Saturday, December 27, 2008
Mark Teixeira not signing a four plus year contract with the Sox is good, but inking a deal with the MFY is bad as it makes the head-to-head games versus the Evil Empire and T.B. Devils much more important. Three teams will be vying for only two playoff spots.
The MFY signing the Depending on a MFY everyday lineup, T-Rex could be a four to five win improvement over Melky Cabrera (Nick Swisher would play center instead of first). That is double the projected win increase for the Sox and coupled with their superior incremental revenue made signing T-Rex a no brainer. Unlike the Sox, the Evil Empire should make enough in the first few years of Teixeira’s deal to offset any potential losses in the back end of the contract.
If the Sox were so hot-to-Trot Nixon over T-Rex for two years, it seems that the Sox did not plan well for the opportunity (i.e. offering a competitive contract to Mike Lowell), which is contrary to their focus.
"It can be a challenge to maintain a healthy, long-term outlook when the market is so intense and so focused on short-term rewards, like winning that night's game," Epstein said. "For the most part—a few of my personal mistakes aside—I think we've done a decent job of disciplining ourselves to see the big picture, always asking ourselves, 'How does this move affect us for the next five years . . . does this reinforce what we are trying to do long-term?'"
So where the Sox not whole heartedly in it to Teixeira? Was a real $170 million contract offer ever on the table or was it all non-binding correspondence? We’ll likely never know the answer.