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I'm sure some of you think this Santana non-deal is the story of the hour in Sox world. Y0u are wrong.

The story of the moment is the signing of Sean "The Mayor" Casey to backup Youkilis at first base. There are a few things at play here.

Casey is a 3-time allstar who can still play the game (with an otherworldly lack of power). I can't imagine he'll play as little as Hinske did. And if he does, he won't hit anywhere close to the .296 he hit last year in 143 games with the Tigers. The man has never played fewer than 120 games in a season. I think we can expect pretty paltry offense, but good at bats, from Casey. Unfortunately it's not just raw talents like our old fiend Wily Mo Pena who can't hit when they play only once a week.

This move gives the team flexibility at first and third (by moving Youk to third when Lowell needs a breather). However, they will be less flexible than last year since Hinske could play a decent corner outfield.

So, that means right now that Coco Crisp will start the season as the backup outfielder. And he will not be happy. Can you even imagine that? An unhappy Coco? It's like a melancholy hyena or an uncute kitten: it's unnatural.

I still believe the better move would have been to allow rookie outfielder Brandon Moss to back up Youk at first and play some offense. Moss would have been a liability defensively at first, but, guess what, you have the reigning gold glover who could come in for a late inning defensive replacement and still get 8 innings of rest. I asked this question of the Globe's Nick Cafardo and he said that this is under consideration. He said, "Moss didn't get to play as much first this winter as the Sox had hoped." I probably should be sorry for quoting an email from Nick (yes, first name basis), but I'm not. I'm willing to bet that Nick, Danny, Bobo and the rest have not (yet) discovered BosoxWally as a key resource for unresearched hunches, something I'm sure they are searching for.

I digress... you're welcome.

The point is: with Casey officially in the fold, one question remains. Who is the mayor now? What will be the rules surrounding the pending death match between the two claimants for the title of "the mayor". How will Sean Casey defend himself against the homegrown fury that is Lou Merloni. I don't know. I don't want to know. It might get ugly in Framingham.


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