I am hearing three things about the Red Sox this week, none official or confirmed, but reported in enough mainstream sources to make me have to consider them (something which, as we know, I tend to put off as long as possible during the Hot Stove Season).
The three things are:
1. The Red Sox are apparently going to pay the perenially injured J.D. Drew (.283/.393/.498 last season)--I will now attempt to type this without italics or incredulous exclamation points--$15 million per year over the next five years.
2. It is also rumored that Manny will be traded this week, probably to the West Coast.
3. Now that the pricey rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka face-time have been secured, the Red Sox and Matsuzaka are rumored to be "far apart" on a deal. Matsuzaka wants $15 million per year. The Red Sox want to pay him $9 million.
OK. I will attempt to keep from going all Dan Shaughnessy here, because who knows what will actually happen, and because having a heart attack by age 30 is really not a road I want to go down any further.
I'm no business whiz or expert in baseball negotiations, so bear with me while I try to get this straight. We're going to get rid of the injury-prone Trot Nixon for an equally if not more injury-prone right fielder with similar stats, but pay him twice as much...and we're going to blow eleventy gazillion dollars and fly our FO execs to Japan in the middle of the off-season to talk to the supposed Japanese Pedro Martinez, and then...offer him $9 million a year? Do I have this right? And apparently J.D. Drew is worth $75 million and being locked into a trade-killing 5-year blockbuster deal, but Manny's regular-like-clockwork 40/130 and protection for Papi in the lineup isn't worth another $20 million in 2007? Do I have this right? We're going to overpay for an outfield of J.D. Drew, Coco Crisp and Wily Mo Pena, while Matsuzaka awaits the Yankees' offers over in Seibu because we wouldn't pay him and Manny lights up ballparks all over California because we wouldn't pay him? And we're also still looking into Julio Lugo at short when we had a perfectly good Alex Gonzalez? And we don't have a closer and there are no prospects in sight? And...?
I mean, am I missing something here?
Someone pass me my pills.