Sox GM Hunt: Kapstein Sounds Off
"I know when a trade is made, the general public thinks, 'Well, I could have done that,'" said Detroit Tigers scouting director David Chadd. "But the job is so big it's hard to comprehend unless you are actually in the position to do it."
"A GM does need to make the final decisions and dictate the pace of business," said Arizona general manager, and former Sox assistant GM, Josh Byrnes. "As much as a lot of people have a say in a dynamic baseball setting, a GM is able to filter out the lesser opinions, clears the more valid opinions and has a good sense of timing. It is a big team effort, but I do think one person needs to lead the charge." -- Rob Bradford, Eagle-Tribune
Gammons on The Trade, Damon, and Manny
"The major gamble in the Boston trade for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota is that all three break down, one way or another... Recently departed GM Theo Epstein always planned to use (Hanley) Ramirez as his ultimate chip. Hanley was going to Tampa Bay (and Anibal Sanchez to Cincinnati) in the four-way concoction they worked on at the July trading deadline if the Sox could have gotten Mike Cameron, Aubrey Huff, Aaron Heilman and Adam Dunn with Manny Ramirez going to the Mets... Boras will be patient in his handling of Damon, and if the Yankees drop out of the running, Boras will wait for Paul Konerko to sign, try to get the Angels and Dodgers in on Damon, and play off what he and Damon felt was an initial (and unnecessary) lowball offer of three years and $27 million from the Red Sox... Owners John Henry and Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino have made it clear to Ramirez that they want him, but Manny's friends this weekend reiterated that he wants out, period, and that he might act irrationally if he is not traded... Mets slugger Cliff Floyd was in the proposed deal last December, and the Red Sox covet top Mets prospect Lastings Milledge. But if something happens, Boston would need the time to find another right-handed bat (such as Troy Glaus)."
-- 11.28, Peter Gammons, ESPN.com Insider (subscription required)
Red Sox 2006 Spring Schedule is Out
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