I found out this morning (11/15) that the WS Trophy, along with Yale
Alums Theo Epstien and Larry Lucchino (no word on players if any), will
be in New Haven on 11/17 around Noon for a rally. I may or may
not attend…depends if I can get away from work for a little while.
No real updates on free agent news…all the Sox eligible have filed,
and it seems totally up in the air as to what will happen. Here's
what I think:
- Pedro: I don't think he'll get a much better offer than
the one the Sox gave him…someone might drive the price up just a tad,
but I'm guessing he stays right here.
- Lowe: Thanks for the playoff heroics…but I still won't mind seeing you in another uniform in 2005.
- Tek: Tough one. The one guy everybody would like to
keep, but early indications are that his agent (uber-scumbag Scott
Boras) is going to make it impossible. Any Sox fan with half a
brain realizes that Tek, while valuable, isn't worth 5/50. And
the no-trade demand seems to be a smokescreen, because the Sox sure
aren't going to give it, and he would become a 10/5 guy after next
season should he remain on the team anyway.
- The OC: I think that he will end up with a better deal
elsewhere…more than the Sox are willing to give, with super-prospect
Hanley Ramierez on the horizon.
Regarding non-Sox FAs that could end up here…today's Hartford Courant
seems to indicate that Pavano has pretty much narrowed it down to
Sox/Yanks. Could be interesting…if Pavano comes back, and Pedro
is retained…the Sox starting pitching makes them the odds-on favorite
to repeat (heh, heh…repeat. Yeah, that's right. Say it
again. REPEAT! Which means that the Sox are WORLD SERIES
CHAMPIONS. Still pinching myself a few times a day.) It also means that the Sox become that much more like the Yanks regarding the stockpiling of free-agent talent.
So what do YOU think will happen?