Dead Line

Well, midnight’s come and gone, and the Boston Red Sox were unable to come to terms with free agent World Series hero Bobby Kielty Mike Lowell.

Both sides agreed there’s still room for an agreement to be reached and they’ll continue to stay in touch. Lowell will now be able to determine whether there’s a four-year market out there for his services. Indications are that the Sox would not move off three years.

On the one hand, this changes nothing. Lowell should always have known the Sox would not go four years. He also should always have known he’ll easily get four years from the several teams desperate for a third baseman who won’t cost them $30 million for each of the next 10 years. The offers he receives from other teams (Yankees included, I think) won’t really be surprising. Four years in the high-50s is a likelihood. Lowell knew this the moment he filed.

On the other hand, this changes everything. Secure in the knowledge that the Sox would never offer a fourth year, and that taking the one fewer year would be something of a "hometown discount," Lowell could have signed right away. He didn’t, and the motives could range from, "He’s outta here to the highest four-year bidder," to, "He just wants to see what else is offered before ultimately taking the Sox’ offer." I’d guess he has a place or two in mind where he wouldn’t mind playing out the rest of his career. If those clubs give him better offers, he’ll go. If not, he’ll return. In the end, it’s up to him.

Let’s not forget the Sox are free agents, too, so to speak. I have no doubts they’ll be on the phone today with Scott Boras, as they should, as well as exploring trades for every available first and third baseman — particularly with teams in need of center field help. Something inside tells me the Sox are secretly hoping Lowell rejects their offer so they can push hard after A-Rod and secure him, once and for all. I can’t say that necessarily troubles me.

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  • I honestly would be surprised if the Sox signed A-Rod… it’s pretty clear that he wants something along the lines of 8-10 years, and I think the Sox would rightly be hesitant to be paying $30m plus for that long (although who knows, that could be a bargain in 2017). I think they are also cognizant that it would be a tremendously, tremendously unpopular move with the fanbase.
    But I would not be remotely surprised if they made a move for Cabrera. I have mixed feelings about him, but they mostly center around his work ethic/weight gain, and I think Boston would be good for him on both those counts. I’m still queasy about what we might have to offer to obtain his services, but I get the sense that the FO is really interested.

    Jackie (SF) November 13, 2007, 1:22 am
  • Oh, it troubles me, Paul…
    But on a brighter note:
    While performing rote backup tasks on my computer, I did my annual jaunt through the condensed versions of ALCS 2004 Games 4-7. And this time I noticed something new.
    In Game 5, after Ortiz drives Judas Demon in from second base to win the game in the 97th inning, when he jumps into the frenzied scrum at home plate, someone — maybe Papi himself — yells out:
    I’M A BAAAAAD MAAAAN!
    It caught my interest (a) because I hadn’t noted that before and (b) because didn’t Manny use those exact words in a much-discussed postseason interview this year?

    Hudson November 13, 2007, 2:02 am
  • Was it not clear enough when the entire city shouted “Re-sign Lowell”?
    They need to offer a fourth year. I get the idea behind not being tied down by a contract, but I don’t really care. As a rule, one ought to keep his fan-favorite WS MVPs for as long as possible.
    Of course, if it were up to me, we’d still be starting Trot in RF.

    Kazz November 13, 2007, 3:18 am
  • This situation isn’t like Schilling’s, which I imagine there might ultimately be a comparison to by bloggers or journalists. Lowell will likely take down more in this one contract than he has made in his entire career. This is the smart, responsible move by Lowell and his agents, and I don’t fault him one bit.
    Why should we speculate that the Sox will “never” offer a fourth year? Have they said this on the record?

    SF November 13, 2007, 3:49 am
  • The Sox can easily afford Lowell. And it’s disingenuous,by them, to pretend otherwise. Even with four years, he’ll still get less money and fewer years than Drew. Who would you rather have on the team: Lowell or Drew?

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 5:46 am
  • not sure why the sox are hesitant on lowell, unless they think this year was an anomaly…in 4 years he’d be 38, not ancient by today’s standards…the sox may or may not secretly still covet arod, and just made an obligatory offer to lowell to appease him and the fans…it would be interesting to see us swap 3B-men…i thought there was general agreement here that the sox have balked at contracts longer than 3 years in the past, and have shown a tendency to put a ceiling on how much money to offer a particular player…this prudent approach is to their credit i think, but that willingness to say goodbye to popular player, over peanuts really [1/$10m] has a kind of f— what the fans think ring to it…

    dc November 13, 2007, 7:33 am
  • if they are indeed going for A-Rod they way they handled this situation wouldnt be very different than the way the yankees got rid of Torre. Make an offer they knew he would refuse, say we couldnt come together on money, and move on to the person they really wanted. One day these teams will maybe be a little more up front with the fans and just say things like we are moving in a new direction.
    To me the Sox not offering 4 years (if it never happens) means they were never really serious about resigning lowell and all of these negotiations were to save face. They understand well what the market for individual players is and they have plenty of money and arent afraid to spend it when they want to (see Matsusaka, Dice and Drew, JD). They clearly dont think as much of Lowell as the fans do…

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 8:17 am
  • I agree with Sam. The Sox knew he would want a four year deal.
    They’ll let Lowell go and go hard at A-Rod. Of course, Sox fans won’t like it much early on. But when A-Rod starts hitting bombs over the Green Monster against the Yankees, Sox fans will be like, “Mike who?”

    Jay-YF November 13, 2007, 8:29 am
  • I can honestly see the Sox letting Lowell go, kicking the tires on A-Rod and Cabrera, and doing nothing. They just won the Series. The don’t have to do anything. Better to go cheap than overpay. And between Carter and Lowrie, they’ll get the position filled, and promote from within. Then they’re prepared to make a trade in June if they have to.
    This path is actually the smartest one. And between Lowrie and Carter, one is a major leaguer.
    P.s. They gave a four year deal to Lugo, a five year deal to Drew, and a six year deal to Matsuzaka.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 8:46 am
  • NH Rob:
    Pick a screen name and stick with it. Either that or say goodbye.

    SF November 13, 2007, 8:54 am
  • What are you talking about?

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 8:58 am
  • If the Sox passed on Alex’s contract once, why would they go for it now, when it’s got to be even more ginormous, there’s no Texas subsidy, they’ve got a huge short-term financial commitment to Manny, there are personality issues, and they ALREADY sell out their stadium every day and have a solid rsn. I don’t see the Sox going for Alex. But you never know.

    YF November 13, 2007, 9:43 am
  • They’re too cheap to sign A-Rod most especially because he’d bring little in the way of new revenues. Remember, that’s how they justified the Matsuzaka money. Then they realized there really wasn’t much added to the bottomline.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 9:52 am
  • Dear J. Henry:
    Please let Lowell go if he commands a fourth year, and while you’re at it, please sign A-Rod.
    Thanks,
    The Realist.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:02 am
  • NH Rob, actually, the club never said anything about Matsuzaka bringing in significant additional revenue. The front office actually went out of their way to say they didn’t expect any additional revenue. It was the media that that started and perpetuated all that nonsense.

    LocklandSF November 13, 2007, 10:13 am
  • I remember differently, Lockland – something about Larry traveling over there specifically for that purpose. Then didn’t they sign a working relationship with one of the Japanese clubs?
    Brad, as a realist, you should realize that the club has little to gain from signing A-Rod. Unless you want Mr. Henry to specifically make you happy?

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 10:17 am
  • Thats not exactly how i remember it. The sox office may not of talked up the revenue from Japan but it was certainly part of their calculations. Didnt lucchino issue a statement this season saying they didnt get the bump in revenue they had expected?

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 10:19 am
  • NH Rob: Brad, as a realist, you should realize that the club has little to gain from signing A-Rod.
    Except for, of course, 54 HR’s and 150+ RBI’s? Last time I checked the main reason for signing a player was to win ballgames.

    Atheose November 13, 2007, 10:26 am
  • How many more ballgames you want them to win? They ended the season with a very important win. They’re already winning ballgames. Spending 250-300 million with “little to gain” makes no sense. And from this front office, I can’t see it though I could be wrong (doubt it.) I think they’d sooner trade for Cabrera – say Buchholz, Crisp, Masterson, and Lowrie – much less money, a much younger player, and much less drama. I can’t see that either, though. It’s more their current approach to try the youngsters (Lowrie and Carter) then enter discussions for Santana with that same package.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 10:34 am
  • yeah you get the offense but also a selfish bastard who only cares about himself and constant off-field destractions. Not to mention an absurd amount of money. Signing A-Rod is not all good news, i speak from experience. He is awesome between the lines (usually).

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 10:37 am
  • How is adding Arod “little to gain”?
    You’re gaining the greatest player of our generation and possibly, of all time.

    LocklandSF November 13, 2007, 10:37 am
  • i think its more like relative return than little to gain. The sox have a championship team now, adding A-Rod doesnt necessarily make them that much more of a championship team as he sucks resources from other areas, especially further down the road. The sox offense will score more runs if he was in their line up but that doesnt make them a better team all around per se. I think signing him would certainly go a long way in making the team better next year but there are costs too.

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 10:42 am
  • agreed, Lockland.
    Signing A-Rod means that you have five or six more years of this type of MVP caliber production. Signing Lowell, while the sentimental favorite, means you gave a four year contract to a 34 year old third baseman, coming off his biggest year.
    Yeah, I like Lowell, and I’ve said that I’m not unhappy if he takes a three year deal, but in the end, A-Rod is the superior player, and younger to boot.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:43 am
  • No, Sam. While you correct in your view of the team, the keyword you used is “now”. Yeah, this year, with Lowells best year (and contract year…) behind him, the Sox did not need A-Rod to win, but three years from now, or maybe two, that story might change. When A-Rod is still hitting 50/150 and Lowell can’t catch up to a fastball anymore and is untradeable.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:45 am
  • It also ensures that the Red Sox have a viable DH in that lineup once Ortiz can’t do it anymore. Five years at third, and three at DH. It’s a better solution all around.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:46 am
  • Brad and lockland.
    Is that improvement at 3B worth $30 mil a year + whatever the luxury taxes are?

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 10:46 am
  • Fans are so fickle it’s hilarious.
    Lowell was just the World Series MVP as the team won a championship (his second). He’s going to cost 200 million less than A-Rod. And some fans still think they need to upgrade? Really what is gained? Winning 130 games and sweeping through the post-season?
    Good thing Theo doesn’t think like a fan.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 10:49 am
  • I dont necessarily disagree that signing him is a good idea for your team but im just pointing out that its not a postive only situation. Also, comparing him to Lowell is somewhat useful but he is not the only 3b available this year and in future years. Just b/c he is the best one around it doesnt mean that he is the best option for your team.

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 10:50 am
  • Sam, again not this year, but two years from now, the answer is yes. Also, it provides a lineup of Manny (if he stays and isn’t traded), Ortiz, and A-Rod.
    Yeah, that’s a little bit scary, man.
    A-Rod is the better player, and not much else needs to be said after that. Also, I like the idea of him playing NY 19 times a year with a huge chip on his shoulder and something to prove to them.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:51 am
  • So, you want to pay 27-30 million/year to a 38 year old DH? And for three years at that?
    Someone give this man a job with the Sox front office!

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 10:54 am
  • Rob: It isn’t being fickle, it’s being smart about the situation. Do you expect Lowell to have another four years like the one you just saw? Or, is it more likely that A-Rod has better years for the next four. Yeah, I agree that they don’t exactly need him this year or next, but having him isn’t going to HURT anything, and in fact, makes them better. I don’t understand why that’s not clear to everyone.
    Dion…please email me, buddy – if you read this.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:54 am
  • So, you want to pay 27-30 million/year to a 38 year old DH? And for three years at that?
    No. But at least that is an option when his range begins to break down. Also, why are you so negative on this? Lowell clearly is not the player he is, and you’re not exactly going to reap the benefits of cheaper tickets or anything by them NOT signing A-Rod, so where does the Lowell loyalty come from? You want a 38 year old third baseman, who will be closer to his Florida self than the guy who’s getting ready to break the all-time HR record?

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:56 am
  • “Also, I like the idea of him playing NY 19 times a year with a huge chip on his shoulder and something to prove to them.”
    I dont think A-Rod has anything to prove to anyone as far as his abilities are concerned. He is gonna put up good numbers no matter where he plays 19 times a year.

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 10:57 am
  • “So, you want to pay 27-30 million/year to a 38 year old DH? And for three years at that?”
    what if that 38 year old is breaking the all-time homerun record?

    Nick-YF November 13, 2007, 10:58 am
  • yeah, you’re probably right, Sam. All the more reason for Boston to get in the mix!

    Brad November 13, 2007, 10:58 am
  • Brad, I dont disagree that A-rod is a better option than Lowell over the next 4 years with out a doubt. But as I said above there are other 3b available. Is he the best choice? I guess you think so.

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 11:00 am
  • I actually think if you did a poll with every fan that claims a Red Sox affiliation, the majority would be say sign Lowell to the 4 year deal. The majority of the fan base thinks with their heart and not their head.
    Arod is clearly a better choice right now, from a baseball perspective, if Lowell continues to demand the 4th year. It’s not even close.

    LocklandSF November 13, 2007, 11:06 am
  • Being smart? Paying 27-30 million to a 38 year old DH is being smart? Even then he’s already an average 3B. But you have him playing 3B when he’s 37? And for that same 27-30 million?
    And A-Rod just had a career year too. Even then his VORP wasn’t double Lowell’s. But his price was and will be.
    I see nothing smart about the Sox signing A-Rod. Smart is sticking with the kids in bringing in a Cabrera or Santana either through trade or on the open market.
    A team like the Angels or Dodgers needs A-Rod. The Sox don’t.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:06 am
  • Where are they going to put more seats, Nick? On the Citgo sign? How many more households want NESN but don’t get it now?
    A-Rod surely is a better baseball choice – right now.
    But he’s a terrible business choice.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:10 am
  • Rob:
    Valid points can be made for and against every argument here. Not one of us is fully correct in our assumptions and predictions on what the front office should or should not do. We’re not GM’s, but rather bloggers. I state what I want, and you state what you want, and neither statement is fully correct or accurate. I happen to think A-Rod is fully worth whatever he gets. I don’t think Lowell is worth that fourth year. Clearly, you do. It’s not a big deal, but I’m pretty sure the Red Sox don’t think he is either, otherwise, the deal would probably be done already. Also, who’s to say that Manny isn’t that piece that they’re putting out there for trade material? Eating 25% of Manny’s deal could net a huge return from several teams, rid themselves of huge money, and bring in pitchers.
    No worries, though. The cards will fall where they will. We will have to wait and see.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 11:13 am
  • A bad business choice? Frankly, who knows either way. I don’t look at the books. I don’t know what the short or long-term economic effects of such a contract would be. If the Sox do sign A-Rod to such a contract, presumably they would have calculated the business effect, and they might actually have a better understanding than you or I about whether it would benefit them or not.

    Nick-YF November 13, 2007, 11:15 am
  • But he’s a terrible business choice.
    Something tells me, that while this FO is a business, no doubt – they care about winning just as much, which is why they’re going to set up a team to win for years to come, not one at a time.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 11:17 am
  • sorry, bad grammar. Nick, you’re exactly correct. If they do it, it’s because they’ve weighed every option to A-Rod v. the next viable candidate and A-Rod came out on top..

    Brad November 13, 2007, 11:18 am
  • I really really don’t like the idea of cheering for A-rod as a Red Sox but anyone with the money to sign him has to be frothing at the mouth about the hype to come when he approaches Bonds’s HR record in a few years.

    rootbeerfloat November 13, 2007, 11:19 am
  • Actually, I don’t think giving Lowell a fourth is a good choice. But it’s better than giving A-Rod an eighth year with 200 million more.
    If it was up to me, I’d stick with Carter and Lowrie. And the fans who don’t like it can go and watch replays of the 2004 and 2007 championships.
    Between the two, one wins a starting spot in the spring. The other either goes back to Pawtucket or waits their turn on the bench.
    That said, I work the phones for Cabrera and Santana and check in on their prices. I know I’d rather give 125 million to either (or both) than to give twice that amount to A-Rod.
    Like I said other teams need A-Rod, just like the Sox in 2003. Except they didn’t need him then, and they certainly don’t need him now.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:20 am
  • You’re right, Nick, IF they sign him. I just can’t see that happening in reality.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:22 am
  • Manny’s off the books next year, add in Lowell’s salary, and in 2009, Alex Rodriguez will cost about $3 million more than those pieces cost now.
    In 10 years, I predict Rodriguez’s salary, like Manny’s now, will no longer seem the burden you try to portray it as, Rob.
    Also, even if Rodriguez is a 37- or 38-year-old DH, do you belive his offensive production will be so bad as to make the previous five to six years not worth it?
    Frankly, I find the carping on the financials of the deal a bit disingenuous. There is no evidence such a deal would financially limit the Sox in other areas, or that it would even boost the payroll enough where that would be a legitimate concern. And anything that contributes to World Series wins is good business sense. If A-Rod, with Ortiz, is the anchor of a lineup that consistently provides playoff and World Series appearances (and hopefully wins), the value of the club will continue to grow at a rate far outstripping the annual value of A-Rod’s contract, whatever that may be.
    The thing that strikes me as most disingenuous about your argument, Rob, is that you’d rather have a 37- or 38-year-old third baseman in two years who’s NEVER had a season as good as A-Rod’s WORST season rather than a 37- or 38-year-old DH who doesn’t even get that old within the next five. Sorry, that doesn’t wash.

    Paul SF November 13, 2007, 11:26 am
  • We should remember that the Sox need to CONTINUE to fill the seats they have. The Red Sox have not always been the number one draw in Boston. Continuing to win will help continue to fill seats. A number of players, including A-Rod, will give them a chance of continued success.
    I don’t know the team cashflow. I suspect Rodriguez isn’t the first choice. I suspect he won’t be a Red Sox. But you can be damn sure the Sox’ FO is wargaming an A-Rod signing. It costs them no young talent (other than a draft pick, but their gross number of picks will be the same if Lowell leaves).

    SF November 13, 2007, 11:37 am
  • A-Rod isn’t the hitter Manny has been – never has been. His extra value has been his defense. Now you’re throwing out his defense and trying to predict his value? Further, his value this year isn’t even close to the combined value of Lowell and Manny. Indeed, better to sign both of them for four years at half the cost of A-Rod.
    I’m not worried about the Sox’s finances.
    The Sox, right now:
    1. Sell out every game
    2. Consistently win championships.
    3. Have a very strong and profitable regional sports network.
    4. Have all of New England paying attention to them.
    My objection to A-Rod is that he improves NONE of those things. But for the Dodgers and Angels he improves ALL of those things.
    And let’s get this straight – I’m not for four years of Lowell. But it’s a better choice than 8 years of A-Rod at another 200 million.
    By the way, the original reason for the opt-out was because Boras thought the market would have passed A-Rod by. Except in the last seven years, it hasn’t. Not even close.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:38 am
  • NH Rob:
    Who do you root for? If it is the Sox, why were you posting as “Mike YF” a couple of days ago?

    SF November 13, 2007, 11:41 am
  • Is that what you were referring to earlier? Mike is my housemate. We just found you guys. Actually, I had been trolling and he saw it open on my computer. I guess he commented first.
    So are we only allowed one identity? Cause that could mean one very schizo handle.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:45 am
  • Oh no, is Rob the new Pete? :)
    Just kidding, Rob.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 11:49 am
  • Rob, seriously, how can you say Arod won’t help win championships?

    LocklandSF November 13, 2007, 11:50 am
  • “we just found you guys”
    And I have a bridge for sale.
    Yes, Rob is the new Pete, Brad. You nailed it. Maybe even the old Pete.

    SF November 13, 2007, 11:52 am
  • Yankee fans think that he’s never going to win one, and that he’s a permanent loser and cancer in the clubhouse. So, if you’re listening to them, he’s going to live out the rest of his career hitting homers for a city not in contention to ever win one, and go into the hall of fame as a mediocre player because he didn’t make it in NY. Well, not all of them, but most (head to Lohud and read the posts from the opt-out day).
    Sorry to generalize.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 11:52 am
  • Rob, you act as if the status quo will simply take care of itself. The Sox are successful in these four areas, therefore need to do little or nothing to improve because, well, they CAN’T improve.
    What happens, then, when the Sox — with no power prospects to speak of — lose Manny Ramirez to free agency after next season, and Mike Lowell slumps back to his normal levels? The Sox will be wishing they had a huge power bat to protect Ortiz. Whether that’s Cabrera or Rodriguez or some other option, they will need one. And Rodriguez allows them to keep players like Ellsbury, Lester and Buchholz — who all in turn offset his humongous salary by filling key roles competently (or better) at minimum prices.

    Paul SF November 13, 2007, 11:54 am
  • are you sure that “Brian” isnt the old Pete? Look at the end of sunday’s post about Schilling’s incentives. Maybe they are all the same!

    sam-YF November 13, 2007, 11:54 am
  • man, and he went this whole time without crapping on Theo, or demanding that Beckett is only a “good” and not an “ace” pitcher? Bravo for lasting that long, I guess.

    Brad November 13, 2007, 11:54 am
  • They’re already winning championships, Lockland. He might help them win more, but they’ve already won two without him, while he’s won none, and his former teams always get better the year he leaves. I say, who needs him? For 250 million plus the “priceless” drama? No thanks.
    If you’re not comfortable with Lowrie and Carter, give me Lowell’s defense and Manny’s offense for less than half the price.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 11:55 am
  • What are you guys talking about? Who’s Pete? And why am I him?
    The status quo won’t take care of itself but I haven’t watched the Sox get to where they are by dropping 250 million on one player. Instead, the former FO dropped 168 million on Manny (every penny has been worth it) and the current one has tried to shed it every off-season.
    And they shouldn’t lose Manny. They should re-sign him and have him finish his career here.

    Anonymous November 13, 2007, 12:00 pm
  • I really do not think we need ARod either. If Lowell signs with another team than maybe the best solution is to promote from within or get a guy for one season as a stop gap to give Lowrie or Carter one more season to develop.
    If we went with Carter than Youk would move back to third. Lowrie would be forced to change position and the scouting report says he has problems with throwing accuracy.

    Rob SF November 13, 2007, 12:01 pm
  • What are you guys talking about? Who’s Pete? And why am I him?
    The status quo won’t take care of itself but I haven’t watched the Sox get to where they are by dropping 250 million on one player. Instead, the former FO dropped 168 million on Manny (every penny has been worth it) and the current one has tried to shed it every off-season.
    And they shouldn’t lose Manny. They should re-sign him and have him finish his career here.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 12:02 pm
  • Sorry, not sure how that happened. Weird blogging system you got here.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 12:04 pm
  • Where did everyone go? Hellllll-ooooo?
    Okay, sorry, fantasize about A-Rod. I’ll go play elsewhere.

    NH Rob November 13, 2007, 12:11 pm
  • Mike Lamb’s agent’s gotta be thrilled right now.

    YF November 13, 2007, 12:29 pm
  • SF: Manny may be “off the books” after 2008, but I really can’t see the Sox going through 2008 with him and Alex. Although, nevermind the production, that would be some kind of clubhouse. CRAZYTOWN!

    YF November 13, 2007, 12:31 pm
  • Are you talking to Paul, YF?
    I don’t see Alex as a Sox as a likely scenario, all I am saying is that the Sox’ FO surely has planned that scenario out, at least hypothetically. In my opinion, they have probably rejected it. But who knows, really.
    The key for the Sox’ ownership is to continue to fill seats and increase franchise value as a whole, to stay as cash-positive as possible while making the whole endeavor more valuable for when they sell. They won’t be the owners forever. I simply do not know if a $250M-plus contract is a good thing or not, in their minds, from a franchise-value standpoint. I don’t know all the moving parts in their financial planning models that would help them assess this. Certainly a portion of Alex’s contract would be insurable if he were injured, and they have to plan out revenue-sharing monies, I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the front office.

    SF November 13, 2007, 1:02 pm

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