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GMs Discuss Red Sox' Misconduct
By mvyb, 08.12.2006, 12:42

Heads up by Peter's Red Sox Forever on this one.   *evil smile*
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The Boston Red Sox might think of the Yankees as the Evil Empire, but other people in baseball now seem to view the Red Sox as a team that feels it can operate outside the rules.

According to executives of several clubs, the Red Sox were a hot topic of private conversation at the general managers’ meeting last month and at the winter meetings this week. Several officials who work for Major League Baseball said there appeared to be good reason for the talk. Many of those interviewed did not want to be quoted by name because of what they viewed as the sensitivity of talking critically about another team’s conduct.

Exhibit A for the disgruntled is Boston’s signing of J. D. Drew, who walked away from the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a move that his agent, Scott Boras, said was aboveboard and precipitated by the marketplace. The signing of Drew could lead to an investigation by the commissioner’s office into possible tampering by the Red Sox; one baseball official said the commissioner’s office would vigorously investigate the matter if it received a complaint, but added that no complaint has been forthcoming.

One general manager said that many people at the general managers’ meeting, after hearing that Drew would sign with Boston, urged the Dodgers to file a tampering charge.

“We haven’t reached a decision yet,” Ned Colletti, the Dodgers’ general manager, said by telephone yesterday before leaving the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla.

Others described Colletti as angry about the Drew development and said that relations between Colletti and Theo Epstein, Boston’s general manager, had become strained to the point where Colletti wasn’t returning Epstein’s telephone calls.

Epstein denied tampering with Drew, whom he tried unsuccessfully to sign two years ago and then signed earlier this week to a five-year, $70 million contract.

“That’s not true,” Epstein said by telephone yesterday. “There’s nothing to that.”

...An executive of one club said the Dodgers’ owner, Frank McCourt, was certain tampering had occurred. McCourt’s office said he was traveling yesterday and was not available to comment....

Even closer to the opt-out deadline, several days before it, Drew told Rich Donnelly, the Dodgers’ third-base coach, how much he was looking forward to the 2007 season and talked about what the Dodgers needed to do for the season, saying he couldn’t wait for it to arrive, according to a baseball executive.

A few days later he left the Dodgers, walking away from a guaranteed $33 million.

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This is a really interesting article by the New York Time's Murray Chass. There is definitely something fishy going on, but it could be nothing more then JD Drew becoming greedy. Or... it could actually be tampering by the BoSox who have been accused of doing such things in the past (remember the Millar incident four years ago.)
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I think the commissioner should look into this and find out what really happened....

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petern, 17.12.2006, 09:09

Thank you Zachary, for the plug! I love it. I'm writing this on Sunday the 17th. And since your post, the Dodgers have decided not to say something they might not be able to prove. And JD Drew is not yet a Red Sox...there might have been a red flag that showed itself in his physical. So now we'll wait. But tampering charges remain unproven and uncontested. Just as they should be. Again, thanks for the link. You are an everyday stop on my "blog jog." Peter N. http://peteronall.blogspot.com/

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