My general approach during the Winter Meetings is to not opine on every rumor or random story out there because, let’s face it, most of what you read about isn’t really going to happen. Still, I have to smile at stuff like this:
Shortly after Theo Epstein met with reporters tonight, an agent walking the hall of the Bellagio resort and casino gave the Red Sox the supreme compliment.
“They explore everything,” said the agent.
Including a name that should be familiar to all Sox fans for obvious reasons.
Though there is no indication that any deal is imminent or that the Sox have done anything more than kick the tires, the Sox have expressed some interest in the pitcher, according to a source.
I can’t see the Red Sox being truly interested in Pettitte. I can see them doing what people always talk about them doing, however, and that’s messing with the Yankees and trying to make them overpay for someone. Back when George Steinbrenner was in charge you never gave that sort of thing much credence. He was going to do what he was going to do, and he always made it seem like he was driving the bus. Now it’s different, and it seems like the Red Sox are openly and obviously trying to get in the Yankees’ head. If Pettitte signs with the Yankees relatively soon, you’ll know it worked.