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?
A-Rod deal along with Chicago right fielder would have been wonderful and that doesn't mean this is a critique of Manny and Nomar, great players themselves. Problem maybe established here is can Nomar and Manny(and Pedro) bury the ego and play here, when they know they are not wanted. We also have a few players coming off career years, Nixon, Veritek, Mueller, Millar, Ortiz. Will they do it again? Schilling and closer were great additions but Yankees countered well and also added o their hitting. They are # 1 right now going into Training.
mahan, beverly ma
It's hard to say whether the Sox have outmaneuvered the Yankees. The Sox are going to be a better team with the acquisitions made thus far. Their pitching will be improved with Shilling and Foulke. On the other hand, the Yanks pitching staff was hit hard with the loss of Clemens & Petite and the potential loss of Wells. Offensively, the Sox are still in good shape with Nomar and Manny returning. The botched A-Rod deal obviously strained relations with Nomar. Hopefully, things can be patchjed up because Nomar is one of the key players on this team. Only time will tell whether the 'right chemistry' is there for either team.
I think that the botched A-Rod deal only hurts long term if Nomar cannot be resigned. For 2004 the proposed trades would not have significantly upgraded the team. Foulke and Schilling obviously upgrade the pitching staff and Reese helps the defense up the middle. If the offense even comes close to duplicating last year, then I think the Sox should win the East. Go Sox!!! Just one title and we will all be able to die in peace!!!
Greg, Granville, NY
A-Rod wasn't necessary. We don't need him. The botched A-Rod was the best thing that happened to us. Not only do we save money, but we keep Nomar. And, who doesn't want to keep Nomar??
i think the sox are in great shape without the a-rod deal, even if nomar bails after next season. let him go, i say. that would free up $11 or $12 million to sign another quality player. and while they might not exactly replace nomar, the sox would still have two very, very good players instead of one great one.
Rob, Brooklyn, NY
by not dealing manny ifeel the red sox hurt themselves. the getting ordonez or vladie, would have been as important if they got a marginal outfiieder then the trading of manny made no sense. the letting go of walker for reese i beleive really hurts offensively hurts chemistry . yes it helps defensivly but the set up people and the closer lost how many games last season. with that problem hopefully solved the letting walker walk doesn"t make sense. so the swapping of manny must have been 50% you need other 50%
bob, norton ma 02766
I think the AROD deal going dead will be a blessing in disguise for the RedSox!
Ali, New York City
the redsox i feel have had a better off season due to the fact that a seemingly automatic loss from years past"pettite" wont be on the rotation.....also kevin brown is untested in the american league..where i believe since the dh in affect is a much stronger hitting league....i am happy of the return of manny and nomar...though magglio ordonez would have been a great pickup but that would be with the loss of nomar.....too bad the bucs wouldnt trade us back freddy sanchez..i would like to see him get a try at 2b..i feel pokey reese really isnt the answer....our pitching staff should carry us over the yanks...our new additions plus the fact that ramiro mendoza is starting to look "average" at times helps.
paul, keene,new hampshire
The Red Sox had significantly upgraded with Schilling ( another former Sox farmhand discarded along the way) and Foulkes. The botched A-Rod trade will hurt the Sox if it impacts the clubhouse and makes the always mentally wandering Manny totally indifferent this coming year. Even though this will be Nomar's "walk" year it will be hard for him to be 100% rah, rah for the "Olde Town Team" given the treatment he received from management, some peers on the team, and the fans who were salivating for the "rich kid" from Texas. One has to question if he will be willing to play hurt given the past off-season stuff. One also has to question how "stat boy" Francona will do in the heat of a divisional race with the Yanks, Jays and possibly the O's. He is entirely untested in this arena as the Phils were awful while he was there. All that being said as a Yankee fan I believed the Sox were better last year, and with the pitching help will be better this year than my Bombers. But the window of opportunity is 2004 and 2004 only.
m. crescenzo, washington, dc
After hearing of hte curse for 81 years, this was our chance to steal the best player in our life-time. And, we were going to get one of the best kept secrets in Ordonez. Ownership talked a great game of keeping up with the Yanks and were right on with Schilling and Foulke, but letting the A-Rod deal slip past because Luccino threw a fit with the union just allowed the Yanks to stay ahead and the curse will live on. We need owners who are not afraid to go past the Tax if the opportunity is there, not run this team like we are mid market teams, like the ones they ran into the ground in Florida , Baltimore and San Diego. Why did all 3 of these teams win before these guys were involved and in Florida's case, immediately after they left? I have season tickets and have payed the increase every single year. Why, when we've added premium seating, are we afraid to pay a tax while the Yanks don't mind spending in order to get better? It is discouraging. Spending $15 Mil on Brown is crazy, but to get the best player in baseball, at age 28? We had to do this deal.
Steve, South Hadley