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  • December 17th, 2009

    December 17, 2009:
    The Drawing of the Two…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox unveiled their 2 newest acquisitions yesterday, in separate press conferences, and both players said all the right things, about how happy and excited they are to play for the Boston Red Sox…

    From John Lackey’s meet and greet: “Obviously I’ve been here for some big games and really competed against these guys quite a bit. I’m here to win. That’s the bottom line. I’ve always had a lot of respect for this organization from the other side. Winning is the biggest thing for me and I know this organization has a great chance to do that, and hopefully I can help out.”

    Lackey is a career 102-71 pitcher with a 3.81 ERA–and let’s not forget how, as a rookie, he romped on Barry Bonds and the Giants in Game 7 to win the 2002 World Series…

    And while the average for Lackey is $16.5 million a year, the breakdown is a $3.5 million signing bonus, and an $18 million salary in 2010. In 2011-2014, his salary will be $15.25 annually. There is also up to a $1 million in performance incentives for each of these 4 years…

    Then we have Mike Cameron, 3-time Gold Glove Center Fielder, who is a career .250 hitter with 265 homers and 925 RBI’s: “I still feel that I’m able to move around pretty good and I played probably one of the better center fields this year that I’ve played in a long time. I’m not knocking the other years that I’ve played, because I try to play it well every year and that’s just a part of who I am. It’s part of trying to go out and do the craft to the best of my ability to help the team defensively and definitely put a sense of calm in the pitchers…I haven’t really been this excited about coming somewhere since I first came to the big leagues.

    Cameron’s signing details are a $1 million signing bonus, with a salary for 2010 and 2011 of $7.25 million.

    Interesting tidbit: When Cameron was in the minors with the White Sox, his Manager for Single and Double A was the same man who was his hitting coach when he was a rookie in he bigs: Terry Francona…

    So now the Sox need to find a bat–the bigger the better–will it be one of the Adrians? Or Matt Holliday?

    BUT, message to Theo: YOU CANNOT TRADE JACOBY ELLSBURY…PERIOD… A player with his speed and running game is hugely unique–he stole 70 bases last year–and every year he plays he gets better, and he is only 26 years old. And, Theo, if you trade him, every young girl under the age of 21 will boycott the Red Sox and not come out of their room for about 6 months…

    Do you really want that amount of teenage angst on your conscience?

    Unfortunately, it seems that Jason Bay has decided not to return to the Sox–that the offers were not sufficient–obviously, anything can happen–but I just hope he does not sign with the Skanks–Seattle, or the Mets is fine…

    Speaking of Skanks–apparently, Skeezy Bastard isn’t so much the golden boy anymore. Oh, the Skanks would not mind getting Johnny Damon back, but not for the 3-year, $39 million contract Scott Boras says is the minimum opening offer…What he actually said was something to the effect of: ” not to bother unless it was for at least three years and no less than the $13 million he made in 2009.” The Skanks seem to think that a 2-year $18-19 million contract is fair. So Damon is looking elsewhere… Skeezy and Satan–a match made in hell if ever heard one…

    Speaking of hell–the whole waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Mike Lowell to the Rangers for a bag of ball deal is getting more painful by the day–I cannot even imagine what its like for him…And Theo was certainly at his lawyerly best when he had this to say about the deal: “Certain times, transactions are slowed down by logistical issues, not necessarily issues that are critical to a trade, merely logistical issues. Usually those logistical issues take no more than 10 days or so to resolve.” Huh?

    And while Casey Kotchman is a fine player, trading Mike Lowell to get him more playing time–he would be the everyday 1st baseman, and Youk would love to 3rd–is a freaking bad move…Period…

    Coming up: More Hot Stove, More Waiting, More of the Same… and More Christmas Shopping!

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