We've made little secret 'round these parts of our contempt for much of the unsourced, speculative claptrap that passes for journalism on the sports pages of America's large-market dailies. If it's not anonymous sources hinting at a team's interest in any given number of players, it's reporter speculation disguised as reporting.
This latter crime against journalism really gets our goats. And Michael Silverman deserves a first-degree indictment for the swill he offers in this morning's Boston Herald:
The expectation is that the offer is going to easily be a record for this ownership group, a likely eight-year contract worth somewhere between $145 and $175 million, possibly more. …
The annual average value of any potential Teixeira deal with the Red Sox is likely to fall somewhere between $18-22 million a year, although those numbers could be exceeded depending upon just how expertly Teixeira’s agent, Scott Boras, is able to get the teams to bid against each other.
First, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — newsworthy about these tw paragraphs. I could have written them, based solely on my understanding of the situation from reading previous news reports and observing re Red Sox' front office for the past several years.
And if it's simply Silverman speculating based on what he knows, I wouldn't have a problem with that — if he actually told us so. Instead, he couches it in terms that allow us to infer he in fact has a source for this story: "The expectation is" a "likely eight-year contract" that "is likely to fall … between $18-22 million a year."
The specificity is beguiling, as if Silverman is reporting new information. Until you get to this key sentence …
"Neither the Red Sox nor Boras were available for comment yesterday."
… and realize Silverman knows nothing at all, except how to fil space and waste our time — in a piece ironically headlined, "Sheddling light on Mark Teixeira."