One thing is for certain: the Red Sox won't again try the failed "closer-by-committee" experiment that nearly capsized the 2003 season. Under that plan, the Sox took the radical approach that the most important outs weren't always the final three -- a reasonable enough theory -- and that the ninth-inning responsibilities would be dictated by matchups.
(Sean McAdam, via ESPN.com, 01/17/2007)
Cordero-to-Boston deal now just a matter of time.
Mark it down (because we're all about baseless speculation and rumor mongering):
Although previous talks with the Nats for The Chief fizzled (probably because Bowden went crazy and asked for too much), Cordero's arbitration hearing will turn into a sign-and-trade deal with the $ox -- Theo Epstein will be listening in on the negotiations (don't be surprised if the Chief's final $$$ number is a little higher than expected). Wily Mo Pena and a couple of young arms will be DC-bound before you know it.
Ryan Church will also be thrown in for good measure (along with a bag of baseballs and a Jose Vidro batting practice jersey).
(Photo by Peter Diana photos, Post-Gazette)