RocketsDWM wrote:He was a cancer in the clubhouse - the game that he refused to play in vs the Yanks was the last straw. That team wasnt going to win the World Series with him. If he wasnt that much of a distraction, why trade a Boston icon?
Maybe because he was in the last year of his contract, had rejected a 4 year $60 million extension the prior winter, and his performance, both at the plate and the field was declining rapidly because of injuries?
Furthermore, the trade allowed the Red Sox to shore up a major weakness at two positions, SS and 1B.
If he was such an icon, why did the Bosox spend all the previous winter trying to trade him and get A-Rod?