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Friday, December 19, 2003
Red Sox say A-Rod deal is dead, Texas still hopeful. Deals that did happen: Oakland signed Arthur Rhodes (3 years, $9.2 million). Seattle gave Ichiro a four-year, $44 million contract extension. (Yahoo!)

One Union Ruined by Another. Thomas Boswell:
The long national ordeal now known now as "The A-Rod Deal" has finally resolved itself to one issue: Do Larry Lucchino, Tom Hicks and Bud Selig detest Gene Orza, Don Fehr and Scott Boras enough to screw up what may be the most entertaining trade -- or sequence of interlocking trades -- in the whole history of American sports?

Will baseball's decades of labor-management animosity, which finally began to dissipate when a strike was averted 15 months ago, be re-ignited because money and ego once again defeat common sense?

Baseball finds itself at a symbolic juncture when its character is being tested. Oh, again? Whenever the sport hits an incredible high note and seems poised to regain much of its endangered popularity, its most flawed people seem eager to take the stage and, in some preposterously ill-conceived farce, bring the game into disrepute.
Good column, misleading headline. Boswell puts most of the blame on Bud and the owners, and good for him. (Washington Post)

Kennedy agrees to $8.85 million, three-year contract with Angels. (Yahoo!)

Millwood Accepts Arbitration Offer. He's staying with the Phillies. (Miami Herald)

Larry Mahnken on the Yankees' offseason moves. "I fear that the Yankees have made a great mistake in signing Gary Sheffield. Not in and of itself, of course. I fully expect Sheffield to be a very good player for the Yankees, perhaps a great player--perhaps a Hall of Famer. But I think they could have added the same production from Vladimir Guerrero, perhaps better, and in the long term, he certainly seems to be a better risk." (Replacement Level Yankees Weblog)

Overheard In New Orleans. Quotes out of context from the Winter Meetings. "His clubhouse upside is Mookie." "When Chris Singleton is the answer, you're asking the wrong question." (Will Carroll Weblog)

Number Crunching - Why doesn't football have a Bill James? Interesting column, but I'm amazed that Josh Levin didn't mention his Slate colleague Allen Barra, who was applying objective analysis to football way back in the 1980s with his Village Voice columns and Football by the Numbers books. (Slate)

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