One Week To Go. Tom Hicks and John Henry have set a one-week timetable to negotiate the Rodriguez/Ramirez trade. ... ESPNNews radio reports that Henry, Theo Epstein and Rodriguez met with union officials today, and if the Union okays the restructuring of A-Rod's contract, it's a done deal. ... Kevin Millar was interviewed by Dan Patrick on the 6pm Sportscenter tonight. Several posters at SoSH report this exchange:
1st Q: Who would you rather have on this team -- Manny and Nomar or A-Rod?
Last Q: Who's throwing the ball to you from SS next year for the Red Sox?
Millar also added that the Dodgers should be excited to get Nomar's bat in their lineup. ... Wow! If the reports over the past 24 hours are correct -- that the deal is complete except for the hammering out formalities like Rodriguez's contract restructuring -- Millar's comments, while surprising in their timing, make sense. Millar said he had spoken with Todd Walker, who apparently will sign with the Rangers once the A-Rod trade is announced (I guess that's how Millar got the inside poop). I'm assuming that the Nomar trade will be announced at the same time -- and so that needs to be ironed out as well.