Monday Links from Len

Gordon Edes explains the differences between the Red Sox and Yankees offer to Texas for Rodriguez. It came down to money. The bottom line was an extra $26 million in savings to Hicks for doing the NY deal. Reading between the lines, the Rangers also placed little to no value on Manny Ramirez. It is obvious that the Red Sox are the very reluctant owners of Ramirez. They couldn’t get rid of him for nothing (waivers) or even by taking on the biggest contract in the game. Michael Vega got reaction from Derek Lowe and Tim Wakefield who were in Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500. Michael Holley reminds us that the Red Sox have a pretty good team too. Bob Klapisch says the Yankees may not be done as The Boss now has his checkbook pointed in the direction of Greg Maddux.

Steve Bulpett reports that the Knicks might be interested in acquiring Vin Baker if he clears waivers on Wednesday.

Michael Vega has the story on an emotional first Daytona 500 win for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the Earnhardt family. It was a great day for NASCAR. It was also a great day for golf yesterday too as Doug Ferguson tells about John Daly’s “greatest victory” in the Buick Invitational, his first win in nine years.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell discusses the frustration of the Bruins and their lackluster performance on special teams as they get ready for a game in Toronto tomorrow night.

NESN has the BC at Seton Hall game tonight at 7:30 pm. According to CBS Sportsline, BC still has a solid RPI of 26. But they have to start getting some quality wins to close on a ticket to March Madness.