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Lucchino: Sox made 'very strong and concerted effort'

Updated: December 21, 2005, 6:27 PM ET
Asociated Press

BOSTON -- Red Sox president Larry Lucchino thinks Boston made a "strong and concerted" effort to re-sign Johnny Damon and spoke to the center fielder's agent as recently as Tuesday, when he agreed to a preliminary deal with the rival New York Yankees.

Lucchino and co-general managers Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington declined during a Fenway Park news conference to discuss details of their offer to Damon, but conceded that the negotiations ended abruptly with the news Damon agreed to a ...

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