Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The non-Theo lead Sox decided not to resign Mike Myers, Bill Mueller and Johnny Damon to multi-year deals that they eventually inked. Epstein likely would not have paid the price for anyone of the trio and certainly now that we know the Sox 2006 objective.
After acquiring Mike Lowell in the Josh Beckett trade, which Theo must have endorsed due to the unnecessary extension he gave the righthander, the Sox had two capable players to man the hot corner. Signing an aging third baseman with bad knees to a two-year deal with depth at the position is not sensible. Bill Mueller was not coming back even for a one-year deal.
As for Mike Myers, the Sox did not want to be handcuffed again with a reliever that could only face one batter in a high leveraged situation. Theo signed onto this theory as he did not get another LOOGY before Opening Day. As we know, he did re-acquire a lefty reliever, but Theo went out of his way to pronounce that Javier Lopez could get both lefties and righties out. Like Mueller, Myers wasn’t coming back.
The next post will dive into the Johnny Damon decision. It was a little more complex than the above two.