As their team was celebrating its second World Series championship in four years, Boston Red Sox fans in attendance in Denver had unsolicited advice for the club's executives.
They chanted "re-sign Lowell" and "don't sign A-Rod."
So should Sox fans of a similar mindset be concerned that the Sox met with Alex Rodriguez's agent, Scott Boras, on Wednesday night? Or that World Series MVP Mike Lowell remains unsigned as of Thursday morning with a Monday free agency deadline looming?
Not quite, general manager Theo Epstein told Boston-area reporters at the GM meetings in Orlando.
"If we're seen going in there or coming out, I'm sure there's going to be 'A-Rod, Red Sox' on the front page of ESPN.com, but I wouldn't fall into that trap," Epstein said, according to the Boston Herald. "We always talk to Scott. We're not scheduling a meeting with Scott to talk about Alex. I'm just checking in with Scott."
Boras told The Boston Globe the meeting was a chance for him to make the same pitch he had made the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels a day earlier about A-Rod, complete with revenue projections. He said the meeting lasted more than an hour.
"We went over all of our client list with them," said Boras last night. "I'll let them talk about the four-letter word [A-Rod]."
Later on Thursday, Epstein shed more light on the meeting, saying only a small amount of time was devoted to discussion of A-Rod and most of it was spent discussing Boras' clients on the team roster, according to the Globe.
While the Red Sox are still talking with Lowell's agents, brothers Sam and Seth Levinsion, Epstein told Boston-area media outlets that an agreement by the end of the GM meetings on Thursday is unlikely. The Globe reported Thursday that a deal did not get gone before the meetings concluded and Epstein left Orlando.
Asked how talks with the Red Sox went on Wedensday, Sam Levinson, said "Great. But nothing to report."
Epstein reiterated earlier comments about the Lowell talks.
"We're hopeful that we can get something done. I'd like to think we're making progress, but we'll have to see how things turn out," he said, according to the Herald.
According to major league sources, the Red Sox are willing to make a three-year deal for Lowell, the Globe and the Herald reported.
In general, Boras used this week's general managers' meetings to
give teams his sales pitch for A-Rod and was pleased with how it
"With regard to Alex, we got some very clear direction from
clubs as to where their interest is,'' Boras said Thursday after
the four-day session ended.
Given that Rodriguez terminated a record $252 million, 10-year
contract to seek even greater riches, this won't be a deal signed
off on at the GM level.
"I fully expect that with this type of player, that the owner
will want to sit down and talk with him,'' Boras said.
When the New York Yankees asked for a meeting before Rodriguez
opted out, Boras told them they'd have to make a $350 million offer
just to speak with Rodriguez.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.