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Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide

Posted on: December 19, 2008 10:18 am
Edited on: December 19, 2008 10:33 am
 

The Red Sox like to say they have their limits when it comes to negotiations. So in that sense, it's easy to believe owner John Henry's Thursday night that the Sox are now "not going to be a factor" for free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.

But here's the problem with that: You didn't need to have too many conversations with Red Sox people this winter to understand that Teixeira was the one player they really wanted. For Boston, much more than for any other team involved with Teixeira, there was never really any second choice.

Let's say the Red Sox really do move on from chasing Teixeira. Well, what exactly do they move on to? Obviously not Manny Ramirez. And not another outfielder, either, because the Sox are committed to Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew, with David Ortiz as the designated hitter.

Derek Lowe? Maybe, but once again, it didn't take many talks with Boston officials to know that adding a starting pitcher didn't really excite them. The Red Sox already have Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield atop their rotation, with Justin Masterson and Clay Buchholz ready to step in.

What the Red Sox need -- what they've needed since they traded Ramirez last July -- is a true middle-of-the-order hitter. Teixeira always fit them best.

Now does that mean they're prepared to outbid anyone else? Does that mean that if a team like the Nationals wants to go to $200 million for eight years, or maybe even more than that for 10 years, that the Red Sox would or should match it?

No it doesn't. Remember, they have their limits.

Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:43 am
 

Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide




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Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:06 pm
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:12 am
 

Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide



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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:44 pm
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Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2008 3:58 pm
 

Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide

If the Red Sox do sign Mark Teixeira they should send Julio Lugo packing not Mike Lowell. Lugo hasn't done jack for them since they signed him. But Lowell has gone above and beyond what they expected when they aquired him with Josh Beckett. The Red Sox could put Teixeira at first,  Dustin Pedroia at second, Mike Lowell at short, and Kevin Youkillis at third. Also why not revive those Lugo for Nate Robertson or Dontrelle Willis talks? It would be better to get someone who can bolster your farm system or starting rotation than keep a perreniale loser. 



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 5:47 pm
 

Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide

Isn't moving on a negotiating tactic?

They pretty much let Boras know that the demands as outlined in the meeting were not acceptable...

...and by announcing it to the world, they kept Boras from attempting to use the Sox as negotiating leverage against other teams.

If the market pushes downwards on Tex and Manny...then the trend should carry through to the lower tier free agents...

Tek for example should see the writing on the wall and take a lower figure to stay with a team/fan base who values him rather than go to a team whose fans may turn on him the moment they see the big ol' hole in that swing of his...

as always, its all about the benjamins.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2008 4:46 pm
 

Moving on, or a negotiating tactic? You decide

So Washington wants to do essentially what the Rangers did when they signed A-rod? Give one guy a ton of money that prevents you from getting anyone else of any value at all and watch that one player put up MVP like seasons while the team is 20-30 games below .500?


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