"We didn't really have a Plan A," Amaro said. "We had, like, 10 Plan B's because, to be frank with you, I just didn't think that the marketplace was all that strong in the beginning. There was not a comparable [player] to [closer Jonathan] Papelbon out there. There really wasn't. There were some good players out there, and there still are some good players out there, but I don't know there's a difference-maker. Maybe one."
Amaro smirked. He was talking about Josh Hamilton, the slugging former MVP, without mentioning him by name.
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