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Rivera-Sox interest was sincere

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08:20 AM ET 12.17 | Mariano Rivera confirmed that the unthinkable had been a possibility. The Boston Red Sox offered him a chance to turn in his pinstripes and switch sides in baseball's fiercest rivalry. "It was real. It was real," he said Thursday. While Boston made an offer to the great closer, Rivera accepted a $30 million, two-year contract from the Yankees, the only major league team he's ever played for.

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December 17, 2010  08:25 AM ET

I don't understand why Yankee fans just refuse to believe that Rivera could of gone to the Sox or anybody else. These guys aren't as loyal as you like to make them out to be. They are businessmen. They are a one man corporation looking to maximize revenues. If the Sox had gone to three years on their offer and the Yanks hadn't matched, Rivera would of left...that's just the way it is...you can't be so naive. In the end, however, credit the Yankees for matching the offer and keeping Mo in NY

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December 17, 2010  09:09 AM ET

Jerry Remy Defends Red Sox Nation against those saying the sox are 'buying' championship:

www.ff-press.com

December 17, 2010  09:18 AM ET
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Jerry Remy Defends Red Sox Nation against those saying the sox are 'buying' championship:www.ff-press.com

The Red Sox like the Yankees and the Phillies for that matter are assembling a product that will maximize the business they run. i.e. it is about profitability. If they win a championship, all the better.

December 17, 2010  09:31 AM ET

The Yankees would have had to screw up something awful not to resign Mo.

December 17, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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I think part of the reason the Sox made an offer to Rivera was to make the Yankees give him a 2 year deal instead of the 1 year deal they wanted him for.With Rivera signing the 2 year deal,the Yankees will be less inclined to go after Papelbon who hits free agency in 2012.

Agree; this is part of Theo's and the ownership's strategy of jerking the Yankees around whenever they get the opportunity. Keep the folks in the Bronx distracted and preoccupied, and spending too much money on longer term contracts than they want to give out.
Love it!

December 17, 2010  09:39 AM ET
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I think part of the reason the Sox made an offer to Rivera was to make the Yankees give him a 2 year deal instead of the 1 year deal they wanted him for.With Rivera signing the 2 year deal,the Yankees will be less inclined to go after Papelbon who hits free agency in 2012.

Maybe , maybe not. The Yankees signed Gossage the winter after their closer won the CY Young award. 1977.

December 17, 2010  09:45 AM ET
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cashman never wanted Lee..he just kept bidding up the price so Theo would overpay for Crawford.Suck on that!

No thanks, the aftertaste is horrible.

December 17, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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Maybe , maybe not. The Yankees signed Gossage the winter after their closer won the CY Young award. 1977.

I like the post, but come on, one thing has nothing to do with the other... Even if all the people making the decisions back then are not now, it is still apples to oranges..

December 17, 2010  09:49 AM ET
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papelbon is better than Jenksy

Yea, they are both better than average..

December 17, 2010  09:50 AM ET
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I'm an unfrozen caveman lawyer...your concepts of opt outs and player options...well, to be honest...they freak me out and I just don't understand them...

YAPP?

December 17, 2010  09:55 AM ET
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nice to see that theo finalized his butt pounding with he old buddy hoyer by adding Eric Patterson...good god almight...the league should investitgage that deal...what a joke. 4 turdballs for a superstar

man, did somebody piss in your corn flakes this morning?????????

December 17, 2010  09:58 AM ET

He was never going to sign with anyone else.

December 17, 2010  10:02 AM ET
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i just think that trade was a joke.

as a Yankee fan, I'm not surprised..............but the Padres got the same package that other teams got for there superstar players, like Santana, Lee (3 times), Halladay or Texiera. They got prospects in return. You really think Hoyer turned down a better deal with another team. I don't think so.

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December 17, 2010  10:10 AM ET
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No thanks, the aftertaste is horrible.

Just how do you know that?????

December 17, 2010  10:11 AM ET
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Just how do you know that?????

Um....ah.....ya see....well......

It's what I've heard.

There, that's my story and I'm sticking with it!

December 17, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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i think it was an inside job and theo had it in the works with them for awhile. i honestly don't think they even looked elsewhere. hoyer was involved in drafting these players. eric patterson...good lord.

I think you're just pissed cause the Sox picked up a great player........I know you're smart enough to really not think it was all a conspiracy. Hoyer felt more comfortable with prospects that he scouted, investigated and drafted. These were his players in the first place.

December 17, 2010  10:16 AM ET
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maybe i am..but still i can't believe they didn't get someone who is on the MLB roster..when hoyer is back working for the sox in a few years, we'll see!

Kinda reminds me of the Schilling deal. They get an ace for a bucket of sunflower seeds and a bag of balls.

 
December 17, 2010  10:18 AM ET
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maybe i am..but still i can't believe they didn't get someone who is on the MLB roster..when hoyer is back working for the sox in a few years, we'll see!

well if you're right, then I guess it's a shame Josh Byrnes got canned in Arizona before Theo could steal Justin Upton for Bowman, Reddick and Lars Andereson:)

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