Payton Designated…

So much for praising WEEI for their scoops. The Hartford Courant posted at 11:17 this morning that Jay Payton has been designated for assignment, and as of 12:50, still no word on The Sports Radio Leader.

Update: They finally got the story about 1:15 PM, then got Dave Heuschkel on the line to talk about it. Heuschkel said that Payton was sent back to Boston last night because he was about to be traded.

Jon Wallach reported in the next flash that Rule V Draftee Adam Stern had been called up to replace Payton on the roster.

At the same time, XM Radio was reporting that the Red Sox had acquired Alex Cora from the Indians, which is now confirmed on RedSox.com. Cora was acquired in exchange for Ramon Vazquez. WEEI got to this story about 1:55 this afternoon.

Random Quote

This is the ultimate dilemma. Of course fans want the Red Sox to win the World Series, but the dilemma is be careful what you wish for because you might get it. And if the Red Sox played the Cubs in the World Series, one of those two franchises will be permanently and forever altered. One of them will never be the same. So remember, while winning is the ultimate goal. If you’re a Sox fan or a Cubs fan, it carries a steep price tag. Life will never be the same.

— Bob Lobel, Boston.com chat 10/9/2003