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Would you believe that the Red Sox bid for Mariano Rivera?

Dec 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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The reports of Mariano Rivera’s signing last night were accompanied by brief asides that he turned down other offers from other teams.  So who were they? Jon Heyman is the only one I’ve seen naming names.  He says the Angels and — get this — the Red Sox were involved. Heyman says they each offered three-year deals.

The Angels I could sort of see. It would have been a crazy, splashy move Arte Moreno would have gotten off on and it’s not like Fernando Rodney is so firmly ensconced in the closer’s job.

But the Red Sox?  I realize that Jonathan Papelbon’s stock is at an all-time low, but the Sox did end up tendering him a contract so they believe he has some value. More to the point, though, is that they have a closer-in-waiting in Daniel Bard.  Why would they want to block him for three years?  And why would they want to spend $45 million or more on a relief pitcher anyway?  If they were wired like that they would have extended Papelbon a few years ago rather than be content to go year-to-year with him in arbitration. If any team is aware that you don’t go long on your bullpen, it’s the Red Sox.

I have to think that the Red Sox stuff is either not true or, at the most, is one of those instances we hear about from time to time about the Yankees and Red Sox just trying to make life difficult for one another.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Obvious gamesmanship between the Red Sox and the Yankees.

    • Old Gator - Dec 3, 2010 at 8:54 AM

      Great story. Too bad Mo has better things to do than play his lifelong team off against a bunch of beanbag gunners from clamland.

  2. BC - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    It’s bullbleep. Probably Bob Ryan or Shaughnessy floating something out there.

  3. Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    The answer is that you wouldn’t really be BLOCKING Daniel Bard. 8th inning guys get MORE leverage and MORE innings. You pretty much by definition can’t block a reliever.

    Plus, if Bard were kept out of the closer role, he’d be cheaper in arb.

    tl;dr the save statistic is dumb

  4. soxrulemlb - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Sox are just trying (successfully!) to jack up the price on old skank garbage!
    SOX RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • soxrulemlb - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

      We never would want old garbage like revolting or cheater

      • soxrulemlb - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM

        SOX RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • henryd3rd - Dec 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM

      Sox have never ruled. 27 World Series Championships and counting. Tell how many Championships trophies do the Sox own?

      • Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM

        Might not have 27, but I’m pretty sure that the Red Sox have, on occasion, ruled, including twice this decade. In fact, despite 86 years without, they have the fourth most championships at 7. *The Cardinals have 10 and the As 9.)

        That said, I’m pretty sure the Rex Sox don’t RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not sure even the Yankees are at the all-caps-with-17-exclamation-points level.

  5. Kevin S. - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    If the Sox were trying to drive up the price, they failed – Mo took fewer years at less dollars to stay put.

    • hackerjay - Dec 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

      Well, the Yankees did want Mo to take a one year contract, so maybe he went back to Cashman and said “give me two years, or I go to the Sox”.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM

        It’s possible, I guess, but I’d always figured they’d have given in on that second year.

  6. Jonny 5 - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Any effort any team besides the Yanks was a wasted one, and they knew it. So why do it?

    • yankees1996 - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM

      Jealousy, plain and simple!

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM

        Ha!!! I think it must have been a favor they owed to his agent…

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