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  • December 6th, 2007

    December 6, 2007:
    What the heck just happened here?

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:29 pm in Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades Comment (1)

    The Sox go from being inches away from signing a deal with the Twins for Johan Santana, to the Twin going out and actually asking other teams if they want him–W…T…F…?

    Apparently the Twins want both Jon Lester AND Jacoby Ellsbury–the Sox say “one or the other–not both”

    C’mon are the Twins still made over the whole David Ortiz thing? They put him out on waivers, the Sox picked him up, and he has morphed in the greatest DH of all time…How is that OUR fault???

    As the Winter Meeting end, it looks like everyone that started in Boston, will be staying in Boston–at least for the time being. And that is fine by me…

    More details on Detroit’s block buster trade: Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tiger’s for 6 prospects, including top prospects Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. From Tiger GM Dave Dombrowski: “…you’ve got to give something to get something, and I think that’s our philosophy. … I hope I’m watching Miller and Maybin play in All-Star Games down the road. We traded some good players, but you’ve got to give good players to get players back. If you’re happy with what you get, then you’ve got to make moves like that.”

    During Tito’s Winter Meeting Media time, he gave some excellent news with regard to Tim Wakefield: “He was in Boston the other day. He looks terrific. He’s in great shape, and it’s December. He’s not even restricted now. He tested out the other day great.” Yeah!

    Apparently, there is quite a bit of controversy about some of Curt Schilling’s contract, specifically the part about the fact that he gets $1 million if he gets even 1 Cy Young Vote. The Baseball Writers Association of America, who vote and give out the awards (CY Young, MVP, Etc) have passed a resolution that any player with any such clause in his contract will be ineligible for any of its awards, starting in 2013.

    And you KNOW Curt had a response on his blog: “Give me a break…Don’t get me wrong, 100k, 500k, 1 million dollars is a huge sum of money. But to think that these guys ever approached this as anything other than them being touted as the ‘experts’ on who wins what is crap. Add to that I seriously doubt anyone ever looked at this from a perception standpoint and thought wow, they are making this guy rich. I would disagree…Any time someone is allowed to vote on this, on the Hall of Fame ballot, and that person injects personal bias into their vote, they should lose the [privilege].”

    According to Jacob Ellsbury, the reason he made that more than a little disappointing move to Camp Lucifer (aka signed with Scott Boras) was the place structure put into place by the agent: “It was a situation where I talked to Scott in college, so I knew Scott and had met him. But it wasn’t the best fit for me at that time…Talking to some of the big league guys on the Red Sox, other than the comfort level with what he does with management, it was a good fit for me. I was looking for the best representation possible. They also offer the fitness aspect and everything. I just have to go out and play, don’t have to worry about anything else and that’s what I wanted.” Translation: “Hey, he got over $500 million for freakin A-Rod over the years–what can he do for me?”

    Pitchers and Catchers: 10 weeks today!

    One Response to “December 6, 2007:
    What the heck just happened here?”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, the fact there is no deal sort of confirms my initial suspicion: if the Sox made an offer the Twins liked, fine. If it kept Santana from the Yankees and we never ended up with him, well that was fine too.

      We DON’T need him: he’d be great, yeah. But I honestly think this was more about keeping him from NY/making them give away the house than actually signing him.

      Hopefully, it’ll still get done. As far as Jacoby, I hate to say it, but if I were a ballplayer, THAT would be who I signed with. Guy gets the big money for his clients, no doubt about it.

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