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JT Snow Signing Soon? Epstein Back?

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According to Tony Massarotti from the Boston Herald, JT Snow could be the next free agent to sign with the Red Sox:

Meanwhile, the Sox also continue to negotiate with free agent first baseman J.T. Snow regarding a role as the backup and defensive replacement for Kevin Youkilis. Snow is believed to be negotiating with three or four other clubs, including, perhaps, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. Agent Dan Horwits said Snow could have a decision by today or tomorrow.

It's a name I haven't mentioned much on this website, but signing Snow would make me a happier man. He isn't Troy Glaus or Kevin Millwood, but he's a dependable first baseman with a terrific glove. He also can work a walk with the best of them.

But look what else this article says: "regarding a role as the backup and defensive replacement for Kevin Youkilis."

So does Youkilis have the job now? Nothing has been confirmed since the end of the season, but this is a move that I think everyone wants to see happen. Youkilis has been riding the pine for way too long. It's time to get him 500+ at-bats and see what he can do.

Gordon Edes lets it fly
One of my favorite Sox writers, Gordon Edes, lets it be known that nothing would be different if Theo Epstein had re-signed with the Red Sox.

The latest to point a damning finger was Johnny Damon, who pegged his departure in part to a fractured front office, suggesting that if Epstein was still in place he might never have left.

Oh, really? Are we to believe that if Epstein was the GM, the Red Sox would have offered a deal more competitive than the one the Yankees used to lure Damon from Boston?

I'm not buying it. I can't offer incontrovertible proof -- it's hard to do so when people operate from the shadows -- but my take on the Sox' stance with Damon is that it was absolutely consistent with Epstein's position regarding the club's free agents: You make your best judgment of a player's value to you, you set a price, and you don't allow anything -- sentiment, nostalgia, public pressure -- to cause you to stray from it.

The decision not to offer Damon more than the four-year, $40 million proposal they made to him was, in my opinion, every bit as much, if not more, Epstein's as it was Larry Lucchino's. There's nothing keeping Epstein from speed-dialing John W. Henry and Jed Hoyer from the shadows, and they are both predisposed to allow Epstein to shape the Sox'future according to his vision.

Edes also goes on to say that Epstein could become an 'adviser' to the Red Sox sometime soon. But, as we all know, Epstein wouldn't just sit on a bench and twiddle his thumbs. He'd have a big say in what would go down. But I think in his new 'adviser' role he'd be doing more of what he wants to do, and less of the other pain-stacking work that he deals with -- like talking to Larry Lucchino.