From The Boston Globe:
I think in general that’s how I look at free agent negotiations — true open-market negotiations — with players the Yankees will be interested in, I think they’re going to get that player, because they just have a bigger margin for error than we do. I’m not complaining — we have tremendous resources and so many teams look up at us and wish they could be in our financial position — but in respect to the Yankees, history has borne out that they’re going to get the player if they want him on the true open market, and that’s fine.
This is the most honest assessment of the Yankees-Red Sox dynamic that I have ever heard come out of Boston. Theo Epstein is conceding that they are also a financial power, while pointing out that the Yankees have more resources and can better deal with the burdens of a long contract gone bad. Ultimately, it means that when the two teams compete for a player of equal need to both sides, the Yankees will typically emerge victorious. Hopefully some of that winning carries over onto the field.
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