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.