Gordon Edes reports on the Sox’ pursuit of JD Drew with some numbers, and it is looking like something in the neighborhood of 5/70M for our future Nancy-boy. Can’t say I am a huge fan of this deal on the surface; clearly had Theo known the market this off-season he might have spent for Damon last year, or pushed harder for Abreu at the deadline. And the more specific the deal gets, the more of a no-brainer it is for the Dodgers to offer arbitration, costing the Sox a draft pick. Though a Drew signing may be a boon to the Sox on the field (if Drew can avoid being hit by pitches in the AL), it has more downside to me than up. It puts the season on some pins and needles, with SFs hoping every night that Drew doesn’t take a glancing slider off his apparently brittle forearm.
On another note, though Theo couldn’t have known in advance that the new CBA would have been hammered out with such ease or it’s specifics, it is part of his job to anticipate markets. If there was a reasonable chance (and/or reasonable knowledge that the market was going to blow up like it has — the game theorists in the Sox FO must have had some idea of the contingencies), then the past moves of Theo et. al can be criticized legitimately, even if some SFs don’t want to hear it.
As for Edes’ speculations on Manny, well, we only have one thing to say: MAKE IT JAKE.