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  • January 21st, 2009

    January 21, 2009:
    And you expect us to believe…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:24 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    That Jason Varitek was totally clueless to the fact that he was a Type A Free Agent, which means that whoever signed him (other than the Sox) would have to give up a 1st round draft pick? Evidently that is the case. ‘Tek told this to Heidi Watney of NESN, while also accepting complete responsibility for deciding not to accept the salary arbitration. So let me get this straight. He is complete absolving Satan of any wrongdoing, but throwing himself under the bus? But isn’t it his agent’s JOB to let his client know about all of his options–not to mention the fact that he is a Type A Free Agent??? And, apparently, the Sox have not been returning Satan’s phone calls, and ‘Tek wanted to “clear the air”. Uh huh…

    It seems the Jason Varitek situation is fraught with TONS of very bad choices–his choice of an agent (that is a given) as well as his choice to follow the advice of said agent–unless Boras was too busy getting Toxemia his big bad contract from the Skanks to be bothered. And then coming out publicly that the situation is HIS fault…To me, it smacks of manipulation and “Satan sending a minion to do damage control–for Satan”

    But the $64,000 question is: will it work?

    Once again, Theo and his streak of a hearing-less arbitration season is intact, having agreed to 1 year contracts with the only 2 arbitration eligible players with the club: Jonathan “I set the standard for all closers” and Javier Lopez…

    And I guess Paps IS setting the standard, as his $6.25 million contract is the highest amount ever received by a 1st year arbitration-eligible relief pitcher–and that makes him the 11th highest paid reliever in the game right now. He made $ 775,000 in 2008. Lopez will be getting a raise as well for the 2009 campaign, with a 1-year $1.35 million deal. He made $840,000 last year…

    So the Sox designated David Aardsma and Dave Pauley for assignment in the last couple of days –then traded them for some pitchers. Fabian Williamson from the Mariners (Single A) was tradee for Aardsma, and Randor Bierd from the Oreos was the pitcher traded for David Pauley…Not impressed–but I guess you only get as well as you trade…

    Coming up: This Jason Varitek things is getting weirder by the dayr–cannot wait to see what happens next…

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