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  • I'm curious, does this trend exist because of money? (if boston players are toward the upper-end of compensation then maybe their population of teams to move to is fairly small, always including NY teams). Is it just odd coincidence? Or do NY teams like sticking their thumbs in the eyes of the Boston teams?
    • There are four reasons.

      One is as you say: money. Boston -- especially in baseball -- pays its players pretty well, and there are not many more places to go, to go up. This was the case with Johnny Damon, for example.

      Two is stupidity, such as with the transactions involving Sparky Lyle (a 70s-era pitcher) and Babe Ruth, and the letting go of Clemens.

      Three is dumb luck/coincidence, such as with Bledsoe and Milloy to Buffalo (and Buffalo is a different market anyway, so that barely counts). Also Pedro, Espo