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?
John Henry & Co. jerked the Red Sox fans around for 2 months, and when push came to shove, they got cold feet and backed out. They left the fans with a bitter taste in their mouths. Just how serious were they, when Texas backed off the $25 mil they wanted, and reduced it to $13 mil, with the union reducing Arods contract another $13 mil, and we still said no thanks. Did they want him for free? Now we have a disgruntled SS in Nomar, and they are still stuck with the guy they wanted to unload (Manny). Great move Red Sox. We could have been great with Arod and Ordonez, but that would have been be too good for us Sox fans I guess. When Nomar leaves for free agency at the end of the year, Henry will be kicking himself. Especially when the Yankees figure out a way to grab Arod (moving Jeter to 3rd)?, giving the Sox yet another black eye in the endless list of missed opportunities we have already had. Talk about botching up a great trade.
no the sox have clearly outmaneuvered the yankees this winter. the a rod deal was just the death blow but it was not needed
pitching great but arod deal would seal everything
dan, farmingdale new york
The Red Sox are messing up by taking on Streinbrenner on his own terms. We don't need another gross hog in baseball. Sox should invent their own cutting edge. There are more creative strategies. Schilling is likely to get hung up with gopher balls in Fenway. Pedro is 70% of his old self and getting more tired every outing. And a knucker is a knuckler is a knuckler. Why not add some speed to the line-up?
Bob, kc mo
I believe that aquiring A-rod would be a tremendous asset for the team, and so would the trickle-down trades that would result from the Nomar trade. Nomar has always been one of my favorite players, however, he wasn't the all-around ball player that I have watched in the years prior to last year.
Of course the Red Sox acquired better players than the Yankees have this offseason. The addition of Curt Schilling clearly gives the Red Sox a better starting three (PEDRO, CURT, DEREK) than the Yankees have (MUSSINA, VASQUEZ, CONTRERAS). Also, adding a star closer (FOULKE) to their pitching staff will be the answer to the problem that ultimately led to Boston's demise against the Yankees. The Yankees have been reacting to Boston's acquisitions with PANIC MOVES. They will find that SHEFFIELD is just another MONDESI. And LOFTON is an aging outfielder who is even slower than BERNIE WILLIAMS. Steinbrenner should have never let PETTITTE go to Houston. Nothing the Yanks do will work now.
Joltin' Joe, Waterford, CT
The botched A-Rod seal was a smart move for the Sox - the Rangers made a huge error when they signed one player for $25 M a year. By asking the Sox to pay $5 M a year for Manny basically makes the Sox even more fiscally irresponsible as they would then be paying $30 M a year for one person. By refusing this position the Sox showed some sanity - and what's the downside? They retain two incredible hitters - true with some baggage. So let's review - in this off-season (so far) the Sox have added a dominant pitcher and a dominant closer, while the Yanks have added a bunch of self-centered players which should return the Evil Empire to the woeful '80s. If they can overcome the fallout with Nomar (Maybe by giving him what he is due?) and keep Manny in check - then yes, I believe that the Sox can finally overcome the Yanks. They were there this year but they will be better this coming year.
DGreen, New York
Sign Nomar, keep the manchild and forget A-Rod. If he wanted to come here he would have accentuated the ad deals that could have been availed to him and opposed theplayers union decision. Can't have his cake and eat it too. Sox are a better team than the Yankees as they sit. MLB should get rid of any teams that are struggling with attendance and just keep the competitive teams. MLB got along for years with a better product without so many watered down entries.
edward, Weymouth MA
You honestly think this skinny little kid who plays in the rock band would ever be able to outsmart the Yankees? Puhleeeze.
The Sox should never have let Walker go. The Reese-Bellhorn combo signed for what Walker signed with with the Cubs, too. I thought it was a money-saving deal. A franchise that grossed 220 million shouldn't have nickled and dimed Walker. He can do more than play second. Pitching-wise, Schilling might have a Cy Young left in him. The Yankees have a very deep bullpen this year and if the Sox don't resign Williamson, the Yanks would have the edge there.