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07-15-2005, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by The Messenger
Think of it from the Boston GM O'Connell point of view .. How can you figure out spending and who is coming when you throw 15 balls in the air and see what happens .. While you are negotiating on one player or getting in a bidding war .. Some of the other players you are interested in may be signing elsewhere ..
This is a good point and one that sometimes as fans we don't really think about.

It takes a long time to negotiate a contract. You don't just call up an agent and a couple hours later you're announcing the deal to the media. Every contract negotiation you're in will take time away from another possible deal. This certainly applies RFA negotiations too let alone UFA deals.

Even from a strictly logistical standpoint I don't envy O'Connell. Needless to say he won't have any time off during August.

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