Seth and Sam Levinson are agents based in Brooklyn. They have a good stable of clients, they don’t like to talk to the media much (c’mom, fellas) and they’ve never been in a better position than they are now.
The Levinsons have two key players in the FA market: Jorge Posada and Mike Lowell.
The Yankees are borderline desperate to keep Posada. They don’t have a catcher in the organization ready for the majors. They also need his power in the middle of the lineup and his ability to work with young pitchers.
Mariano Rivera can be replaced by Joba Chamberlain. Posada can’t be replaced by Yorvit Torrealba or Paul Lo Duca. If Posada goes on the market, the Mets will offer him the moon and stars.
Meanwhile, Red Sox fans are all but marching in the streets around Fenway Park demanding that Lowell be signed. They really like him and really dislike the idea of Boston replacing him with the hated Alex Rodriguez. And they also know that if Lowell doesn’t sign with Boston, the Yankees will try and get him.
But the Levinsons wait, turning down offers knowing that the teams will come back with something better. Posada and Lowell are the same type of players, second-tier stars who have been paid well over the years but never outrageously so. This is their chance to really cash in.
It’s the perfect storm. Their clients are needed, their teams have the cash and there are rival teams ready to pounce.
At some point, it will get done. I believe Posada will stay with the Yankees and Lowell with the Red Sox. But their families are going to have a very, very Merry Christmas.