UETAMEJ: Red Sox Cannibal Offseason


The stamp trade.

Nick Cafardo has the scoop:

This is … going to be the story of … fingers … Ben Cherington and his staff … needed some …

“I know they’re trying to sell [fingers],” said a National League general manager, “but it’s just not … that simple.”

The Red Sox … want … the lavish ways … right now.

But when you are the Boston Red Sox and you have $80 million-$90 million to spend, it’s tough … to be disciplined.

Let’s say the Red Sox … fill their needs — all of them.

Then comes the integration part.

One of the reasons for hiring John Farrell is that he has some … rough edges. …

… That was a disaster in every way. But will the Red Sox again … go with … karma …?

With every move they make, we’re sure, the Sox are … something …

It’s interesting to devour … Nate Silver … Silver, a former Baseball Prospectus contributor, … used a lot of data and metrics to win the election …

Yet … Giants … are … the godfather of … stamp … trades …




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3 Responses to “UETAMEJ: Red Sox Cannibal Offseason”

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  1. Toasty says:

    Early mornin’ NotGraphs!

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  2. acidity of phosphorous is anemic at best says:

    The notion that the Red Sox are trying to sell chicken fingers at their ballpark and they have $80 million to spend on them seems reasonable enough. Maybe even probable. How is this a NotGraphs?

    Now devouring Nate Silver to see if you gain his mystical statistical powers seems slightly less reasonable, if not unheard of.

    The Giants of industry probably are the godfather of the stamp trade. Stamp trade was one of the earliest industries. People would pay plenty of corn, corn bread, corn syrup, and corn ears just to deliver more corn products through mail, which was horse carrier in those days. Stamps weren’t really stamps like you and I may think of, but instead were pouches filled with corn, corn bread, corn syrup, and corn ears. When the person who received the “mail”, they would stamp on the pouches, essentially completing the transaction and allowing the “mailman” to reap the corny benefits. As the years passed, corn became only secondary to salt. Despite no longer being paid solely in corn pouches, the name “stamps” stuck as any payment for “mail delivery.” Nowadays, stamps can be had from paying postage fees.

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  3. Phil F says:

    Is any of this actually true? I’m assuming not.

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