Regarding the deadline, it is

Regarding the deadline, it is imposed, so far as I understand, because the Sox have asked for the right to negotiate directly with a player contracted to another team, a situation that is rightly regulated by a (theoretically) impartial power, that being the commissioner. And there is some broader implication here beyond the teams involved: this trade has constipated the entire system, as teams and free agents wait to see how this situation resolves itself. So there is a broad interest in seeing it done so that the other individuals can get on with their lives and business in a fair and timely manner.

Posted by YF on 12/18/2003 04:40:54 PM

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