So this turned out just like a standard negotiation usually does. Wheeee. Can all of the Sox media (and a modest segment of the fan base) move on, now? Or will we have to brave 9 days of columns from gossip-mongers detailing all the ins and outs of how Theo is an ungrateful snake (that means you, Shaughnessy), or how Theo is a "special talent who nearly moved on to, of all places, Tampa" (that means you, Gammons), or a 97 page thread on SoSH detailing how wrong many Sox fans think Shaughnessy and Gammons are? I refrained from posting much on this because it seemed to me a non-story, a negotiation between two parties with both individual and mutual benefits at stake. It turned out as expected.
(and now Theo can finally move on to trading Manny to the Mets for a bag of balls and a lifetime pass to Scores...)