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  • December 3rd, 2007

    December 3, 2007:
    The Winter Meetings Begin…

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:11 pm in Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades Comments (4)

    …And the Sox wait to see if Minnesota will accept their offering, or the Skanks for Johan Santana…Apparently, the Skanks have put a deadline of today for their offering, which includes their best and brightest pitching prospect, Phil Hughes, as well as Melky Cabrera…and this is royally p*ssing off the Twins…so its geting interesting…

    The Sox are still offering Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, and two prospects–the Twins want at least Jacoby Ellsbury or Clay Buchholz–While it appears Ellsbury would be available (which SUCKS…) the Sox are staying mum on Buchholz…and if the Sox have to trade Ellsbury, Jon Lester will not be part of the deal…and possible not even Crisp…

    And crappiest thing of all…the Sox could “win” but then they only have 72 hours to get a deal done with Santana–and he is looking for 5-6 years at $20 million per–which will make him the highest paid pitcher (based on a yearly salary) in the history of the game…

    My feeling is that Santana is a “would be VERY nice” for the Sox, but are a “really gotta have” for the Skanks–and 1 pitcher does not solve their problems–although it will probably help…

    Oakland’s Dan Haren, the starter who beat out Josh Beckett for the start in 2007 All-Star game, is also an option for the Sox, should the Santana deal fall through…

    Hey! Since the Sox won the World Series, Tito is the Manager of the AL Team this year–if Josh is as good as last year, I think we all know who the starter will be in 2008…

    Looks like Mike Timlin will be back from year #6, having agreed to a 1-year deal worth $3 million–he turns 42 next spring…

    In a semi WTF? Move, the Sox offered arbitration to Eric Gagne (they offered it to Timlin as well…) Of course I know why they did it–he is considered a Type B free agent: if he signs somewhere else, the Sox get a supplemental pick in the amateur draft if he signs elsewhere. Fortunately, he does want to close, and since that is not an option for him with the Sox, he is likely to reject the arbitration–let’s just hope he doesn’t do something completely insane like ACCEPT the arbitration…UGH…

    Others eligible but not offered: Bobby Kielty, Eric Hinske, Doug Mirabelli, Royce Clayton and Matt Clement. The Sox can still negotiate contracts with the players, despite not offering them arbitration, which is a new rule this year…

    The Skanks did not offer arbitration to Mercenary Roger–probably afraid he would ACCEPT…looks like he may actually retire this year–should have retired before this year–cause this year is really not the one he would want to be remembered for…

    Can you believe its only 3 weeks to Christmas? Get your Red Sox gear now!

    4 Responses to “December 3, 2007:
    The Winter Meetings Begin…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, I will bet you $20 Roger is pulling the same nonsense next year: somebody will be dumb enough to pay him again.

      The Hot Stove has turned into another ulcer inflamer: hopefully this Santana thing gets taken care of soon.

      Hope you are well.

    2. laura says:

      I am not really too happy about the offseason so far, other than Mike Lowell being safe. I don’t want Ellsbury to go, even if it is for Santana. I am not a huge fan of change, so that might have something to do with it. But I like that kid!

    3. Ted D says:

      Latest I heard: it’s going to be announced soon.

      Lester, Crisp, Masterson, Lowrie, and Kalish for Santana.

      THAT I can get behind, though I’ll miss Lester and Covelli.

    4. Christine E. says:

      Hey Ted:

      That would be SO cool! While I would miss Lester, I am glad Ellsbury is more than likely here to stay!

      And anytime we can best the Yankees–well, that is a bonus!

      And I will not bet you the $20.00 even tho *I* think Mercenary Roger will retire…:-)

      Good to hear from you Laura–thanks for your comments!

      Go Sox!

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