Oct 13, 2012|
Rob Bradford calls into the Mustard and Johnson to discuss the Red Sox manager search and why he believes that John Farrell is the best fit for Boston. He gets into the state of the Sox post-Bobby V, John Henry's involvement, potential free agent signings, and his feelings on why the Red Sox will re-sign Ortiz and Cody Ross.
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Is mustard and Johnson sports Saturday. On Sports Radio WEEI 93 point seven Alabama. Rather acquire these days are all things Boston Red Sox like a ghost town over there. At -- more square talk about just kind of ending things with a whimper Red Sox. Finish out the regular season last week in new York and very very little Lou's coming out yawkey way but here. To change that entire situation. Rob Bradford from WEEI -- good morning rob or. Just I would take get a at this all right. I thought that's what we did have a rob Bradford the man of a thousand stories I'll tell you why it's such a contrast last year were a rather as you remember. A scant 365. Days ago were embroiled in all these brouhaha Eisen and today just nothing. It's like they just went away a. Well Bobby go back years ago it was a it was a very nice. Block over him. At the core Republican who had to cover this all year round that was felt like dole and last year and -- from the minute the last pitch is thrown. -- -- it up and it ought to be looked at the manager -- it was everything. In the chaos in. Players defending themselves and everything else. But if if not total surprise like this because number one all have a -- managers certificate you're -- -- -- world serious sober. And and technically you'd probably simple would they bring Tim Wallach game. Then they're not having you bill bill which state did last year active in the other pocket where it's required. That got us through what other David news cycle so. So I think things looked -- by the what everyone really way to work is -- -- barrel spending and then once that happened that might fuel Ortiz on. They are not that it sure it happened but does the media even more specifically you. Do you kind of root for a particular person that you'd like to see come here. -- -- audio recorder have relationships with certain people but in terms of the managerial candidates I think that. He just take these Catholic periodical who like. Well I am I gonna ask that because there around here in the clubhouse all the time. And you know a lot of the players and you know the chemistry and you know what works and one doesn't work so. If you were bench Arrington and company who would you select for the next manager. Well I I've I have this thing for a couple months I think they're prohibited. And and play devil's advocate I understand. About the record with some are under record the last few years and I understand that people -- up the -- thing I'll bring. I understand all that buys a lot managers about being -- I mean you couldn't have filed a worse -- that he did with Bobby out. About the day that you that you would be terrible magic I want a championship a couple of years ago you made the World Series figures. So it was a terrible terrible but it you know if you use that Larry Miller -- view about the dynamic of the club -- The personalities. There what it takes the Beijing bought it in the -- John Farrell is good news background I think that -- Now. What would you be willing to if that's your first choice what would you where do you -- what would be the limit as to what you would give up to trying get him. All right I think I think that you have to look at a prospect that it is not really prospect prospect that. -- it necessarily artists you know what this is going to be Major League start the cricket maybe you guys say this guy could be easily. And. Maybe they should -- maybe they should not be OPEC government. Yeah well it's our secret government I think our -- by. It's you know it's it's what -- saying where. It doesn't surprise me at all this dynamic that we're seeing right now with a girl situation that -- vehicle number one -- -- Quite they were very intent on keeping -- quiet. Because what happened last year's one in the first effort -- The barrel was broached -- it and had a couple days later it got leaked out and they got a lot of a lot of it brightened and then ultimately change your policy. So they understand it does nobody any good habits -- -- in the public can go back and forth. But ER I think -- god let this girl think some do is. For all the Red -- say. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He was one last hole in one last year that make it you -- -- it doesn't work out the order of o'clock. Think Xstrata OK hang our arms and I think the red circle you leverages the dorsal. -- courtroom are generally and right and the only one yeah. -- when -- Arctic guys on the inside. Management Lucchino in opera -- whenever. -- they learn anything from last year like even in hiring the new manager coming in have they learned anything they can use the same process. W are you not naming names so -- says -- now. I -- it yet but I just to identify the people want -- reliable sources and upper management is yet unknown sources background deep background. It's darker -- is that -- learned something -- you have to do that all you have to go back here. That how quick they wanna get that done that you get there are you. And striking that how long process guard. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's part of the -- they coordinate the -- -- what we get them all go a little bit the fact that they've all got so far all we know you candidate. And it might -- is going to be a couple more but -- -- -- -- they understand. What they attribute or some movie or it. And also activate I -- believe there's base that is the key to be different dynamic different situation. So -- the bottom line how can you not learn from what happened this. Have solely. I mean anybody and anybody even if you're completely oblivious. You have to have something sink in and I give Bobby -- on tight credit for this. As you said he's obviously in many people sought right from the get go he was a very bad bet everything about Bobby Valentine. Was wrong for the Boston Red Sox all hopefully they can become educated about that in pick a guy that is. John Ferrell seemingly. Is the right person but things that you know we talk about the manager. And the other thing that Bobby Valentine did for me is. I completely dismiss the importance of a good manager until I saw really bad manager in the Red Sox dugout. That's what heat that's pretty enlighten me about EC Girardi this week making all the right moves. Other managers Metheny doing what he's doing is Saint Louis as a rookie just a matter of baseball as much as we like to dismiss their importance. Well especially boxing right if it -- strategy beauty part yet and we get up there in pro sports. Questions strategy right away -- -- -- might be wrong but. That's the easy part. There you go back -- your result question what do you learn well I think what they've they should learn is that. Nation not a 180 degree from Terry Francona. Should've done is understood what value out of what things he did really well that made it work in -- perhaps they should look to the next bit to get. -- he talked about in the book value of America -- the value that we follow -- outright didn't do with communication. Was gaining respect. What what little thing just about -- and -- about not letting things get out to meet you before you are the players. And he -- voter rights you know they'll repeal but it ought to visibly. And we product out this year. Well I also think that Bobby. Being in New York as the second manager in town not the first in the late. And ninety's. In early part of the first decade of the 21 century. It's a lot different being a Mets manager New York that it is the Red Sox manager Boston as he found out. How much -- is a detriment. I had Big -- I think -- even though he said you know you can change a lot that aren't that he did try to change somewhat. Still a lot of -- and look over those ten or so years. And often you play a comeback who has a lot of things could care Francona did. And whether -- just tell -- that the catcher of the on the bench players who could replace the next day whether it just keeping up in house. People tell me. Oh well you don't -- grow up they're people is that they get over it would be well I'm charted this as just the reality is between the reality of playing a lot to. The beauty -- I think we were reminded that this year. Are you surprised that Francona jump all over Cleveland where. Would there have been a better possibility a contending possibility for Tito. I'm not because I know how much he respects large spiral -- And and also -- -- what happened here to have healing you know probably a little bit fractured relationship with the upper management. I hope that if you want to go to do that again I think that you want to prioritize open still getting paid money. -- music and money that bit at the levers like against the other. While I speak with him Z really really want to prioritize being unit you know situation that -- with a workable situation. But the future is out there Harvick yeah you know it yet played there. So I think there -- the proper level he had and at this apartment like the art market for Russia in particular. Rob that story. Parts the financial business side dot com. Still has that he's the reporter revisited it about John Landry not to is a solid team tryouts. Solemn pot of it -- on a minority. Partner. Heavier -- anything else about that and what effect would that have in terms of if he does is feeling any kind of financial strain with some of the things they need to do. Well I think are so good about myself saying well aren't you were you the truth lies somewhere in the battle maybe it slightly to one side or the other by. You -- it's such a good amount today it is not the united in. In Charlie reporters that are absolutely trust light sources. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The majority. In the last time I think it should be his -- as well I don't think we're gonna wake up at this time next year and we're -- have a different ownership group like that that's my opinion. But I think if this is a process if they aren't threats to -- the road selling it going to be a couple -- years are helping you to rate it. Red flag nor should -- really like the records are angry at re re we are we -- anything good since July in the last week. I can't wait for -- talk about the eulogy Coby Karl the -- every going to happen. -- -- -- a situation with this eighteen year old Japanese kid who rolls or a hundred miles an hour is with is that another Daisuke situation. At all obviously Africa -- they -- situation it's pretty good about six years ago were. But I think -- -- the -- very well respected guy out there you Detroit bound -- it but he brought -- Our view out the red guard Edgar Merrill is out there as well. View when you have this but he schemes it on the guy like this. You don't put your best foot forward and he just don't know I mean I -- that the Red Sox are backing up the Japanese market because of what that in my docket it. Bit it's probably buoyed by a little bit because the what you see is valid right. So it and let it I mean if if I big -- people have a pretty good track record out there. Because let's recognize that week we look at it that error and it is civil about it yet but we still got six years and there's a reason in the -- There's forty million dollar for the Yankees word it that everybody else on this guy's stuff but not on the ego. Would they have to go to the same process. Our bidding now. No knowledge that the younger guy it's so it's it I bet a lot from. A lot of trial because I am I think it's. Strictly about the this about the money in and out what you -- that just relative eighteen year old folk -- about an hour. By the way not that anybody necessarily around here cares is Daisuke staying in Major League Baseball is the heading to the Far East. I think a -- intention to stay in the United States out of contention. Rubble -- w.'s contract. And it would might end up being very hectic one of the one year contract would be obsolete -- this is the representative. Though I think bit. You're not -- -- terrible terrible result when he came back in error all all of that. But some electric wire -- I don't want you to you know the LPG. What are you having built from there is still somewhat under enough where it. He does I would if you're somewhere you might be able to multi year contract. What intercourse I think he's been around the United States. Rob last question for me Heidi is stocked the shelves but next they're not really I mean I know I'm going to -- it for his base. And they got somebody -- positions that they have to felony after watching the playoffs last night and stuff is and how they even got to compete with these teams. Well Larry you know if you have talked about and it's hard because I think what people remember the Red Sox is what you saw that number. Especially with a lot here's what they're rolling out -- as a first. Actually -- thing is embargo or edited. -- yet though it's hard to get past that right so. Well I think the first thing you have to do I think what it will do identify. A control that they'll look at the free agent market this year but the free agent market fourteen because. That's about the either gonna try to argue in. Players that he might not wanna pay a year from now and that makes you know legitimate targets in terms -- so a shot struck the current. I'd get a picture that you could be -- rotate agent pitcher and that should be your first priority and then you go from there. I think -- like Cody Ross say the site you are. You know it a guy like Torii Hunter becomes her intrepid would argue for Q -- you say to your mental lobby. Yet for the price Brent who local world then I think I thought that's not a bad deal. Well I think the first priority to have a again -- -- who they bought into artwork going to be which controllable pitcher who could pitch in the opera. So does that mean if you bring in hunter is that pretty much saying SI and aren't to this current center fielder. Thought I'm glad it played all honor and yet I think of him as a center -- -- -- -- one of the corner outfield positions. -- I got to ask you this one last thing a bit because I think it's it's it's really interesting but the decline of our -- right -- lately. Does it if you -- -- -- a general manager with have any effect on are you approaching signing some of these older plays to new deals and the length of the deals. Well I actually worked out. Cited what prettier like -- strike no. Daughtry but this -- all seriousness -- instead of focusing on how does the right on track record in -- -- It apple and art is like what. Are you should look at beautiful warning if -- -- situation -- what you look at Josh in that or some of these other guys right. Here is on the free agent market belts are -- like -- don't we start here ourselves mr. It lets you really -- decision. It -- and -- the perfect for this and Barbara for that situation he'd pull out everything else don't do it. It because. Archetype or know what -- -- Yankee go up to -- still in this the Mets well they're not going to written and Hillary why because they happened yet and 89 million. By the end of next year and if they aren't there then they have huge yard penalty. And a lot of becomes difficult because you have contracts like it so it it's a warning shot across the bowel and part of it I -- your baseball. Bottle into effect -- problem like in Ortiz. Rob Bradford from WEEI dot com and of course many show here on WEEI thanks for joining us this morning. Thank Brower up the great work our rob Bradford on Sports Radio.