The Red Sox have opened discussions with Oakland GM Billy Beane after being granted access by the A's. They have already signed up Bill James as a special advisor.
This team is an upgrade from the the Dan Duquette days. Duquette was a tin-plated sabermetrician who believed that the Roger Clemens was in the twilight of his career in 1986 but was at least was well-informed enough to acquire Pedro Martinez from the Expos. Duquette never was a leader of men alienating stars like Clemens, Mo Vaughn, Pedro Martinez, and Carl Everett and not backing his manager Jimy Williams in his battles with Everett.