The Padres and Cubs couldn't get a deal done for Jake Peavey. C'mon Theo, get out there and make an offer to the Padres for the guy and make this year the year of the Red Sox pitcher. Adding Peavey to the staff that's in place would just about guarantee getting back into thye World Series in 2009. An offer of Bucholz or Bowden or Ellsbury should make the deal palatable to Towers. Might have to add another young position player, but you should be able to get this done.
You could save youirself and the team $175M too because while the desire for Tex is there, the need isn't. That's the difference, need vs want. If you want another World Championship, get the arm. If the deal costs you Ellsbury, then there are outfielders aplenty out there starting with a big OBP guy named Abreu. Or Adam Dunn. Pittsburgh and Florida are always willing to deal and usually they don't ask for the sky.
Let Tex go and concentrate on what's needed, not what you crave.