pkarr5000 wrote:he has a good point. nomar and manny, their two best offensive weapons have to be down now. that says a lot. look at what miggy did last year compared to the year before when his team wanted him
I'm not sure I buy this...generally, the big myth that everyone subscribes to is that players play harder in their contract years, and while I think it's a fallacy, stating the exact opposite is hardly any more accurate.
Basically, there's no evidence whatsoever of contract status impacting player performance one way or another.
I agree, Greenrider, which is why I still said both Manny and Nomar are upgrades over Jeter and Matsui. Sure, Nomar and Manny are pissed, but if they stay, they'll play and play well.
Still, if the Sox don't get Arod, and they don't re-sign Nomar, and nothing's resolved and Nomar's still an unhappy camper when April rolls around, that will be a major distraction the team doesn't need, and we don't really know what the ramifications could be. Manny's fine, most likely. No one pays attention to him anyway.