggested to Garciaparra it appears he's on the downward side of his career, he disagreed, saying he wouldn't have been in demand if that was true."No one wanted you to play shortstop," I said, "which would indicate you've lost something," and once again he disagreed, saying several teams wanted him to play shortstop."Name them," I said, and he declined.Garciaparra then told the media that when he walked through the Dodger clubhouse looking at the names above each locker, he concluded this team can win the World Series. I guess they've already taken down Jason Phillips' name plate.
I asked him to repeat that just to make sure he's not some kind of practical joker, and he did — like he really believed it — so I asked him what would he know about winning a World Series?He said he won a World Series, the one the Red Sox won three months after they traded him to the Cubs — although the record shows Boston went 56-46 with Garciaparra, and 42-18 to finish the regular season after trading him.In fact when the Red Sox traded Garciaparra, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote, "Thank the baseball god, he's gone. We no longer have to watch Garciaparra pretend he cares about the fortunes of the Red Sox. … He had to go. He was more miserable than any athlete I have ever seen."Jeff Kent and Garciaparra on the same team — yeah, this is going to be fun...
(I have a feeling Kent is going to catch a break this season, as I'll probably be spending most of my time trying to cut through Garciaparra's baloney.)"
-Red Sox West Hub
Monday, December 19, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Last year, before the groin injury, he was hitting just .157. After he returned to the Cubs' lineup, in early August, he hit .318 the rest of the way, with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 179 at-bats."
Billy Corgan Cherington's World Tour schedule must be behind why, despite massive holes at SS, 1B, and maybe the outfield, the Sox haven't even had time to make the bat with the biggest upside-Nomah-an offah. I wonder what Cherington's wife, media goddess Wendy Nix, thinks about all the groupies now coming his way...
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
'This was my first time,' he said of the boos from the home-team supporters. 'I didn't know how to handle it. ... Nobody likes to get booed. You see me play, I always start slow. Maybe the fans didn't know anything about me.'
In a Sunday telephone conversation with a Boston Globe reporter, Renteria acknowledged that he 'wanted out of Boston,' but not because of the fans or his comfort level with the American League, which he said increased as the season progressed. Rather, he cited the Fenway infield, which he said contributed to his error total.
'It's one of the main reasons why I didn't feel comfortable,' he said. 'I worked a lot last year to feel comfortable and just couldn't.'"
-Boston Celtics Hub
"Not long after Sox slugger Manny Ramirez put a ''For Sale' sign on his plush apartment on the 37th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, a couple of desperate diehards launched KeepManny.com. Well, with the departure of shortstop Edgar Renteria, it was only a matter of time before someone in Red Sox Nation started an online petition to bring back Nomar Garciaparra. Voila! The site -- www.Garciaparra.com -- hit the Web yesterday morning. ''The Sox are so PR conscious that if there's an outcry, maybe they'll bring him back,' said the site's co-creator Steve ''Dakota' Happas, an equity options trader from Braintree. ''Sure, there was some bit of bad blood when he left, but maybe enough time has passed.' Happas started the site with his friend John Fanning, a huge Sox fan who bought the domain name way back when. As a courtesy, Happas said, he spoke with Nomar's uncle Victor Campos before launching the site. ''He didn't rule [a return] out,' said Happas. ''But he said if it's going to happen, it wouldn't be at shortstop.'"
Multi-year offers on the table. Sox need to get in on this bargain auction.
-Nomar Garciaparra Hub