That's what I kind of see the Red Sox acquisition of Schilling as. They very publicly wanted Contreras last year, made him their #1 target, and booked every room in the hotel to keep the Yankees away. Little Boy Theo had a conniption when Jose chose the Yanks
This offseason the Sox made it a point to keep their offseason priorities quiet. And it was in every major newspaper that George wanted Schilling badly. So when talks died down a bit the Sox came in and grabbed him.
Maybe the Sox learned from their mistake last season and the Yanks have learned from theirs now?