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If I were the GM of the Red Sox …

January 24, 2009

Rob Bradford emailed over to ask, “What would you do — just you — if you were the general manager of the Boston Red Sox right now, today, with Jason Varitek?”

First off, let’s get a few pieces out of the way.

1.  It’s not my money (literally) but I am making this decision based on the fact that we know a $2 million contract, or $22 million contract, has zero impact on anything this team might do.

2. I don’t have to sign Tek for anything above league minimum if I don’t want to.

3. I don’t have a No. 1 catcher.

So here’s my press release/press conference …

The Boston Red Sox would like to announce the signing of catcher Jason Varitek to a one-year, $8 million contract that contains a performance/mutual option for the 2010 season. If Jason is healthy and performs to standards he has achieved in years prior to 2008, he can earn a total of $10.5 million during the 2009 season.

Depending on your viewpoint you could argue that there was a significant mistake made by the agent in this situation, or that the club erred in thinking Jason would accept arbitration, coming off a year we know he considered disappointing.

Jason has been the cornerstone of two World Championships in the past five years. We have always known and recognized him as a key component on and off the field as well as a risk mitigator for any new or young pitcher we brought into the organization. That he was voted in, by his peers, to the 2008 All-Star Game is a fact that should not go unmentioned. In a day and age when the game, and the Red Sox, have placed so much emphasis on a player’s offensive production, it speaks volumes to the ‘intangibles’ Jason has that they were openly acknowledged and recognized by his peers.

In the past 10 years the Boston Red Sox have finished in the top four in league ERA eight times (finishing first three times). We feel that is attributable to the talented staffs we’ve had, and to the fact that Jason has been behind the plate pretty consistently that entire time.

Our goal every year is to win the World Series; 2009 is no different. Anyone that knows baseball knows that we stand a better chance to win in 2009 with Jason catching and healthy, than without.

So rather than push this situation to a place that might have seen us ‘win’ the negotiation, save money, and screw someone that has repeatedly tried to screw us, we didn’t. We wanted to make sure players around the game understand that the Red Sox value their personnel for what they bring both on and off the field, as well as at the plate and in the field.

It is much more important that we win ON the field rather than off of it. Jason is a player we hope has aspirations to retire in our uniform, because we believe this is where he belongs.

We are always on the lookout to improve this club and recognize that while Jason keeps himself in better shape than any catcher in the game, he is nearing a time when catching 130 games a year is not a realistic
option, or the club’s best choice. That is the other reason we felt compelled to make this happen.

Jason has set a standard for catching the “Red Sox way” and both parties agree that part of his responsibility to the team during the 2009 season will be to bring along Mr. Teagarden as the Red Sox next catcher.

Oh and that was the other thing. We’d like to announce a trade. We have traded Clay Buchholz, Pitching Prospect B and Position Player A to the Texas Rangers for Catcher Taylor Teagarden. (Fill in whatever names you need to that makes that trade happen).

50 Comments leave one →
  1. tdmtown permalink
    January 24, 2009 7:07 pm

    wow dude, you REALLY need to get up off your knees and put the knee pads AWAY,
    it’s getting a bit obvious and a bit pathetic.
    We get it, you’d like to see him back. We would too, just not at $8mil.
    How about this……you give Tek a couple million of the 8 million you stole from the Sox last year, and combined with a modest deal from the Sox, say 3 mil, he gets a fair payday.
    For your contribution, Tek does regular appearances on the “the Curt Schilling show, with Glen Ordway”

    Also, Mr. Businessman, 22 million is something that is “nothing” to the Red Sox???
    Howabout, maybe it’s the difference between breaking even or LOSING money in bad economy??
    Wow, 38 studios must not need to care about money either……Oh wait,
    wasn’t that you sucking wind on the big show looking for investors?
    You made close to ONE HUNDRED MILLION dollars since 2002 and you can’t finance a video game?? Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and pay for it yourself??
    THANK GOD you don’t run the Sox, my season tix would cost $500 a seat, all your old veteran pals would get multi year, EIGHT figure a year deals
    and they’d still lose money and probably a lot of games.

  2. Shindig permalink
    January 24, 2009 8:21 pm

    Or maybe? “we have traded Buchholz, Masterson, Lugo (taking a portion of his salary), Michael Bowden and another prospect for Teagarden and Michael Young”. Just a thought.

  3. john mcs permalink
    January 24, 2009 9:28 pm

    Well done.

    This is the best overview of the Sox / Varitek situation I have read, heard or watched. It’s logical, it’s the high road, it deals with the now and the future and it sends a clear message to potential free agents down the road, The Red Sox front office has your back.

    Very impressive.

  4. Alby permalink
    January 24, 2009 9:57 pm

    Great article Curt. I hope they find some common ground soon.Today I waited for hours on the sox virtual waiting room to buy a couple of tickets to no avail.It makes me not want to be a part of this scam anymore. The games are great on HD. What is the incentive for the sox to feed these scalpers (a.k.a agencies), at our expense? 300% mark up? What are the rules set by MLB for ticket resales?

  5. Charles permalink
    January 25, 2009 12:09 am

    Curt though I admired your work for the Sox since you signed with the team in 2004,I take issue with offering Tek anymore than an incentive laden contract which starts with a base of 5 million per and with production incentives he could achieve up to 8.5 million and I would include an option year for 2010 and that contract would be renegotiable based upon his reaching his maximum on the 2009 contract.Yes this a significant pay cut but based upon his offensive production and inability to throw runners out,he has not earned a larger contract,the 2010 contract can be a mutual option contract which would give the Sox the right of first refusal though it would allow Tek the right to extend automatically.I wouldn’t announce the Trading of Buchholz because as far as I’m concerned the Sox have a Catcher or 2 who could blossom in the Next 2 years,namely Exposito and Wagner,so given my druthers I would prefer to keep the extremely talented Buchholz…Since we already have 3 catchers in the System who can split time with Tek for the next 2 years Bard,Kottaras,and Brown…Buchholz reminds me of a younger version of you!Would you trade a comparitive too yourself??

  6. Jeff Mills permalink
    January 25, 2009 2:23 am

    Varitek is the captain of the team. Unless he decides to retire, you almost have to re-sign him. I just don’t see him playing anywhere else. Letting him go would be a huge mistake IMHO.

  7. Cody Bedell permalink
    January 25, 2009 2:26 am

    Thats the same thing i would do. If you look at the ERA we have had with him on this team there is no reson we should not resing him.

  8. Cody Bedell permalink
    January 25, 2009 2:29 am

    idk if i would give away Clay Buchholz hes got so much upside. Plus i dont see them tradeing him anyways.

  9. Nollie permalink
    January 25, 2009 3:29 am

    Curt, I think I’m speaking for the majority of Red Sox fans when I say: I wish you actually were our team’s GM right now!

  10. Teksgirl33 permalink
    January 25, 2009 3:32 am

    You are my hero!!!! 🙂

  11. chris permalink
    January 25, 2009 3:34 am

    not bad.
    except if you’re reducing his games/at-bats, how’s he gonna reach the performance incentives?

  12. January 25, 2009 6:29 am

    Curt, do you buy Tek’s statement that he wasn’t aware that declining arbitration would cause him to be less attractive to other teams who’d have to give up a first round pick to get him? If that’s the case, is Scott Boras so mercenary an agent that he would lie to his clients in order to make more money for himself?

  13. January 25, 2009 8:06 am

    Mr Schilling,

    Trade Bucholz?! I didn’t think I’d ever hear anybody say that. I thought he was an extremely highly regarded prospect in our system. Has his star fallen to some degree? Or do you like Teagarden that much? Or do you view catcher as that big of a need for the team? Or is it some combination of all of the above?

    Thank you for everything you’ve done, both on and off the field.

    Sincerely,
    NHFalcon

  14. Bob Lit permalink
    January 25, 2009 9:15 am

    In general I agree with you, but 3 points:
    You’re overstepping if you think 2 or 22 milion is irrelevant. Even for the Red Sox $20 million is relevant.
    Second, $8 million is too high. I know you love the guy but $5-6 million is more in line.
    Third, all it would take is Buchholz to get Salty. I certainly wouldn’t give up more for Teagarden and I’m not sure I’d give up Buchholz for either of them.
    And last, you can be a right wing conservative Republican without being a Gerry Callahan hate-filled over-the-top right wing nutcase. Just thought I’d stick that in there.

  15. January 25, 2009 10:25 am

    I love the way you drop the trade at the end…didn’t see that one coming 😉

    A few questions about it…

    1. What is the reasoning for Teagarden over Saltalamachia? Would you still be willing to give up Buchholz in a deal for Salty?
    2. With the way the Red Sox have constructed their staff with 3 young but very good, battle tested pitchers at the top and a deep group of veterans/younger players at the 4/5 spot ready to step in, does that make someone like Buchholz expendable in the right deal? Are you still high on Clay over the long haul?

  16. Edgtho permalink
    January 25, 2009 3:04 pm

    Nice pick with Teagarden. He was rated the second best defensive player in college and a Bronze medalist from the Olympics. When it comes to stopping another team’s running game and stolen bases, he’s the man you want behind the mound.

  17. Jack permalink
    January 25, 2009 3:26 pm

    Curt-

    I agree with your premise that the Sox need to sign Vatitek.

    I disagree, however, that the money isn’t the issue. In my mind, it’s the only issue. Irrespective to the fact that it’s not “our” money (though it is “ours” in the sense that many of us just wrote painful checks to the Boston Red Sox renewing season’s tickets), how high the Sox are willing to go will decide Jason’s future in Boston. Please don’t forget that Jason has tried – unsuccessfully – to test the free agency waters. He also declined – stupidly – going into arbitration. And while many put these decisions on the shoulders of his agent, Scott Boras, at some point at the end of a day, the reality must sink in to everyone that Varitek is the EMPLOYER, and Boras the EMPLOYEE.

    If, then, we agree that money is the deciding factor while acknowledging that seemingly no other team has an interest in Jason’s services, wouldn’t it make sense to offer him a two year guaranteed contract at +/- $6.5 million per year? Then, either Bard will be ready to step in, or the Sox can decide to break the bank for Joe Mauer.

    I recognize that Jason has been (and could continue to be) an important element to Red Sox pitching. I also agree that he was a vital link to World Championship teams. That is why I suggest the second year of his contract be guaranteed. No other team wants him for one year, much less two. But to prospectively treat him much differently than Messieurs Baldelli, Penny and Smoltz – players with some serious question marks – defeats the brilliant front office paradigm now long established by our home team. That is, maximize value absent the debilitating handicap of a fan’s emotion.

    Thanks. Keep up the interesting blog.

  18. DD1767 permalink
    January 25, 2009 4:07 pm

    There would be no issue if he’d hit better. It wasn’t just last year (or after the previous all star break). His decline has been steady. He reminds me a little of Trot Nixon. Always did a little, you always wanted/needed more. I love ‘Tek for what’s he’s been. Is it too much to expect/demand better offense at the position. The worse he does offensively, the more people talk about his “intangibles”. We want both, that’s that.

  19. Edgtho permalink
    January 25, 2009 4:15 pm

    Eh…think I should clarify on my last comment. He’s a nice pick if you had to lose Varitek but I am sure the Sox would prefer to keep him. He’s a powerhouse of a player and just saying the name you immediately think of the Red Sox.

  20. bosoxyaz8 permalink
    January 25, 2009 5:51 pm

    Well said agree 100 % Curt !!!!!
    GO CELTICS !!!

  21. baseball nut permalink
    January 25, 2009 6:59 pm

    38 Pitches you are dead on with the logics of why we should keep Tek another year
    or two.

  22. sdl1 permalink
    January 25, 2009 11:24 pm

    I’d LOVE to see ‘Tek back with that deal…but on the proposed trade for Teagarden…I’m leery about using Buchholz in any deal.

  23. Dori permalink
    January 26, 2009 10:27 am

    So…could you send those thoughts directly to the powers that be? Well put and well thought out. I just can’t picture Tek anywhere but Boston and I believe he deserves that after all he has given this franchise and this city.

    From your mouth to God’s ear….(Or Theo’s ear anyway)

    db

  24. Mike Parker permalink
    January 26, 2009 11:39 am

    Curt, you forgot to mention in your list of accolades that Varitek has caught four no-hitters. Would have been five, but some stubborn jack-ass shook him off in the 9th. Keep up the good work.

  25. tekfan permalink
    January 26, 2009 12:25 pm

    I am actually shocked that you Curt, a character guy, would sell out on Bucholz so publicly… ouch. So we gotta ask – why?

    Let me say, I luv having Tek – I actually named my son after him! – but let’s face it: Jason made a huge error allowing Boras to run roughshod and ruin yet another player’s bargaining position in declining arbitration. It’s unfathomable that Tek didn’t know that compensation draft choice would hurt his ability for other teams to make a play for his services… and if he really wanted to be a Red Sox at the end of the day, why not? Arbitration would have netted him the same $10 – $12MM in 2009 that he will get over TWO years in any contract now.

  26. Matt permalink
    January 26, 2009 12:29 pm

    Bring that money figure down to 4-5 million and we have a deal!

  27. paulkersey permalink
    January 26, 2009 12:43 pm

    Curt, your an idiot. You stole money from the Red Sox last year.

  28. Johnny Wannabe permalink
    January 26, 2009 3:33 pm

    Hi, Kurt, remember me? I am the 40-something YO pitcher that you gave some advice to last year in line at the grocery store. I am now tearing it up in the baseball academy this off season, and have added a foot to my fastball thanks to your tips. Thanks, Kurt — my league is just an over 40 league and none of us ever played higher than Little League, but we like it. If I hadn’t burnt out my arm as a 12YO, my Mom always thought I coulda pitched in the bigs, too. In fact, I still have my Little League stats tacked on the wall of my bedroom in the basement of Ma’s house.

    I think the Sox should sign Varitek for whatever it takes. I mean, my catcher can’t manage a game worth spit. I think I may have climbed over .500 last year if I had a smart catcher like Tek.

    PaulKersey is mean, Kurt — you are the best pitcher of your generation not named Randy or Pedro. Good luck, buddy. See you around town.

  29. Mike permalink
    January 26, 2009 4:04 pm

    Varitek has no leverage whatsoever. The Red Sox owe him nothing; they gave him a big contract years ago, put a C on his shirt, and he decided to play hardball in the offseason, after a miserable year at the plate, and “test the waters”. He sank. So screw it – he treated it like a business, he gambled, and he messed up. If some team’s willing to pay him $2 million plus a draft pick to sign him, I say we give him $2.1 million. Again… the Red Sox owe him nothing. Why would they pay $8 million, if no one else has even put forth a bid? That’s the mindset that put the Rangers, Yankees, and Giants in the position they’ve been in for the last 10 years.

  30. Jeff permalink
    January 26, 2009 4:43 pm

    Curt, I would have to think Tek would respectably decline your offer. He was offered arbitration (or an estimated $11M for one year) to play for the Sox and declined it. Now you’re going to offer him $8M and he’ll say yes? You must be one supremely talented and convincing GM. Either that or Mr. Intangibles doesn’t quite grasp that 11 > 8.

  31. January 26, 2009 8:42 pm

    Curt,

    Thanks for always sharing your player perspective with us fans. I believe Tek has been a BIG part of the past Red Sox success but he should have accepted arbitration. Tek made a mistake trying to play the market and now he deserves to feel the sting of that mistake.

  32. January 26, 2009 9:14 pm

    I completely agree; not that what I think matters, but…
    I thought $8M was the magic number for I’d say 2 years – because even when they bring someone on like a Teagarden (sp), there’s going to be benefit for the weaning off of Jason and onto someone else. I think he’s got 2 more years in him for sure.

  33. January 26, 2009 11:26 pm

    An open letter to Jason Varitek,

    Jason Varitek, you are the Captain of the legendary Boston Red Sox: that should officially make you my ultimate hero since all Red Sox have been heroes to me since birth and you have been the leader of my heroes for the latter part of my life. Tonight as I write this letter, you sit there mulling over an offer from your team that you are the leader of, and are uncertainty as to whether you are going to sign it. If you were certain, you would have signed it already, but you haven’t, which makes me wonder the reasons why.

    Is it Fear? Is it that you fear that you will not be able to live up to the high dollars being invested in you in this guaranteed contract of 8 million dollars over two years? That’s a big contract to live up to. That type of salary requires Elite Performance in all facets of the game. Could it be fear?

    Is it pride? Would it really wound your pride to know you’d be taking a fifty percent pay cut to play the game you love on the team you lead in front of fans who adore and appreciate you? You’ve made some mistakes over the past few months, but we’ll get to those later. What sits before you is 8 million dollars to afford all of the luxuries of life as, again, being the captain of a World Series caliber team for the next two years. I can’t imagine anything I’d like to achieve more in my life than to have somebody give me an opportunity like this! Is it really pride?

    Is it disgust? It certainly can’t be disgust that you’re feeling right now. Looking at 8 million dollars is nothing to be disgusted about. With 8 million dollars, there are Elderly who can’t pay for their medications, living horrible lives at the end of their years. That 8 million could save tens of thousands of them. But for you 8 million is an insult? Is that possible? Do you feel insulted? It can’t be.

    Or is this whole mulling process simply a continued attempt to be sly? We all know who your friend in all of this is: he’s the one that got you in this mess to begin this. He’s the one that told you there were multiple years and tens of millions that were sitting out there in a bad baseball market in a country that is going through an economic crisis. He also told you to scoff at the Red Sox’s offer for arbitration, which would have yielded you money similar to what you got last year. This is where you made your mistakes. You chose to listen and you chose to play the market which, unfortunately, did not exist. Declining the Red Sox offer instantly forced any team out there to have to not only pay you, but also give the Red Sox a piece of their future. I am sure that you knew this unless he didn’t tell you. Going back to the economic crisis, most baseball teams have put a high value on those young players that don’t cost much, but still can get the job done. So, to fork them over to another team hurts them greatly. This truly has nothing to do with you as a player, it has to do with teams being unwilling to pay you to play and sacrifice their future at the same time. How much more sly can you be? Why continue that route? Has the game of being sly not come to an end? Does holding out any longer better help to solve the simple fact that you are sitting in an enviable position?

    Today, go with your heart and understand that he does not care how you feel in all of this. He is the only one that is making you feel bad regarding the current offer. I, as a member of Red Sox Nation, want you to know that YOU are the Captain of the Boston Red Sox. You need to be here, this is your team. Playing here is why you love the game so much and the fans adore you to no end. Don’t let fear, pride, disgust or being sly ever blind you from how amazing the glory, the sportsmanship, and the loyalty feels from the players and the fans in the cozy confines of Fenway Park towards their one and only Captain.

    Home plate at Fenway Park belongs to you…come back and reclaim it.

    Sincerely,
    Tim Beqiri

  34. joeshmo permalink
    January 27, 2009 8:50 am

    Long Live The Captain !! The man is a superhero, he is the Red Sox’s personal Guru, We are very lucky to have Him, and for all those haters out there…your Yankees hats are on clearance at Wal-Mart. A player like Varitek only comes along every 1,000+ years, the whole civilized world knows that he belongs to us-and we belong to him!!!! Long Live The Captain !! And Long Live Curt Schilling!!

  35. January 27, 2009 10:25 am

    I have to tell you, Curt, I was always impressed that you represented yourself. I have to assume that means you learned quite a bit about the business side of baseball. I won’t even pretend to know anything about it, but it seems to me that our beloved Captain needs someone to call him up, tell him to sign the two-year deal before it is retracted (because he does need to retire in Boston)–and also to kick his current agent to the curb. I know there must be a lot of mutual respect between you & Tek, so maybe he would listen to you. Lord knows who he needs to stop listening to! Hmmm…perhaps you could represent Tek? Ever feel the calling to be an agent?

  36. January 27, 2009 10:36 am

    A catcher plays the hardest position of any player on the field. The physical and mental demands are huge. Commenters who focus only on his offensive stats are obviously clueless. If I were a GM, I would definitely listen to the pitchers for their input.

  37. Ricky permalink
    January 27, 2009 5:39 pm

    All I can say is I feel the offer was low. He had a not so good year(2008) offensively but what he brings behind the plate, to his fellow players and his leadership of the field should count for something. I hope he can take this offer and continue to be our captain. I hope the players rally around Tek call him and support him.

  38. Bob Dyl permalink
    January 27, 2009 7:36 pm

    Kurt
    I run the Challenger Division for Portsmouth RI. Little League. I have been involved in LL baseball for 18 years. My youngest son Caleb loves baseball and has played since T-Ball. When his safety came in question I started our Challenger Division for children with disabilities. We are starting our 3rd season. We finished last season with 28 children which we made into two teams. We had our first mini Jamboree last year and are planning our 2nd. We invite teams from RI and MA. I recieved a letter from LL international about an offer to have Wally appear at various functions. Our is on the 14th of June so I jumpped on the opportunity. Then I got their price. I was shocked. We charged nothing for these children to play and we supply full uniforms. I let them know that but got the same response. Any thoughts?
    Thank you
    Bob
    PLL Challenger

  39. Bob Dyl permalink
    January 27, 2009 7:57 pm

    Curt
    Sorry for the misspell just a bit worked up. Thank you for all you have done for Red Sox Nation. My Grandfather past away just after the Sox won the World series. He was 94 and had been waiting a long time. Thank you
    Bob
    PLl

  40. Babe Ruth permalink
    January 28, 2009 4:55 pm

    I wish you were a GM too.

    So the Red Sox could finish last every year.

  41. January 28, 2009 6:10 pm

    Is curt done? Does he still have it? Can he swim?

  42. Ricka permalink
    January 28, 2009 7:33 pm

    I think that Tek is finding out that times are tough. 8-10 % unemployment rates have left fans with less discretionary spending. I love baseball, but it is still just entertainment. People are hurting, and someone that is already a multi-millionaire asking for a few million more is turning fans off. Jason should sign where he wants to play. He already has more money than he could ever spend in his lifetime.
    During the parade after the 2004 World Series win, the duck boats happen to stop right in front of me while the front ones were entering the Charles. Jason just happened to be in the duck boat right in front of me. If you remember, he was in a contract year then also. He yelled over to me and my friend who had drove down from Maine “don’t worry, I’ll never leave the Sox”. I hope that is still true today as it was 4 years (and $40 million)ago.

  43. Hao permalink
    January 29, 2009 10:37 am

    Seriously, the Red Sox got to have him back. We can’t suppose we’ll grab a few nice catchers from triple-A, and expect them to catch a no-no tomorrow or the day after. Mr. Schilling, come back to Boston for another season or two, and please, do tell Mr. Epstein, we need Tek too.

  44. Komish permalink
    January 29, 2009 11:44 am

    Curt,
    I think any GM of the Redsox needs to consider three things going ito spring training. In this order of importance.
    1.) Sign Tek, or deal for a starting catcher. It appears Tek will balk at the Sat. deadline and the Sox will have to walk on Boras or forever be his stooge. Sox must deal Buckholtz or Bard for a catcher, preferably Teagarden. IRod is a Borras guy therefore not a one year option. Regardless , the Sox will shop for a future catcher throughout the year. Josh Bard is not the backup they are counting on, the three headed mosters in Pawtuckett arent ready.

    2.) Consider Mike Lowell, Ortiz and J.D Drews future health and secure a backup plan for the meat of the order if either is unable to produce for at least 500 AB’s. I would strongly consider signing Bobby Abreu for pennies on the dollar. He could be had for below market value this off season. He is a high OBP guy, very seletive at the plate, steals bases, has one of the best arms in right, will hit 20+ HR, and hit for .300 average. Will knock in ~100 runs. What is there not to like? I would take him straight up over JD Drew. He will go to NYY once they deal Nady and Swisher in spring Training. Sox should strike now, he isnt a Boras guy, he could be had for $3M right now. NYY is hoping he will be available later on. Sign him for two years, what do you have to lose? This will give them protection when Jason Bay becomes a FA next year. This would give you another option come trading dealine time if you cant lock up Bay. Put Abreu in Right, move Bay back to his natural position in Center, or use Drew in left. Eilsbury can start as a backup with Rocco or in Pawtucket, granted he can steal bases and is very good in the OF, but he too cant hit. I would rather 500 AB’s with Abreu over Eilsbury. If Lugo /Lowery dont cut it at short, you can use Eisbury to get a SS. If Drew goes down, with a bad back this is a good bet to happen, you would have Eisbury to fill in. You would have a solid lineup, if Lowell cant go, or Drew goes down and Abreu could protect Ortiz. They do need another bat if one or both go down like last year. If Ortiz has wrist problems, Abreu’s bat could fill the void. Having Abreu in the Lineup, you can have a weak hitting catcher (Varitek) and SS (Lugo/Lowery) in th lineup and survive. If Lowell is hurt, and you have Varitek, Lugo/Lowery, Eisbury and Kotsy in the lineup, you have no protection for Papi and the bottom of the order is awfull, just like last year. Abreu fixes all this..Adam Dunn is not the answer, he is weak defensively and whiffs too much.

    3.) Address SS if you cant get Abreu, need to upgrade the bat. Plenty of prospects to deal to upgrade with a Tejada or Jack Wilson type hitter.

    Pitching is set, farm is stacked, no need to do anything here. Sox bull pen has now become a strength and can support starters going only 6-7 innings. Sox pen is better than NYY and Tampa.

  45. Aaron permalink
    January 30, 2009 10:37 am

    I agree with curt…this is the most practical solution to ensure not only the success of the pitching staff but the team’s goals for 2009 and beyond…we all need to start taking a look at these moves in a big picture mind set and stop looking at each situation as it is our money that is being spent…the sox can afford a contract of this type and at the same time can’t afford catcher by committee…we have all seen in the past how position by committe doesn’t work in any sport…i am also confident that all the blow-hearts (directed to the folks above that think curt is homer and have a supposed better solution) that stated curt’s suggestion is out of line will be the ones first in line blowing gas mid season when we don’t have TEK and the team is not doing well (not that i personally feel the team will not do well) stating they were the lone voice saying sign him or what a bad move the sox will have made in not signing TEK (pick your poison either one is synomous with each of these know it alls)…good or bad i am a die hard boston sports fan but i dont live and die by each miss-step of our local team’s upper management…it is all part of the game and we should just take it for what is worth!

  46. January 30, 2009 10:45 am

    Wow Curt, wow. I like V-tek, too, and would like him to stay here, but this article is crazy. The Red Sox did nothing wrong here. They offered arbitration and they offered a contract. A contract for a lot more money than anyone else was willing to offer. Tek still makes a crazy amount of money for an older catcher that hit .220 over the last year. Saying anything accept, “tek, you need to accept this contract”, really makes you sound out of touch.

  47. January 30, 2009 12:41 pm

    Nice article. Even though I am not a Sox fan, I have always enjoyed watching you guys. Personally, for management to leave out to dry the captain of the team is a disgrace…it happens far to often in baseball.

  48. ann permalink
    January 30, 2009 2:41 pm

    well, we got our wish… SI says he signed 2 yr contract Hooray!!!

  49. bill permalink
    January 30, 2009 3:28 pm

    your the best curt!!

  50. Ken Melchin permalink
    January 30, 2009 3:59 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog from time to time. I never really write anything. I just felt like it today. In the last week over 200,000 jobs have been lost that we know about how many more were lost that are not reported. America is in a bad shape. Baseball is great, exciting, god nkows we love watching the Sox and we need distractions. I played ball, love the game with a passion. I was a pitcher and I wish I was talented enough to go to the show and make millions. We’ll I didn’t make it but have hada great life just the same. But the millions being shelled out for baseball players any sport for that matter is getting outragious. Tek is good catcher, I did it one season boy it sucked behind the plate especially when its 95 and humid but he is not worth 8 million, nor 5 million. Fenway will continue to be filled but at what cost. My company dropped there season tickets this year for every sport at every venue we had. we have told our 6,000 sales rpes no more sports tixs. We asked our employees to agree to no increases in pay and incentives this year. We were able to sned the savings to the consumer. LOok at what the Yanks just dropped, and combine it all together and itsa lot of money. The fans do pay some of this, key word is the fans, it benifits only those who care. Anyways I have no sympathy for holdouts when its in the millions. Manny was quoted as saying no one wants to sign him by Polhous, Gee wonder why. To all the fansmy advice to you is save your money for a rainy day, its going to rain for a long time. I do love the Sox and Curt thanks for your efforts. Good luck in your next endouvers!

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