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.''