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Nice job.

Manny has taken over Arod's time of year and Scott Boras is doing his best to portray Jason Varitek as the second coming Christ.

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Wow, I think Curt Schilling just officially bought his ticket out of Boston. The Boston media will have a field day with one. Last I checked, if a player wants to get his name out, he does it through an agent.

Curt Schilling said Monday that he'd consider pitching for the Diamondbacks next season.

Schilling hasn't decided whether he'll pitch at all in 2009 and would likely only be available in the second half anyway following shoulder surgery. "If I come back and play, it will be for half of a season," Schilling said. "It will be for a contending team. Arizona is absolutely one of those teams I would consider. I

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I want a rotation of :

Beckett

Lester

Matsuzaka

Lowe

Masterson

I don't want Tex, I think he's over rated and over priced. I would love to see us sign Tek and trade for Salty in Texas (use a combination of a few of the group of Coco, Bowden, Buccholz, etc.). I know Tek could be expensive, but Boras has to know no one will pay that money for him. Use Wake in the pen if we don't bring back Cash and go for Salty and Tek to mentor him.

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I want a rotation of :

Beckett

Lester

Matsuzaka

Lowe

Masterson

I don't want Tex, I think he's over rated and over priced. I would love to see us sign Tek and trade for Salty in Texas (use a combination of a few of the group of Coco, Bowden, Buccholz, etc.). I know Tek could be expensive, but Boras has to know no one will pay that money for him. Use Wake in the pen if we don't bring back Cash and go for Salty and Tek to mentor him.

Mainly over priced! :lol:

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Like how the Yanks got Swisher. I've liked Swisher since the A's, so, hopefully it'll be good for us. I guess we're not getting Teixeira then huh? lol...

Oh man... i can just see the money slipping out of the bag of Steinbrenners Inc... man.. CC, Burnett, Lowe... goodness gracious..

I want the Yanks to win... but how much do we have to spend?

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http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2008-11-10-rankings-explainer_N.htm' target="_blank">http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/20...explainer_N.htm[/post]

fun little article i stumbled upon...disagree with a few things but its pretty interesting the way they scored everything.

Pretty interesting stuff. I'd like to see how many points in each catagory the team had. The affordability catagory didnt score the Red Sox many points.

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Like how the Yanks got Swisher. I've liked Swisher since the A's, so, hopefully it'll be good for us. I guess we're not getting Teixeira then huh? lol...

Oh man... i can just see the money slipping out of the bag of Steinbrenners Inc... man.. CC, Burnett, Lowe... goodness gracious..

I want the Yanks to win... but how much do we have to spend?

How many pitchers do the Yanks plan on signing? I was hoping the Mets would sign Lowe... o well I'll be happy with K-Rod.

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They want an ace (Sabathia), then Lowe and Burnett are Mussina and Pettitte's replacement, potentially.

I think it's kind of odd that the Yanks would rather have Moose back than Pettitte. Nothing's been said exactly, but from how things are playing out...

I wouldn't mind seeing Sabathia here, but at what cost? 6 years at 140 mil, possibly 150 mil is .... gargantuan.

I see the rotation (if Yanks sign Sabathia)

CC

Wang

Burnett

Joba

Hughes (if Moose retires and Pettitte is offended he hasn't been offered a contract yet.)

Either way, the whole economic crisis goes out the window with the Yanks. :rolleyes:

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How many pitchers do the Yanks plan on signing? I was hoping the Mets would sign Lowe... o well I'll be happy with K-Rod.

NEW YORK -- The Yankees made a record-breaking six-year, $140 million offer to free-agent starter CC Sabathia on Friday as the first part of their plan to overhaul their starting rotation, Hank Steinbrenner, one of the team's co-chairmen, confirmed.

And offers to pitchers A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe won't be far behind.

Reached at his office in the Yanks' Tampa Bay Spring Training complex, Steinbrenner was asked by the Associated Press if an offer was made to Sabathia.

"Yes," Steinbrenner said. "And we're prepared to make offers to Burnett and Lowe."

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I was hoping no one saw that offer :rolleyes:

The offers to Burnett, Lowe will be ridiculous as well, as well as the trade package that could possibly land Peavy.

SOOOOO.

Steinbrenners rotation for the new season is this

Sabathia

Peavy

Burnett

Lowe

Chamberlain

Bullpen: Kennedy, Hughes, Bruney,Edwar Ramirez, Mo

And of course, theres Teixeira, which he'll offer a mega million dollar contract as well, send off Cano and Melky, sign Orlando Hudson... one better reasons of not living in New York anymore : No more NYPost, Newsday, etc sports rumors and ramblings about the Yanks. :lol:

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Scott Boras has sent out a new promotional flyer on Vartek:

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And from the Globe about Lugo:

The Boston Globe's Nick Carafdo believes the Tigers are "contemplating a deal with Boston to send either Nate Robertson or Dontrelle Willis for (Julio) Lugo, but some money issues must be resolved."

It's a deal that's been whispered for a while now, but it's still unclear if there's really anything to it. Lugo is owed $18 million over the next two years, while Robertson is due $17 million and Willis is set to earn $22 million. Especially after factoring in the cash, Robertson looks like the more attractive property. However, his ERA has gone from 3.84 in 2006 to 4.76 in 2007 to 6.35 last season.

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Way to go Pedroia the Destroia! AL MVP!

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/reds..._pedroia_1.html

Pedroia received 16 first-place votes from the 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city. Pedroia was listed second on six ballots, third on four, and fourth on one for a total of 317 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th.

Morneau (.300, 23 HR, 129 RBI), the 2006 winner, received seven first-place votes and was the runner-up with 257 points.

Youkilis (.312, 29 HR, 115 RBI) got two first-place votes and finished third with 201 points.

Papi Knows Best: "If I can only pick one, I gotta give it to Pedroia. He did something that . . . it's just not normal. The guy carried this team for, I would say, since Day 1 all the way to the end . . . With Pedroia, it was day in and day out, putting this team on his back and made sure that his teammates were ready to go, too. I never saw anything like that before." - Big Papi

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Still no love OR respect for the catching position. Don't mind Pedroia winning it, although the hype could've gotten him in alone, but to put Morneau second and Youkilis third (third!) is BAFFLING. What the hell does Mauer have to do to get some respect!? Hit 50 home runs?

SUCH a joke.

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BOSTON -- For more than a year, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that he did not feel any urgency to deal center fielder Coco Crisp and that he would only do so if it improved the team.

Epstein finally found that opportunity on Wednesday, dealing the speedy center fielder to the Royals for reliever Ramon Ramirez.

Ramirez, a 27-year-old righty, went 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 71 games in 2008. He registered 70 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings.

The trade was first reported by Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City on Wednesday morning. Ramirez confirmed it to MLB.com from the Dominican Republic shortly thereafter, adding that the Royals informed him of it shortly after 10 a.m. ET.

"I feel fine about it because I realize baseball is a business and every team tries to do the best for their organization," Ramirez said by phone through an interpreter. "If I'm going to Boston, I'm going happily and I will work as hard as I worked for Kansas City."

Because Jacoby Ellsbury is viewed as Boston's center fielder of the present and future, Crisp was deemed to be expendable.

But with Crisp's value as a defender and a baserunner, Epstein chose to hang on to him in 2008. It paid off, as several injuries to other members of the Red Sox -- not to mention some inconsistency by Ellsbury offensively -- enabled Crisp to have 361 at-bats.

The switch-hitter batted .283 with seven homers and 41 RBIs, stealing 20 bases.

Crisp's most memorable at-bat during his time with the Red Sox came in Game 5 of the 2008 American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. On the 10th pitch of his at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning, Crisp rifled a game-tying single to right field, bringing Boston all the way back from a 7-0 deficit.

The Red Sox went on to win the game to stave off elimination and also won Game 6 before bowing out with a 3-1 loss in Game 7.

Crisp was brought to Boston via a trade from the Indians in January 2006. The hope was that he could replace Johnny Damon in both center field and the leadoff spot.

But Crisp's time with the Red Sox got off to an ominous start, as he fractured his left index finger in the fifth game of the season. Though he returned six weeks later, Crisp struggled offensively for much of 2006 (.264 average) and '07 (.268).

As it turned out, Crisp hit mainly toward the bottom of the order during his three years with the Sox. Crisp is an aggressive hitter and Boston likes to have a more patient approach from the leadoff spot.

Crisp had a strong finish to 2008, hitting .375 in September.

As for Ramirez, he figures to join Hideki Okajima and Manny Delcarmen as key setup relievers for Jonathan Papelbon. It is unknown at this stage if Justin Masterson, a star setup man for the Red Sox down the stretch, will move back to his more natural role of starting.

Ramirez looks forward to the challenge that awaits him in Boston.

"Of course, it's a big motivation to go to a team like Boston, but don't forget, with every team -- no matter how good or bad they are -- you have to prove yourself and you have to contribute to the team," Ramirez said.

Over three seasons, Ramirez has pitched in 154 games, all in relief, posting a 3.62 ERA.

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article....sp&c_id=bos

Kind of sorry to see Coco go. Thought he was a decent player for the Sox.

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Wow, good find Max. Sorry to see Coco go too but he deserves a starting roll somewhere and Jacoby, who's part of the future of this team, is obviously going nowhere. It was great having two starting center fielders but we know that wasnt going to last.

Now, can we please put Masterson back in the rotation?

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Now will Ellsbury emerge again or will he continue to slump down?

well we're banking on the former

I'll be curious if we continue to pursue Burnett. This would seem to indicate a move of Masterson back to the rotation, putting it at Beckett-Lester-DiceK-Masterson-Wake. Throw Buchholz and Michael Bowden into the mix and there's no room without making another move, which would presumably be our oft-rumored trade for a catcher.

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Now will Ellsbury emerge again or will he continue to slump down?

Im sure there will be plenty of ups and downs but the kid has way to much talent to stay in a slump forever. And if he does slump, the Sox are great at plugging holes from within when needed. It'll be interesting to see who hey sign for the 4th outfielder, Rocco Baldelli seems to be the target per dirtdogs.com.

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