Jul 27, 2012|
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joins D&C to discuss his approach to the non-waiver MLB trade deadline which is next Tuesday, July 31st. Ben also talks about the struggles of Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, along with trying to get a long-term contract done with Jacoby Ellsbury.
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I joining us some AT&T -- AT&T forgy LT -- Red Sox general manager bench aren't in good morning about -- -- you know. -- just to gauge what you weekend's gonna be like how many different phone conversations would you guestimate you're gonna happen between now and Tuesday. Just a round number. Well to that he does. We've been running and -- -- -- -- We spent obviously more time in the room each other outfielders in numbers you have thirty or forty folk also. Other in Europe -- there's so. -- -- to continue to. You know -- subject are those four holes you'll. You know and some other considering. What we do this week. -- I was basket and as your approach been been etched in stone and determined that is buyer or seller or will this weekend in New York help determine that for you. What we have do you were so -- in the mindset. You know when you look at where we are in the standings I guess it's always. The that are right ahead of us are purchase. We don't believe there's there's there's any of those teams that are you know better there are -- certainly more out of though and that's certainly we're not. You know -- out of -- You know -- -- saying yeah or. Or. You know fairway it's simply improve her chances of winning and those who argue that. You know that's yeah. Be Smart about it and -- There's -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Lately it's -- our our organizers Celia. We feel this is. And there's. There's the other -- -- cluster right ahead of us. But. You know -- we all in my oldest. You know it's human laps and we -- so little that all orders and has got to be Smart about -- -- -- Humans too many long term. To try to get a little better tomorrow. But there's that doesn't mean there are ways to have heard it's a and do it. Wise manner of it prudent manner and you'll let it work to do. Ben does the schedule matter at all as you make this decision does that play any factor in -- I'm looking at -- of the 63 remaining games. 42 of them are against teams with winning records and of those 42. 27 are against. The Yankees the Rangers the Angels the Tigers in the athletics does the schedule matter. Well I think it matters when it. Where -- -- is you physically and just start there's. -- games in better. Sort of simple statement let. That is and so I think it matters. In the sense that -- we wanted to do well against the better in Italy twelve hours and that -- for the the biggest the biggest thing they -- that is you know. Getting arrow guys reforming or. Certain ways to improve ourselves there there is some. You know figure so the better chances against the schedule at least say it's. There's -- it will be focused. Then we all know. That Josh Beckett to 105 guy could veto any trade have you checked with him and as he given years is would he be willing to accept the trade or is that something you don't you do you a subject you broach. After you have the parameters of a deal in place. Probably haven't either side there and Eric are certainly -- is there. You know I I think we have to see. And it -- you can. He would serve. Her serve is seen everything there a particular learned then and you know Orton. When you have guys that. Any other form quite the player -- or or or. -- -- successes. What we hoped it would -- you guys are and others you know talk about our record or. Lester has an inordinate Harvard here. You know that's said he unity -- and improving things. There and yeah I think Josh Beckett. -- Is not. -- early group and into acting to recruit or a certain route internally they're accurate citizens. Enforcer stuck in neutral we practical as or is. It mentally -- What are you what are you looking to do our focus -- So what are you hoping to add Europe and had a starter and. Oh well you know continuing our opinions about where it's not Asia it's. It's clearly a seller's market and start pitching so. There's no. A certain you'll be able to do anything or are certainly working there are ways. Improve ourselves an area that this is deciding yearly. The start this early here and we work -- aren't. You know the course urged us. Sort some of our office sources are and jobs are -- a way to help. Our interest all -- it's better for others -- are disease as well as the -- on. The the players -- -- about. Her through that there is that there are -- news or are does count a year or. Notices our our our program and are out there. Try to find a way to get the best or -- guys out there including -- There -- the season. Well what evidence so what makes you think you're in contention when you look at the standings that obviously your ten and a -- back in the division you get seven teams in funny yeah. In the wild -- you're below 500 for the first time this late in the year for the first time since 96. When we sit here and watched then I got at -- most people say. Sell sell sell its a seller's market why not be a seller want why do you think you're and the chance that. Get your act together and get back in contention. Well look at the you know but -- hit a lot of -- out of the wild are. That the numbers. -- -- In. The orange and it is seers tower -- -- made up that the entries here. Far from a precedent that it and -- That the numbers. Bigger challenge. Ever seen that out. There is apt to serve. LeapFrog. Much. -- not a losing but. -- was -- -- at All Saints are -- it is it does make for a challenge but I think the reason that we. -- now as a you know where there -- it happened or are or how -- so -- -- ours -- -- that cluster for a a little while cart series. And hopefully we movies some things that are you better. Or by Tuesday. -- aware -- and as a sacrifice. In the long term but. Every day is that going to respond or else it's not there yet and we have -- every day. We. -- -- -- Tuesday it'll it'll all overall but I wonder if things go well characters it was an offensive. That I believe I have these numbers correctness is the wild card era began the fifth place fifth best team in the league. Has averaged 89 wins so the questions -- simple what mathematically do you think this team has the potential to go forty and 23 the rest of the way. Well yes because. We had it stresses over. Remember yours as well over about six is now. We have in -- here and knows the there -- -- players. You know at it I think it's. As I look at -- you know. It could be that eight iron January it takes. They get that. -- our. It could be. It could hear it that way in other words -- barometer is it. I don't think we can. Only league and make our. You're planning to -- -- Tuesday. Entirely based on. With the best record and there's years. Look at. More objectively what what is likely it is structured this here. What is -- is so what are the top five record. And right now so we believe we the other. Your chance to get. Record. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Either. Improve our our group. We are. Would you agree that a handful of these teams in front of you probably want her to were three are probably gonna catch fire and and go on that kind of run. What areas that. Apart part of why we so we feel that. We need to stay in here and -- other chancellor and I'm not sure that any you know whether it's. Any better chance to go on a -- talking about it. We. We just we believe or how they're more out there in -- -- over America aren't. -- This is much more I think then there -- other local dealer who is. -- -- it's certainly in that cluster. Played better outlast a police. There are hot right now so. That you know those areas for ourselves. We get it it really is. It's if they're legal position for a year or sisters in Howard not it is our approach. As a admired most most every year I've been here sort of opposite -- pretty clear. You know return -- Is that. You know that this is that it is this there aren't a little bit more than our approach it. Where where where certainly looks so focused -- going well and doing everything in -- as many years. Then I know that waving the proverbial white flag is not in Red Sox ownership or Red Sox management DNA that said if this team at some point that -- decides it's time to retool. Mean essentially 500 T-Mobile last two years and of its time to take a new approach. Tell me if this doesn't make any sense -- with what you have stand pat and see if the guys who were underperforming but -- the Beckett Lester all the anybody music as underperforming. And somehow in these remaining 63 games. Get better. Be productive and raised their trade value because right now which pretty low. It makes sense to keep them and then wraps in the offseason see a third more options available to you based on their improved performance does that make any sense. Life I -- most of the you know our foreign. They're sort of -- global arms that are so personally I -- that they should. It back to that level. At school they're focusing in on. Did you have every chance. Performing in the dark it's not necessarily. Sort of trying to -- -- trade. Is it replaces -- -- it's. It's -- -- -- first and foremost because. You know. We're we're personal formal vote early in the year. Presents. Now you know -- -- the secondary course. It'll collapse that angle I think you know more it was. So well so we are ever considered -- player. We are certainly. Rather avoid. Doing our guys are or. Doctor we've -- these guys are a couple issues out there over the those are territories -- -- Would you agree that you have some pretty attractive guys if if -- if you're gonna sell if you decide to sell that. Contending teams would like some of the guys I don't know many stars -- talking about you know. Shoppach Sweeney and -- Stephen Ross guys like that there has to be some demand for them right then. We got a bunch also. You know we talked -- and they -- our league. Or is. A lot of hours was that he. About -- some ideas there. Certainly playing together in the -- sort of like. You know right now like in -- we're looking to improve our -- -- our. Mark said earlier this week they're but yeah there are certain certainly. -- all the numbers. Larry told us last week there was a marlins' Cody confirmed it was a Marlins note I'll pay you look at that Carl Crawford. Got everybody kind of excited that you might be able you know from under that contract. And then did the deal they made with LA shipping and Ramirez to LA does that. Did that mean that the there were no longer interest in Crawford did that possibility get taken up the table when they made the deal with the Dodgers. Well I have it all over Florida. About proper. Is that you know. Nationals -- various there it went out there and there's truth is it is that. We don't want our -- Or consequences. That. It didn't work to work for -- Though it didn't go anywhere in America. You know unfortunately as that is it's from currently there are here. I've got out of it at the ball well while there's never. That would never you're never did he do it. We haven't had any conversations. Was terms -- so well I don't know the answer questions but. I think there are so it is is. It's back. It's not that was just. Anybody that. Has there are not the -- in the way you're capable of winning this first start. There and help them perform and perform their top well it can help us and they enter. It. Well it's -- -- me. Their trainers from -- article is -- as well. I Jeremy -- bled from ES PNC calls Carl Crawford a twenty million dollar. Platoon player and makes the case that he's among the worst outfielders in the game and hit lefties. Including me in Tampa the last couple years in Tampa. Are you ready to. It will allow I guess the manager did just planned against righty -- and we leave. Become a platoon player I mean obviously they're more righty and lefties -- get a lot of at bats but. He's been inept against lefties are you gonna. -- and stick someone else out there when you face a tough lefty such as sabathia on Saturday. Well let that -- the body. I wouldn't you know I can't I can't rule out Guerrero sitting there are. Now -- -- -- -- I don't know I don't Garcia. -- -- -- -- -- And you hear about our callers the reason that we were the pursuit of first places that you know on those days. You know most importantly it wasn't happy days but he struggled the last -- it -- -- -- well. Yeah -- is great struggle against. What the excuse career. Popular. You know where it's all yours. It is also. Talked about it it was. So I'll do winners -- here -- a lefty here. That day -- 04 other operators. So. I was part of -- -- About Carl it is. The rays where. It -- unfortunately. Now I lack of effort on his part. Or something -- Red Sox and having. Nearly as much. -- -- As ordered as you know Carl the more regular Carl knows that. It has been on the way you wanted to do our part -- But the birds are over. As the long arm. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Most hitters out but he's -- you know get over. That. -- -- -- -- you believe that Scott Boris no matter what you do no matter what you say no matter what you offer will take Ellsbury to free agency test the market. You know nobody has told so I just track record would indicate that right. Are there there have been exceptions. Does our long term deal -- -- -- SS experiences are. How important it is that there's -- -- that it's hard to sign extensions so he has already and there's that recently we have. -- that in any discussion with it. A year a year so our. Ops is our city as I was about so it is very. It you know -- spirited them all professional. Expect you know. You know occurs. -- it makes sense to talk of hiring others. Or Tokyo or next year but. Right now I. You mentioned Oreo the -- Ellis editor. You know the work in that area there are not all we have. -- that's where they saw. Here -- He's an awful lot of yeah -- are there certain ways to. Act at that. At the values so we bring -- tension -- -- now some of the local. We're. We're just fortunate that mark right now and yeah. You know -- incorporate our -- offseason is so. About it. Have there been a lot of inquiries about Ellsbury is Tuesday approaches. Yeah we had called number of guys there are penalized if players whose. We're just like is that we're we're not where -- the mindset is you know removed -- players from our. Because we're. The best that in thriller or going backwards more likely it is that so. Or religious focus on that topic or whether he's he's a great player. Certainly is that a lot of interest them. And while we are. Are -- recharge the cellphone keep the plug and I know you'll need -- between now on Tuesday thanks for taking some time this morning in Atlanta now -- appreciate it. Venture with us and cal -- AT&T AT&T forgy LT he -- speeds up the ten times after the three GAT and T. Rethink possible.