Henry: No interest in selling the Red Sox


Henry: No interest in selling the Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On paper, it would seem to be a great time to sell the Red Sox.

A new collective bargaining agreement is in place, ensuring that the game will have labor peace and uninterrupted play through 21 seasons.

The 10-year renovation of Fenway Park is now complete and Saturday saw the official grand opening of the club's new spring training home, Jet Blue Park.

The pending sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers could fetch approximately 1.8 billion, about three times the amount for which the Sox were sold in 2002.

But John Henry said Saturday he's not the least bit interested in selling the Sox.

"I think it's a valid question,'' said Henry. "But (chairman) Tom (Werner) and I and the people who are involved in the Red Sox partnership, we've made enough money in our lives. We're really not motivated by money.

"So whatever the value of this enterprise is, it's irrelevant. Our day-to-day lives and what we're trying to accomplish with this ballclub, that is relevant. It's something we're passionate about, something we have so much fun working together on.

"If something happened to Tom, I might think in those terms. But this feels like a new beginning this year in many ways.''

After two consecutive third-place finishes which saw the Sox miss out on the playoffs both times, Henry said the ownership group is more motivated than ever.

"There's a real hunger with us,'' he said. "I don't think we have to prove anything, but we want to win. For the last 10 years, we've done everything in our power to do that. But we really have a desire to win again.''

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.