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01-05-2004, 11:56 AM

Henry: A-Rod deal is dead
Red Sox owner John Henry logs on to an internet site to ask Boston fans to put the proposed trade for Alex Rodriguez behind them.

01:00 AM EST on Monday, January 5, 2004

Red Sox owner John Henry, using an Internet fan forum to speak directly to the public, threw a stake into the heart of the barely breathing Alex Rodriguez-to-Boston trade rumors yesterday when he spoke of the potential deal in the past tense and concluded that the team is "very much at peace with the end result."

Henry and the rest of the Red Sox management team has had little to say since the Rangers declared on Dec. 23 that Rodriguez would remain in Texas. Boston's official silence, coupled with persistent reports that talks would resume after passions had settled on both sides (one Red Sox official was quoted in a published report last week as saying negotiations weren't dead but in a "coma"), kept hopes of the deal alive.

But in two postings yesterday on the Sons of Sam Horn bulletin board -- of which he is a registered member -- Henry said the trade, in the form Boston would have had to accept, would have been a "mistake".

"The second-largest tactical errors I've seen are by those who sit on their duff rather than trying to make things happen," Henry wrote in his first SOSH postings since Dec. 17, which was the day the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected the contract restructuring that had been agreed upon by Rodriguez and the Red Sox. "The largest occur when you move forward . . . simply because of momentum, effort invested, impatience and potential disappointment."

Henry hinted those would have been the reasons that the Red Sox -- without the restructured contract, and with Texas owner Tom Hicks still insisting on some financial concessions from the Sox -- went ahead with the Rodriguez trade.

"Ultimately, under the terms we were given to make it happen, making a major change in this team would have been a mistake . . . in our view," Henry wrote in the first of his two SOSH postings yesterday. "[Particularly] in [general manager Theo Epstein's] view."

While admitting it "may sound overly simple," Henry began his first posting by saying the "post-mortem" discussions of the potential trade "should emphasize that the Red Sox were afraid of losing a (future) Hall of Fame shortstop (Nomar Garciaparra, whose contract expires at the end of the 2004 and whom the Sox are unsure of being able to re-sign) and they were trying to accomodate another player (Manny Ramirez, who reportedly has asked to be traded) in exchange for a great (future) Hall of Famer (Rodriguez) who really wanted to play in Boston.

"However, 2004 and beyond are set up well enough that we had to have a deal within particular parameters for it to make sense."

The parameters Henry referred to were, apparently, financial. Without a reduction of the yearly value of Rodriguez' contract from 2004 and beyond, the Red Sox probably felt they would have no monetary flexibility to make other moves.

"Red Sox management has a consistent consensus regarding our parameters and approach," Henry wrote. "As in all baseball matters, the GM here was the lead voice internally and essentially set parameters that made sense."

Henry made two postings yesterday on SOSH, 15 minutes apart.

"We are very much at peace with the end result," he concluded. "I hope you can be as well."

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of note, Curt Schilling later posted in same thread