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Friday, December 08, 2006

Gagne With A Spoon    

Looks like Eric Frankengagne has been low-balled by the Sox and the signing is in question.  They're balking at the $5m guarantee that Scott Boras seeks.  After seeing his medical records.  Hmm.  When you consider that the Sox are a) desperate for relief help, b) rich, and c) friendly with Boras, doesn't that seem weird?  I mean, they need a guy like Gagne, desperately, and they aren't using their financial clout to blow Texas and Cleveland out of the water.  Methinks they doubt his health... makes me a little less interested in the possibility.  Not that it'd be a bad sign if it goes through, but I'm not gonna be heart-broken over it.

Also worth noting that Manny Ramirez is still on the team, and Theo has gone into what he calls "listen-only" mode with regard to a trade.  That means someone will have to offer the closer and prospects Theo demands.  Not too likely, which is fine by me.  But I'm totally on-board with their current strategy... "he's available, but we're not pushing anymore, so if you're not serious about meeting our demands, we're not gonna waste a second of our time on your ass."  Tell 'em, Steve-Dave!!!

2 Comments:

  • Hmmm. This post got errata like a MFer.

    1) The last bit explaining Manny policy as of midnight yesterday is NOT a quote despite being in quotes. It's a paraphrasing of imagined remarks. Nobody actually said it. Maybe it's obvious, but I just wanted to make that clear.

    2) However, someone definitely DID say "tell 'em, Steve-Dave!!!"

    That is all.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 2:12 PM  

  • I keep hearing Gagne at $6M with incentives is going to beat our price, so it would seem like we'd rather have Timlin close than lay out that kind of money for a reliever. Hoewever, I wonder if the Pirates and Mariners would be interested in a deal where the M's send Sexson to Pittsburgh, who are looking for a power bat at 1B, and get a Pirates reliever in exchange for paying big chunk of the salary. Of course, some prospects need to be thrown in (to the Sox, from the Sox, to the Mariners). It seems silly that the Red Sox wouldn't pay for Gagne, but they'd be willing to pay about as much, maybe more, for Torres or Gonzales and a prospect or two. However, Gagne's salary would be harder to trade, and the chances of him getting hurt and having the money go wasted is a high probability. I'd still rather have Gagne, but since it looks like we won't get him, this could be an alternative.

    By Blogger chas, at 11:18 AM  

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