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Enjoy The Silence
Posted By Cliff Corcoran On January 25, 2006 @ 7:14 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
The Yankees signed Aaron Small to a one-year, $1.2 million contract yesterday. In doing so they avoid an arbitration hearing and fell just shy of meeting Small half way . That’s what amounts to big news out of the Bronx these days. Things have been dead quiet since the team signed Miguel Cairo back on January 5.
That’s in stark contrast to what’s happening 200 miles Northeast in Beantown. The eight-player, three-team deal  that was to bring Coco Crisp to Boston has hit the skids after Guillermo Mota failed Cleveland’s physical  (this despite passing Boston’s physical when the Sox acquired him from Florida in the Josh Beckett trade back around Thanksgiving).
Meanwhile, the man who will be responsible for sorting all of this out will be none other than Theo Epstein . Less than three months after leaving his post as General Manager, Epstein has not only returned to the team, but reclaimed his position as GM , putting the lie to fact that Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington would share the job (Hoyer has been bumped down to assistant GM and Cherington has been made VP of player personnel).
It all makes one wonder exactly how involved Epstein really was during his 84-day exile. Here’s what the Sox have done in Theo’s “absence”:
That doesn’t include the still undetermined Coco Crisp deal.
While it’s very tempting to dust that list for Theo’s fingerprints, one tends to wonder if the “boy genius” would have left his club with Alex Cora at shortstop and a battle between Adam Stern and Willie Harris in center just 23 days before Pitchers and Catchers.
By the way, the last six items on the above list occured between the Cairo and Small contracts. Myself, I don’t mind the silence.
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 half way: http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com/archives/313873.html
 eight-player, three-team deal: http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/315820.html
 Guillermo Mota failed Cleveland’s physical: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060124&content_id=1300049&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos
 Theo Epstein: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060124&content_id=1300195&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos
 reclaimed his position as GM: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2304783
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