Getting a leg up
Do you think the Red Sox have outmaneuvered the Yankees this offseason, or does the botched A-Rod deal still give New York the advantage?
They have made several good moves but in no way have they outmaneuvered the Yankees. The additions of a top starter and reliever were great. However not pulling the trigger on the A-Rod deal can and will leave an issue to be dealt with in the clubhouse. Much of what the Sox accomplished last year was due to believing in each other and playing as a team. I believe having an unhappy Ramirez and trying to mend fences with Nomar will kill the chemistry and leave them looking for answers. Poke - Man is not an answer. The Yankees have added a lot of depth to their roster and Now that Uncle George has had his brush with mortality, not quite, he will be spending more to try and win another before his demise.
i think the Sox have definatley outmaneuvered the yankees this offseason. Shcilling, Folke, Reese, i could go on forever baby! Go Sox, and happy b-day to Theo!!
The Red Sox have prepared themselves well in the offseason for 2004. Schilling and Foulke will eliminate their weak positions. Nomar should get rid of any self pity and extend his contract with the Red Sox soon. Manny will be fine and contribute to a Red Sox winning team since he knows the Red Sox tried to accomodate his wishes. As for the Yankees, they have definitely suffered losses with Pettite and Clemons gone. Under good management, the Red Sox should go all the way in 2004.
Jim, Sarasota, Florida
Despite the A-rod fall out I feel as if the Red Sox have drastically improved themselves this offseason. That said, the Yankees have also shored up their most glaring weakness, the bullpen, with the addition of Tom Gordon and Paul Quantrill. I see a similar race to the wire as we saw in 2003, with Schilling and Foulke helping to pick up the 2004 Red Sox where the 2003 Red Sox ultimately failed.
Oh enough about A-Rod, already. The Red Sox had a great offseason! Much better than the Yankees. Adding Schilling and Foulke was a huge boost to the pitching staff. Pokey is a big defensive upgrade. Yes, we still have Manny. Manny is a flake, but also a feared hitter who will drive in 100+ runs. Nomar is one of the best shortstops in the league and will drive in another 100 runs. 2004 is looking good!
Jim, Greenfield, MA
Not getting A-Rod didn't make the Sox any weaker, and we weren't the ones losing 2 of our starting pitchers...
Trade away Nomar for Magglio and sign Aurilla for 4 million 18 million will take are of both Mags and Aurilla
1) i am a redsox fan. 2) the new ownership group must go. 3) smoke & mirrors, everything is played out throught the media. espn, chat rooms, and ugly rumors. 4) they are bottom line motivated, not world series motivated. 5) before everyone gives theo the keys to the city ... let's make sure he has his driver's license.
Boston is Boston: a crucible of anguish, torment and confusion. The A-Rod deal is only the latest step in a long and arduous journey through despair. Bostonians have a ready supply of it, and a tidy three-way mega-star swap wouldn't help. It's endemic to our city, state, and regional mindset. Just think: would Babe Ruth have been BABE RUTH if he stayed in Boston? No, he'd be just another bum. Only by going to the Bronx did he enjoy the superstar celebrity and fame that we know him for. Boston is a lot of things, but a hotbed of celebrity worship it's not. If it'l make you feel better, start calling them M-Ram and N-Gar and start the buzz. Go Pats!
Johnny , Somerville
If the sox don't sign any of their upcoming free agents before the season starts there will be nothing but unrest in that locker room- its already unstable enough w/ Manny being put on waivers and the whole A-Rod disaster, and Millar putting his food in his mouth on ESPN- well lets hope "statistical analysis" works but every one knows 50% of statistics are false