• Are They Smarter, Or Luckier?

    Posted by on March 24th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    From the AP, via a tip from WasWatching.com reader JeremyM -

    Boston claimed Hee-Seop Choi off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, giving the Red Sox another first basemen to back up starter Kevin Youkilis.

    “We have liked Choi for a long time and view this as an opportunity to acquire him when his value is down a bit,” Boston general manager Theo Epstein said. “We like his power, his patience and his hands at first base. Choi provides depth for us at first base and in a way third base as well, considering Kevin Youkilis’ ability to play both positions.”

    Mike Lowell, who won a Gold Glove at third base last year with Florida, is Boston’s starter but is coming off a poor season at the plate.

    “We’ll see how our roster shakes out, but Choi does have minor league options if we want him to get every day at-bats in Triple-A for a period of time,” Epstein said.

    I’ve been saying for a while that the Yankees should have went after Choi.

    So, the question is – did the Yankees try, or, did the Red Sox get lucky because they have dibs before the Yankees in the picking order?

    If it’s the latter, then I have to ask Bud “Why the hell are they co-champs if it means that the Yankees then don’t get to pick Choi at the same time?”

    Then again, if it’s just a matter of the Sox being smarter here – and the Yankees had no interest – then it’s a moot point.

    Still, either way, it would be nice to know why this went down the way that it did.

    Comments on Are They Smarter, Or Luckier?

    1. Raf
      March 25th, 2006 | 12:25 am

      Alphabetical order?

    2. March 25th, 2006 | 3:11 pm

      The waiver order is in reverse order of last year’s standings, meaning the Sawx had dibs before the Yanks

    3. March 25th, 2006 | 11:04 pm

      That’s my point. According to Bud, the Yankees and Sox were co-champs, and the “tie-breaker” was just for ALDS purposes. Then, why not flip for the waiver pick or something like that – since they “both were in 1st”?

    4. Raf
      March 26th, 2006 | 9:01 am

      That’s my point. According to Bud, the Yankees and Sox were co-champs, and the “tie-breaker” was just for ALDS purposes. Then, why not flip for the waiver pick or something like that – since they “both were in 1st”?
      ====================

      Maybe they did. Maybe they didn’t expect something like this to happen (given the geniuses, probably the likely scenario).

      I may be a bit unfamiliar with the waiver rules, but I’d like to know why Choi was able to last so long before being selected by the Sox. I find it hard to believe that all the teams in the NL and teams in the AL with worse records than the Sox & Yanks don’t have a use for Choi.

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