Some excerpts from an interview on WEEI today, via the Globe.
On the Halladay chase:
I never got the sense that we were close, but we were pretty aggressive. We actually made J.P. [Ricciardi, Toronto's GM] an offer — we actually made several different offers — but our last offer was the most aggressive. It came the day before the deadline, and he said that it was a good offer, it was probably the best offer he had received, but that it wasn't . . . he was looking to get blown away, and it didn't blow him away.
On Youk's suspension:
Most times when you charge your mound and throw your helmet, you end up [suspended for] six games. Kevin, as a first-time offender, was lucky to get five.
On Papi and PEDs:
In David's case, what he told me right at the beginning resonated with me. He said, 'Look, this report is shocking to me. I haven't taken steroids and I want to find out what the heck I tested positive for. I need to talk to the union, I need to find out what's going on. As soon as I do . . . I'm not going to hide from this, I'm going to answer every single question.' When a player says something like that, which is refreshing given a normal response . . . hiding behind excuses or some sort of technical legal situation to not address the question head on . . . you want to stand behind him.