The Boston Red Sox FO should take a long hard look at the ongoing negotiations between Hal Steinbrenner (is he the dumb one, or the dumber one?) and Derek Jeter and his agent. ESPN opined that “messy” negotiations, as suggested by Steinbrenner, “It's akin to putting the Rolling Stones together without Mick Jagger. You can't do it.”
The Red Sox have already eliminated any such messiness with David Ortiz, but negotiating still remains with Jason Varitek, who is just as important to the Red Sox as Jeter is to the Yankees.
On the surface, it may appear that the Red Sox are not pursuing Victor Martinez as much as they had declared, especially in light of the attention that he is getting from other teams. Does this mean that 'Tek will be back and mentoring Jarrod Saltalamcchia? Many think Salty is not quite ready for the big leagues, but that the Sox have not cemented a deal with V-Mart as of yet certainly suggests it is a possibility.