Via the MetroWest Daily News:
Lucchino was asked how the Red Sox would stand up to the free-spending Yankees. “We’re going to outwork and outsmart them,” but he conceded that with New York’s deep pockets, “It won’t be easy.”
The Yankees dug deep to reel in the biggest free agent fish – Mark Teixeira. The Red Sox, it seemed, were in the mix to land the all-around first baseman. “He was the best position player on the market,” said Lucchino.
Even the lowly Washington Nationals took up the bidding. “There’s no way to verify whether offers are fictitious or real,” said Lucchino. Finally, the Red Sox threw in the towel and the Yankees swept in.
For the first time in a while, the subject of who will win the American League East has more than Boston and New York in the conversation. Hello, Tampa Bay. “It’s going to be a three-team race,” said Lucchino. “(The Rays) are an awfully good team. Everyone in baseball predicted their ascendancy. It just arrived earlier.”
Lucchino will take his chances with his own team. He likes the Red Sox’ diversification. “The makeup is excellent. We’ve got some young players, some players in their prime. Depth of pitching. Short contracts. Long contracts. It’s a nice balance.”
The Yankees were too busy worrying about Joe Torre’s new book to comment on Lucchino’s remarks…