Where’d his camera and green Sox hat go?
With precisely the amount of vagueness needed to make it sound as though something has perhaps dramatically changed– um… maybe?–since last we were privy to whatever the Boston media has deigned to let dribble out of their mouths in our direction regarding John Farrell, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo gave birth to a tweet late Wednesday evening:
Ben Cherington has nobody scheduled to interview after Demarlo Hale tomorrow. The Sox trying to work out compensation for John Farrell.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) October 17, 2012
Now, it seems to me that the last we’d heard was that the Sox had yet to even ask permission to have Farrell interview with the Jays, which pretty much rendered the notion of compensation moot. No permission means no need to haggle, correct? So does Cafardo’s tweet tell us that we’ve now crossed that barrier? Does it therefore suggest that Boston’s parading around of DeMarlo Hale, Brad Ausmus, Tim Wallach, and whatever other candidates they interview is just a gigantic waste of everybody’s time– or some kind of sad plan B or an attempt at gaining leverage with the Jays by appearing as though they’re not singularly focussed on Farrell?
And does the apparent crossing of the permission hurdle tell us that the Jays are actually playing ball here?
I suppose it entirely could be. But you’d sure think it might behoove Cafardo to answer some of these questions– and it’s not like would it be terribly difficult, if he actually has anything to tell us here beyond the already well-known fact that of-fucking-course the Red Sox want Farrell and are trying to find a way to pry him away from the Jays.
Instead, the statement just hangs there. Familiar, potentially significant, yet entirely without elaboration.
Yeah, it’s not exactly in the best medium for meticulous detail. And no, I’m not suggesting Cafardo is making it up or necessarily playing too fast and loose with his words here. It’s just… for those of us who’ve been following this story, the statement looks like it might be suggesting a rather interesting, new development.
So… um… is it?
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