Boss and Pedro

MANGO TANGO

The Dominican Diva and His Sugar Daddy

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Hench: Time to Say Goodbye to Pedro

"Whoever signs Pedro will overpay. He is a No. 2 or 3 starter who will insist on and get No. 1 money. The Red Sox have already reportedly offered him 27.5 million for two years, yet he is a six or seven inning pitcher with wildly erratic stuff. From start to start you never know which Pedro you'll get." -- Kevin Hench, FOXSports.com

"His act wouldn't work here, George. Those jags he goes on when he won't speak to the press, when he won't come to the ballpark on time, when he leaves the stadium early . . . all that stuff was tolerated in Boston. That's who the Red Sox are." -- Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

"Martinez told The Boss how much he wanted to be a Yankee, according to one source, and another source said that Steinbrenner gave his Yankees sales pitch to Martinez." -- Ken Davidoff, New York Newsday

"A Martinez departure wouldn't lead to mourning on Yawkey Way. Many in the organization have been fed up by his late arrivals, a frequent diva attitude, mood swings and his thin skin when it comes to dealing with criticism. Should he depart, the team would not have to worry about having the payroll flexibility to sign free agent Carl Pavano, who is schedule to visit tomorrow." -- Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

"No matter what he says publicly, Terry Francona has told people close to him that he can't stand Pedro, and is hoping he does take his shenanigans elsewhere so the Sox manager can begin to restore some order in the clubhouse." -- John Harper, NY Daily News

"The whole mango tree bit? Wait until he finds out why they call NYC a concrete jungle. There ain’t no mango trees in the Bronx for Pedro to sit under. There is, however, Steinbrenner’s never-ending money tree, and it’s got more than enough than the 50 cents Martinez needs for his bus. Greyhound, due southwest. South to Penn. Fenway to the Stadium. Rebellion to the Evil Empire." -- Eric Wilbur, Boston.com

Signs everywhere: The Pedro “Thank You” billboard above the Cask 'N Flagon has been replaced with a Starbucks ad. The Manny “Thank You” billboard still remains across the street.

In Other NY News, Yanks GM Brian Cashman's Recurring January Dream

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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

Cashman pessimistic on Yankees re-signing Cano > Report: A-Rod called PEDs 'Food'

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