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Former Boston CEO Larry  Lucchino said he and fellow Sox owners John W. Henry and Tom Werner are just as committed to winning as the Yankees, but not when it means “crazy expenditures that might be commonplace in New York.”

Larry once coined the phrase “The Evil Empire” whining the big bad NY Yankees were buying their way  to  the top while the sisters of the poor,  his Boston Red Sox were the Little Engine That Could, despite being the 3rd highest valued team in baseball

“They’re a different flavor of ice cream than anyone else in baseball. The Dodgers are now using that same game plan, I suppose, certainly more so than anyone else in baseball.”

Apparently Larry thought he had reinvented baseball economics in this modern era thanks to his former GM Ben Cherington catching lightning in a bottle in 2013 when the young Boston GM rolled a lucky 7 in free agency


First, Luccchino coupled with his pal MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s blessing, the last place 2012 Boston RedSox unloaded a quarter of a billion dollars in bad contracts to  the new ownership  group in LA who  desperately needed a West Coast Mexican American star, the recently acquired by Boston, Adrian Gonzalez to re-kindle the new Dodger TV deal

In order to  bring Gonzalez back to  California, Boston insisted the Dodgers had to take Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and throw in Nick Punto with him, and Selig allowed it to happen.. The Sting operation gave Boston a new lease on life and Cherington dumped the savings and new found salary flexibility into 7 players that helped shape the 2013 World Champion Red Sox. Kudos to Cherington

Larry then outsmarted himself by  overruling Cherington’s  future moves,  consequently letting veteran players responsible for that anomaly season leave via free agency.. He also  jettisoned All Star caliber veterans who  were ready to become too  expensive for cheaper talent, trusting his touted farm  system was ready to  take MLB by storm

What  transpired wasn’t pretty

The rookies bombed, the concept of not overpaying for pitchers 30 yr’s and older backfired, and the Red Sox became MLB’s version of F Troop

Lucchino’s way  didn’t quite pan out and Larry’s flavor ice cream landed the Red Sox in the AL East  cellar 3 out of the last 4 years.. The incongruity of Lucchino’s decisions that overruled Cherington  caused The Little Engine That Could to  crash  and burn

Lucchino was sent packing, and his new out  post wasn’t quite Siberia but close, he was to run the Red Sox Triple A affiliate Pawtucket, named as President / CEO / Emeritus 

Basically Larry was now Fredo, being sent to Las Vegas so  he couldn’t do  anymore damage to  the Golden Goose Red Sox

Out went Lucchino, in came Dombrowski who had worked as a GM for John Henry in Miami when Henry was a minority owner of the World Champion Florida Marlins back in 1997 

It didn’t take long for Lucchino’s ice cream recipe to vanish and in the last year and a half the   “crazy expenditures that might be commonplace in New York.” became the new Normal in Boston

Hanley Ramirez 4 yr’s $88M

Pablo Sandoval 5 Yr’s’s $95M

Rick Porcello 4 Yr’s $82M

Yoan Moncada $31.5M signing penalty, $31.5M Sign bonus= $63M

Rusney Castillo 7 yr’s $72M

Craig Kimbrel $26M plus 2 top  50 prospects and 2 lower level prospects

And now the newest flavor of the month

David Price 7 yr’s $217M

Grand Total $643M

  “Everyone’s playing by the same rules we are, with the exception of those with unlimited money and willingness to spend it. But I’m relatively optimistic we have the right people in place and the right commitment of ownership.”

Earlier this week, Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes had termed the Yankees’ spending “kind of flattering.”

 Well let me be the first to  say it’s nice to  see the Boston Red Sox flattering the hell out of the Yanks, Jays, Rays, Orioles, and the rest of Baseball….

Well I hear  that Train  a coming, coming round the bend….


Written by Sal

December 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

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  1. Ok boys here we go the Price break down.. apparently Boston was loaded for Bear, they were gonna mount some Top of the Rotation head on their Fenway Wall, and Big Game Dave succeeded

    Confirmed: Price deal with #RedSox is seven years, $217M. No deferred money. Three-year opt-out.

    Average annual value of deal – $31M – would tie Miguel Cabrera for the largest in baseball history.

    How Price deal came together, according to sources: #Dodgers, #SFGiants wanted answer from Greinke. Greinke wanted answer from #RedSox…

    #RedSox, after improving offer to Price this morning, wanted answer from him before deciding whether to shift to Greinke or other pursuits

    Shortly after the news on Price broke, a rival GM texted me and said, “I’m a Dave Dombrowski fan but could Ben (Cherington) not have handled the (Craig) Kimbrel and Price moves?”


    Price’s decision emphatically answered the questions about whether he was willing to play in Boston and become a teammate of his old antagonist, David Ortiz.

    Of course he was willing, considering that the Red Sox made the best offer, to the surprise of no one in the industry. And maybe the best offer by a lot.

    Price’s contract will not include any deferred money, according to major-league sources. It also includes an opt-out after three years, giving him the ability to become a free agent again when he is 33.

    The runners-up rarely reveal the amounts of their failed bids, but suffice it to say that the Red Sox blew away the field, making Price an offer he essentially could not refuse.

    Goodbye, Ben Cherington. Hello, Dave Dombrowski, who took over Aug. 18 as spender-in-chief. Goodbye, efficiency. Hello, baseball baccarat.

    The Red Sox are spending all of this money on Price because 1.) they have it (baseball’s little secret is that revenues have been rising faster than salaries), and 2.) it didn’t work when they tried to play it smart. Will the about-face work? In the short term, yes. In the long term? In the names of Brown, Hampton, Santana, Sabathia, et al, no way.

    7 years/$217M (2016-22)
    signed by Boston as a free agent 12/15

    16-18:$30M annually, 19:$31M, 20-22:$32M annually

    no deferred money

    may opt out of contract after 2018 season

    most lucrative contract ever for a pitcher


    December 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm

  2. Sal, beautifully written & laid out. Amazing chronology of events. Would love to know how much the Red Sox eclipsed the field in overpaying for this very talented pitcher. I can only hope it was Sabathialike in its comparison to the field. I see a movie here.


    December 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    • mB you can’t believe what the Boston scribes are writing so we’re trying to find unbiased reports… the guys in Boston are saying the Cardinals were the closest just under $200M so per them the closest was $20M away

      I find it hard to believe St Louis would bid $195M on a player, but We’ll keep digging up intel.. the surprising thing was the Cubs were nowhere to be found and that Boston was gonna go after Greinke if Price bailed

      Once they wanted to give him $217M you have to take it, Ortiz is gone after this yr and in 2 yr’s if he can’t stand Boston he can bail

      Still for $20M over 7 yr’s or a tick under $3M per I would go to St Louis where players are Kings… Price will be under the microscope in Boston, and recently Crawford, Gonzalez, Ramirez and Sandoval have failed after trying to live up to those big contracts

      I think the Greinke money might tell us what the closest bid was, or maybe not I don’t know


      December 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    • I’m not sure I believe the Cardinals bid that much & years. That isn’t their MO. The thing I can’t believe, is where were the Cubbies in all this? As much as the Sux wanted him, I kinda thought he’d end up with his old manager Maddon. Man, if he went there, and finally won it all for that city, they would’ve built him a statue ! He could’ve gone there and been a savior. That’s the story I want to know. WTF happened to Chicago during this thing? You’re right. For a few million less, he coulda gone to St Louis and been a king. The Players Assoc woulda killed him for that. That other interesting tidbit was that revenues are rising faster than salaries. Had NO idea! If that continues, this could make for some very interesting ramifications.


      December 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm


    Per Nightengale Cards went 7 yr’s $187, that’s insane for them… Cubs never made an offer… fooled me…

    The Cardinals were also in the hunt for Price, and offered him the richest contract in franchise history, a seven-year deal worth at least $30 million less than the Red Sox’s offer. And the Chicago Cubs met with Price but never made a formal offer, according to the person directly involved in the negotiations.


    December 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    • Really???? Met with the Cubs & they never made an offer? That doesn’t sound right. Can’t believe the Cards were willing to go that high & for that long.


      December 1, 2015 at 11:54 pm

  4. mB like Showalter always says, It’s not about the money, it’s about the money.. Cubs have Lester @ $155M and they’ll have to pay Arrieta who is a Boras client

    We sort of had the feeling the Cubs was a pipe dream, but were hoping against hope they’d bite

    This is all about if Price opts out, if Boston doesn’t get stuck with the back end it sucks.. The contract is backloaded so at age 33/34 he’ll need to get more the the 4 yr’s $127M he has coming


    December 2, 2015 at 6:34 am

  5. zimmerman breakdown: 18M ’16, 18M ’17, 24M ’18, 25M ’19, 25M ’20 #tigers

    Whoa backloaded if they want to flip him gonna be harder

    I guess they’re afraid of the tax
    Some GM needs to explain why they do that in big market towns
    I get why Tampa does it


    December 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

  6. Mikey 19 never leads the audience lol.. and next week the hot stove will heat up hahahaha

    Mikey the gift that keeps on giving


    December 2, 2015 at 7:25 am


    Denver beat New England hahahaha even an ass hole like me knew Denver could beat NE, because even an ass hole like me who wouldn’t watch an NFL game if it was in my back yard knew that was a soft pick.. Does NE have any players left? come on Pope.. the only excitement there was it was actually a close game

    The gift that keeps on giving

    I lied I did have the Dallas / Carolina Game on, sound off, wanted to go back in time to when I was a kid on that Thursday Holiday before the gang members, and illiterate punks disguised as college grads took over the NFL


    December 2, 2015 at 7:28 am

  8. whoa auto-tune Nickelodeon Eye candy… Works with the sound on mute… cute kid…


    December 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

  9. Katzy has gone silent,, Love to re-post his old comments about Yankee spending,, rofl,
    xxxooo BK,,


    December 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

  10. Hey, I’m happy about it…last place two years in a row…I love Price, he’s going to kill at Fenway – I”m a little surprised they went 7 years, but he’s relatively young. We know they have the money, time to spend a little! And I think they will dump a few of their albatrosses over the winter…Go Sox!


    December 2, 2015 at 11:10 am

    • hey BK good to see you, congrats on landing $643M in talent over the last year and a half, and of course your newest cash register buzz Mr Price.. Reminds me of the Crawford Gonzo era, remember Greatest team ever?

      Red Sox certainly know how to win the Winter, good for them, and we wish Price the worst of luck, may he bang his head repeatedly on those small door ways in the Fenway Clubhouse, and may Price and Ortiz land in a big pile replicating Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm

      Safe travels my brother, and good luck in Fla with Trucks and Co… Send my best to the BK boys, and love to the family…Thanks for checking in..


      December 3, 2015 at 5:47 am

  11. The Price contract tells me plainly just how much is in the trough for all these owners, or whatever else you want to call them, considering their vast riches.
    Boston wins ten more games next year and every seat in the place will be sold. Hot Dogs and Beer go up 50 cents each and the tv money makes them all flush before they count any other revenue stream.
    The Yankees had close to a half a billion profit last year ( or so I read) despite the payroll, debt payment on the new ballpark, taxes and everything else.
    Spend a little, Hal. Don’t pretend you can’t.


    December 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    • Hey Noogsie, your spot on these guys are rolling in the dough, and Hal could use a starter that didn’t require a draft pick… Since these ships are sailing wonder if he’ll go one deeper in the pen with O’Day ?

      The other thought, with Samardzija looking for $100M I wonder if his market crashes especially if the Cubs grab Miller for Soler and Baez, and he’s still unsigned in January… The Yanks offer him $16M for 1 yr just to re-establish his market

      He is 31 so maybe he’s getting too long in the tooth for that sort of pillow contract?


      December 3, 2015 at 5:53 am

  12. Were you smoking a cigar as you posted that, Katzenjammer ??? 🙂 🙂


    December 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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