Thursday, July 27, 2006
Buster Olney is reporting that...
Heard from two talent evaluators yesterday that Boston is very active in trying to come up with a large and creative deal, involving more than two teams. Smart thinking, one of them said, if it all works. Crazy stuff you wouldn't normally think of, said another. An executive with an AL team reports that he's heard that a scout was rushed off his area coverage to go scout Boston minor leaguers.
Buster finishes by stating that... Red Sox executives are mum; execs from other teams say they are very active.
It should be no surprise that Yawkey Way is silent. Don Theo's voice will be the only one from the Sox on baseball operations. It was a "condition" of his return.
The Sox leaving no rock unturned shouldn't be a surprise either. John Henry urges the Baseball Operations team to work less. It takes long 16+ hour days to come up with three and four way deals, and I bet whatever the Sox have in the hopper involves Miguel Tejada.
We know the Olde Towne Team had and probably still has interest (they are rumored to be on the lesser Lugo) in Tejada, the Sox have no long-term solution (Pedroia will be a solid second baseman, but he is not a top SS in the field or at the plate; he just doesn't have enough power.) at the first or second toughest position to field with a good hitter, and the O's have the former MVP on the block. We also know that, according to Jayson Stark, that the O's "would prefer to get a pitcher (or three) back." Not only do the Sox have the young four horseman in Boston, but also have nice prospects in Mike Bowden, Clay Buchholz, and Edgar Martinez. The Sox have pitching prospect depth to deal, which is exactly what the O's want. It appears to be a nice match, but the dollars screw things up.
I'll get into the numbers over the weekend and a need for a third team or fourth club to get involved. I've been putting in good number of hours at the day job and trying to work out my Sox and Jimmy Buffett ticket issues for this weekend. It happens folks, as you know.