Were the Red Sox in on Holliday?
There were a couple of interesting tweets from reporters Friday afternoon that suggest the Red Sox may have been in on left fielder Matt Holliday, who is represented by Scott Boras, before signing John Lackey.
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted the following:
Heard this: Before the Red Sox signed Lackey for $82.5 million, they offered $82.5 million to Holliday. Now they're out on Holliday.
And Peter Gammons checked in with this:
Boston ecstatic with Lackey. Before he stepped foward, Sox offered 4x$15M to Bay and 5x$16.5 to Holliday.
At Lackey's press conference earlier this week, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said the team was weighing a few options on where to make a big splash in free agency, one of them being acquiring a "big-time position player".
"We had a couple different versions of an offseason plan," said Epstein. "Some involved spending more resources on a big-time position player and getting pitching depth. But [signing Lackey] really intrigued us as an alternative. The deeper we got into the offseason, the more we dug about John and his personality, his fit for the Red Sox, and what it would mean to our rotation and the future. We got more and more interested and, talked evolved well, and it ended up being the right path for us."