The latest on the Mark Buehrle soap is a real noodle scratcher. In fact, I call shenanigans. The latest reports say they had agreed on years and salary, but the hold-up was that #56 wanted a full no-trade clause for the duration of the deal. Fair enough–if he’s giving a "home town discount," that’s a perfectly reasonable request.
The part that makes no flippin’ sense is that the Maestro apparently wouldn’t give it to him despite the fact that after ’09–unless I’m mistaken–Buehrle becomes a 5/10 player and is able to quash any trade anyway. So, what they’d have us believe is that this thing fell apart over a full no trade for the ’08 and ’09 seasons. Something’s not right here.
If that is the edict from ownership, it’s terrible. There’s really no excuse for it. And, while I hate to use the "season ticket holder" card, since there are thousands of great Sox fans who, for any number of valid reasons, don’t sit at the Cell 81+ times a season. I’ll have to use it here though. What the heck are we paying for if management makes decisions like this?
Since I can find no rational justification for these reports–I’m going to do one thing: assume it is untrue. Smart people don’t do things this stupid.