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Red Sox consider increasing offers to Bay, Holliday

Dec 24, 2009, 1:37 AM EDT

The Boston Red Sox loaded up on pitching and defense this offseason by bringing in John Lackey, Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron, then said they were pretty much done with Jason Bay. But guess what? Even the great Theo Epstein can change his mind.

According to the Boston Herald (via our sharp-eyed friends at Rotoworld) the Red Sox are looking at their financial picture to see if they can find enough creativity to increase their offers to either Bay or Matt Holliday.

Previous reports had Boston offering Bay a 4-year deal worth $60 million, and Holliday a 5-year deal for $82.5 million, both rejected with hardly a thought.

Increasing their offer to either player would put the Red Sox at risk of crossing the $170-million luxury tax threshold, and it certainly doesn’t help that the team was unable to unload Mike Lowell to the Rangers.

The other issue is finding a place for Bay or Holliday to play, as the team already has J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron under contract for nearly $22 million. Something, it seems, would have to give.

Examining your financial picture is certainly not the same as preparing an offer, so we’ll see if this talk leads to anything at all. The prudent advice might be for the Red Sox to go into the season with what they have, not panic in response to the Yankees’ moves, and look at making mid-season deals if necessary.

Interestingly, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that he would not be looking to add a big contract to replace a green Brett Gardner in left field. One wonders if the Red Sox jumping into the fray – should they indeed jump — would change philosophies in the Bronx.

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  1. bethjamune - Dec 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    I don’t have a boat with sails. What wind? You are dumb. GRAMMER. GRAMMER. GRAMMER..
    Anything else you want to add? Idiot!

  2. Please - Dec 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Never mind. My mistake, you don’t have a boat with sails. Thanks, THAT actually made MY day.

  3. bethjamune - Dec 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Yeah, I figured you’d like that one. Have a merry x-mas and I hope your yankees choke. :) LOL

  4. Arendell - Dec 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    If thay do this Totaly dumb move. I will change team ally. Bay Stinks as a feilder the double cluching chump of baseball. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  5. Yankee Fan - Dec 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Oh, boy you massholes are so Holier Than Thou. Cut your crap and have another drink

  6. Yankee Fan - Dec 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Little punk? Using 27 rings? If you could u would. So sit down clown, and go take your holier than thou attitude back to baaahhston. You pathetic louse. I’ve been listening to your pathetic smack for over thirty years and I am sick and tired of you and your moron cronies thinking that Baaahhhston even compares in the overall success of their franchise.
    Peace out joe rockhead, you moronic masshole

  7. Ted - Dec 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Have to agree. Lackey is the most overated player of this free agent cycle. Sox way overpaid. Of course they have several players on their roster that are way overpaid. Nobody will admit this though until about August of 2010 when the Sox will be 15 games out of first. More bang for the buck would have been resigning Bay or signing Holliday. The better GMs build great teams without throwing money at every free agent player that can walk and chew gum at the same time. I wish Boston the best, but they have already made a 17 million dollar mistake that they are going to regret for 5 years. Unless they want to match the Yankees payroll, they need to be more creative in stocking their roster.

  8. abvh - Dec 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    would Marcus Thames be a “cheap” alternative for the yanks? if they’re bringing back former players anyway….

  9. Chris L - Dec 25, 2009 at 4:36 AM

    I’m the Red Sox fan in this thread. Check a little closer before you reply to just anyone. I’m actually on your side here.

  10. Chris L - Dec 25, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    You can take the Gold Glove argument and hastily stuff it where those 27 rings can go.
    The Gold Glove is a SUBJECTIVE award. There are no stats involved, its a popularity contest.
    STATISTICALLY, you know…hard evidence….shows that as far as field-able balls hit at him, he is THE WORST ACTIVE SHORTSTOP IN MLB, and that counts ALL SS’s involved in Boston’s revolving door policy……
    the other stuff? hey…even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Where were his “intangibles” during your 9 year drought??

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