Translating Theo Epstein

You ever wonder what it would be like if, whenever an agent or a general manager said something for public consumption, there was a translator standing next to him? Or maybe closed-captioning when they're on TV? I don't think it will become a regular feature in this space, because I seem to lack the attention span for regular features. But here's Theo Epstein discussing the apparent departure of Jason Bay, followed by my version ...

    "[The media] has done a great job of speculating, putting the pieces together this winter, so I'll let you continue to speculate. I don't want to say that the door is officially closed on one player out there that's a free agent. But Jason, obviously, in a year and a half here, did an outstanding job for us," Epstein said.

    "That's a trade we would make again any day of the week. Whichever team does sign him, they're getting a quality person and a quality player."


To get Bay, we traded Manny Ramirez, who we couldn't stand, and a couple of young players who haven't done anything in the year-and-a-half since. For us, he played like a $15 million player while we payed him about half that. So, yeah: We would do it again.

We just didn't want to pay him $16 million in 2012 for being a $12 million player. If he wants to come back and play for $12 million, we'll try to figure something out. But yeah, he's definitely gone. And quite frankly, we couldn't be more relieved.

You're welcome.