After baseball commissioner Bud Selig yesterday put the kibosh on the Red Sox' attempt to restructure the back end of Rodriguez' deal, Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino declared in a statement that the proposed trade between the clubs is dead, and reports that negotiations are continuing are inaccurate.
However, as one Red Sox source said, ``If the Red Sox declare the deal to be dead, (Rodriguez' agent Scott) Boras has a miserable client and (Texas owner Tom) Hicks still has multiple problems, like his finances, his manager, his shortstop, his general manager and his team. The Red Sox can still win the World Series without Rodriguez. Not Texas. We actually can afford for this deal to be sincerely dead.''
The Sox, however, do not want the deal to die. They simply want the Rangers to revive it.
Rangers general manager John Hart shared none of Lucchino's morbid outlook in a press conference in Texas. ``We still have the possibility of making a trade,'' Hart said. ``I'm sure there still might be some conversations between Tom and the Boston people.''
The simple fact is that ALL parties are too far gone into this thing for a deal NOT to happen. The public posturing by the Sox that the deal is dead is just a ploy to see Hicks sweat it out and lower his demands. Guess we'll see just how eager Hicks is to get out of that hole.