Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BoSox starting quest to dethrone Yanks

The Boston Red Sox have started reshaping their team in preparation for another run at the Yankees next year. They have declined an option on shortstop Alex Gonzalez. They named catcher Victor Martinez the starter, ending team captain Jason Varitek's reign (although he could still accept a backup role for $3 million, more than he would likely get with any other team). They already re-signed knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who the Yanks usually have trouble hitting, to a two-year deal.

The big question is whether they will re-sign Jason Bay or move on to Matt Holliday, the biggest offensive free agent. Personally, I would think that Bay would be the more attractive option. He played great after arriving in Boston via the Manny Ramirez trade. Most importantly to Red Sox fans, he was clutch in many games against the Yankees, while Holliday would be unproven in the greatest rivalry in all of sports.
And he would seem to be the cheaper option as Holliday's agent, Scott Boras, apparently is looking for Mark Teixeira money (8 years at $180 million). Boras may try to make it appear that the Yanks are interested to drive up the price, but I don't think Brian Cashman wants or needs Holliday. Of course, this being the Yankees, never say never.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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