The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
WEEI » This Just In » Theo: 'We're not going to apologize' for deal
Sun, 12/12/2010 - 9:30am  

Theo: 'We're not going to apologize' for deal

Speaking at the press conference to announce the signing of outfielder Carl Crawford Saturday morning, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein talked about his team's approach when committing to Crawford's seven-year, $142 million deal.


“We also have to look at our situation where we’re competing within a division, especially with a team, that has significant resources, so we have to do the best to compete,” Epstein said. “I know this is a significant long contract, I don’t think this is an irresponsible spend at all. If you look at it, our discipline over the years, our reliance on young players, the acquisition of someone like Adrian Gonzalez making $6.3 million, puts us in a position to do this.


“If you look at the biggest contracts in the history of the game, you have to go really far down the list to find one that we’ve done. This is the first contract of this nature that we’ve done since I took over as GM and since this ownership has been here. We’ve tried to do others in the past and we’ve walked away because of limits, and we would have walked away because of limits on this one as well. But one contract like this one in eight or nine offseasons I don’t think is irresponsible. I think it’s the aggressiveness that complements the framework of discipline of value and reliance of young players that we have.


“I’ve worked in a small market where you can’t even consider acquisitions like this, and that’s part of the equation down there. This is part of the equation for teams and and markets like ours and given that we’ve been really selective over the years in showing restraint over the years. This one made a lot of sense because of how we were positioned, adding the players of the caliber of Gonzalez and Crawford, who are 28- and 29-years old, respectively, and in their prime years. It makes a ton of sense for me. We’re not going to apologize for this.”


The breakdown for Crawford’s contract is as follows: ’11: $14 million; ’12: $19.5 million; ’13: $20 million; ’14: $20.25 million; ’15: $20.5 million; ’16: $20.75 million; ’17: $21 million.


For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at

Audio On Demand

Head Coach Bill Belichick…

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

DE Chandler Jones with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.

Celtics Podcast - Media D…

Celtics Podcast - Media Day and The Wire

Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.

We Love Anthony Davis - Should the Celtics Trade Avery Bradley?

Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

Dave O'Brien signs off Re…

Dave O'Brien signs off Red Sox Radio after 9 seasons

Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.

Torey Luvollo with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 09-29-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.

#Bruins Postgame Podcast …

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - DJ Bean reacts to the B's 6-2 season opening defeat

DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the Podcentre

#Bruins Preview Podcast: DJ Bean answers a 6-pack of questions

WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden

Butch & Bradfo featuring DJ Bean talk #Bruins lines and season outlook

DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.

MIke Florio on Matt Hasse…

MIke Florio on Matt Hasselbeck 10-9-15

Florio on the NFL.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines -10-9-15 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

What would you ask Goodell? 10-9-15

What would you ask Roger Goodell?

Matt Barnes vs. Derek Fis…

Matt Barnes vs. Derek Fisher and Skip Bayless vs. Stephen A. Smith 10-8-15

Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies drove 95 miles to fight Knicks head coach Derek Fisher over Barnes' ex-wife. Also, Skip Bayless is reportedly not very happy with how things are going over at First Take.

Pierre McGuire previews the Bruins' opener with OMF 10-8-15

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the start of the NHL season and to give a little insight on the new additions to this Bruins team.

Lou hates MLB's one-game playoff 10-8-15

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's Cubs/Pirates Wild Card game and how they wish Joe Kelly could have a similar career path as Jake Arrieta. Also, Lou rants about how much he hates the one game playoff.

Will the Bruins be improv…

Will the Bruins be improved in 2015-2016?

Dale, Michael and Jerry are live from the Harp for Bruins opening night and we're breaking down what to expect from the black and gold.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 10-08-15

We close out the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed out on.'s DJ Bean with Dale and Holley

We await opening night and talk B's with DJ Bean live from the Harp.

Ring Number Five- Mikey A…

Ring Number Five- Mikey Adams Song

Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.

Things get strange after 9

The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining

How bout them Cowboys?

Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.

#Bruins Postgame Podcast …

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - DJ Bean reacts to the B's 6-2 season opening defeat

DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the Podcentre

College Puckcast – 2015-16 Season Preview with Mike McMahon and Providence coach Nate Leaman

WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.

#Bruins Preview Podcast DJ Bean answers a 6-pack of questions

WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden

Compiling ESPN's dumbest …

Compiling ESPN's dumbest statements 10-7-15

We recap some of the dumbest things said by ESPN's personalities.

More from this show

Mike Salk doesn't underst…

Mike Salk doesn't understand the Monday Night Football controversy 10-7-15

Salk doesn't think batting the ball should be a big story, he cried twice at that game.

More from this show

Batted ball changes game …

Batted ball changes game in Seattle... Bill Belichick, right again.

We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.

More from this show

Bigger Idiot- Eisen or Ma…

Bigger Idiot- Eisen or Mazz? 10-7-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reaction to Jessica Mendoza on twitter last night including Rich Eisen's comment on Curt Schilling.

More from this show

Doesn't anyone care about…

Doesn't anyone care about the rules?

Mikey, Lenny and Danny Picard are talking about how rules seemingly fall through the cracks during live games

More from this show

Weei Writers