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Mike Hazen, Red Sox Assistant GM

Nov 8, 2012|

Kirk, Alex and Ian Browne talk with Mike, who is at the GM Meetings, about some of the trade rumors that have come out of the meetings regarding the Red Sox. They also talk abouthow quickly talks can go, as the market can change at a moments notice.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Hot stove show in 937 WEI Kirk -- and Alex beer Ian Brown in for rob Bradford. And joining us now on the AT&T hotline is the assistant general manager. For the Boston Red Sox Mike -- Mike it's Berkman and Alex spear in yeah -- how are you this evening. I'm not too much I don't I don't wanna pick as you know I'm following the stop on Twitter all of them on line of the trade stuff like as you know was a fan. And when when I see these analysts -- -- do -- architect sometimes it's one of these reporters are Bradford neighbor and just some completely ludicrous junk rumor NC colleagues that gets. Always always always want to help -- The other -- -- not they. Now they they work hard to do -- job but -- I would like -- Bradford in another direction. That's fair that's farewell I will say that Bradford. Today. Among some other guys should it be fair report here the last couple of hours your your team as strong interest in Kuroda. I'm wondering if that is that keep that interest him in the past we know what what is your feelings of him as a pitcher he has. Yeah I mean I'm gonna talk about -- and obviously you know we have we universe created out there right now I mean certainly everybody's -- -- -- -- players that would be of interest I don't think that's any secret on the court you'll certainly we also look at ways to enhance our rotation corner infield or outfield. You know most of the doing it -- first base. You know all the guys that are out there were connecting where we're talking with the agents. Obviously talking a little traits and they're well beyond the beyond the natural free agent through so know everybody and player right now the nature of the beast and now you know -- Right in a way out here it would everybody and you know -- happened on the court to the next one so. Can you speak specifically about courtesy picture what you see from just just as a pitcher. Yeah and -- -- a good pitcher earlier got to be able all 220 -- the American League uses. Is. There's there is interest in pitcher from -- -- thought he got ought to make up the pitch of the division I -- guys. You know we saw that unfortunately gets -- quite a bit this year. So Mike. Dealing with the kind of broader universe that you alluded to about of starting pitchers given. The performance of the starting rotation last year and the fact that you guys are pretty comfortable with four of the guys you that you're bringing back four guys for the spots. For that fifth starter can you afford a so called might buy low guy. May be someone who's trying to rebuild his value due to injury or diminished performance or you need to identify someone with greater performance certainty around -- irritation. All I'm here I think anybody would want greater certain be around the rotation ought to -- matter caught whether in dollars or or acquisition caught the trade like. You know the buy -- open were always looking out we're always looking to take risks on those guys. I think. You know guys are scouting staff and a good job like -- -- -- got out. -- will continue to do those things but. -- to work on all fronts I think. Thought you gotta shoot for upside gotta shoot for the guy that's gonna make an impact in the rotation first and get a read you know -- -- If you don't know where you wanna be necessarily -- a -- of guys. And and maybe be -- go to another direction. Work all the brought to the same time and just because so many conversations are going. You know they're happening every date the market -- forward guys aren't got -- treated market changes and you know you need a year ago. In order to make a deal or part of a play on somebody to make sure that those things don't go away on it without without you get the chance that. Not participate but I think you know person or you know I don't -- our rotation brought -- -- that -- now. Last year seemed somewhat extraordinary ended at the end of the creation -- there was a Kuroda available on a one year deal there was an Edwin Jackson available on a one year deal. Do you think that that's that that's that that can be replicated year over year was that just you know luck of the Crawford you know preceding the 2012 season. I think they'll think don't go got to throw it can be out there now it may not be you know you look back -- -- to our -- out the day decade now been almost a one year deal. You know both guys are always out there I think -- the differing degrees river current and out. But it but again you know your your your or both sides those markets. But I think -- got -- going to be out there. Mike Garrett -- -- one -- intriguing guys in the outfield market is restoring honor and a and I and I and actually get into. Specific players but does unless you. Yemeni paws on a guy like that with his track Greg with his -- just based on the experience he does have a with Mike Cameron you know about three years ago when he signed him. You know can't get into specifics stoppages as elude to apologize guerrilla let's say that every player in individual every situation is independent. You know it's it's full error and I think to make. Connection the guys that have nothing to do with each other just because they play a certain position or there there are relatively the same page. You know the showing more variables that go into each and every one of these guys. You know there -- pedigree where they come from former track injury history although things that you got the way. When you're making the decision about one you don't want it you can't go into it. You know make him maybe he'll do something one year and it in the -- and work out exactly how you wanna do and say OK from now on the right off the this. You know type player whether the -- rather be. Know when they get right left position though I suspect you all your cap you opened minded and examine every. Every situation there. -- -- I -- Mike -- as it kind of pursuing outfielders here how -- -- of the fact that you know you have. -- rank you -- you know Branson and Jackie Bradley junior and and just then you know not not blocking those guys want wants they're ready to become a full time player story. Yeah I mean that we certainly have guys that we really believe in coming up. But they're it you know can't stop us from going out late in 2013. Team as good as possible while also. You know keeping old -- always in the back your mind when you're when you're entering into the older we're talking about trades like you know we we have to be available. That are making the 2013 team better as well you not a long term future. Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen joins us Mike is obviously Palm Springs what town has -- specifically. I don't know we're somewhere in the middle at. Indian Wells. I mean there's no difference between wells Palm Springs it's some. Torture not drive off court earlier -- now what's the temperature. Around -- period each day I think somewhat similar looked all caught up in the northeast. Yeah yeah the life -- wife and kids back here. That that's right by the way guys -- -- retro cool but it -- pretty -- -- -- Last you know -- there's plenty of middle Brooks trade talk I do wonder I understand. Untouchable is is it is a tricky word but is it the point now where you could not envision a scenario where he got moved -- all for anybody. It would be extremely -- or removal. You know you look very good player I think what he did this year. I showed the ability play in our market our team. It's all extremely well -- a lot of challenges. Unfortunate yeah and get hurt into the -- he's. -- got a pretty pretty important for our player. -- look anything can happen. But I would probably say I don't help or. With regards to the areas of positional need you identified them you know of them you know first base the two outfield corners and such you know starting pitcher. Is there any sense of whether you're more likely to acquire first baseman via trade or free agent at this point is that seems like a particularly tricky market I mean how does that. For that first base market compare to the supply dynamic -- the supply and demand dynamics of like starting pitching in the outfield at this point. Extremely challenging course out right now and then not not just in general been trying to -- -- -- are you gotten any answers. But you know also. You know the market shapes up you know the GM -- sort of the starting point of the conversations so many teams just wrapped up this year than just starting to look at next year. In -- start you know hey what are you going to be what do we want. You know it started out there talking -- You know by the winner being you watch -- much more solidified market terms of where things are going you know they'll be guys that -- earlier over the next couple weeks are going to be got -- just. Just pulled out I mean again I hate to repeat myself but you know you played on all fronts you know -- You're dealing with the free agent market content setting out watching where the market move and you're using values sorted determined you know. What are going to be in trait in all of the ball or start getting beyond reasonable. You start looking at other avenues to acquire and then on the on the other parts you know you get in that situation via trade where. The player become reasonable and start -- appropriate and the other. You gotta walk down that that parallel path. At all times don't very early in terms of nothing market's gonna look like you know even two weeks. So let's plucked -- apparel hypothetical path because I know you have hypotheticals. When you have -- a need at first base so in a hypothetical scenario. You know if Adrian given where the franchise is now if you had a chance to since you repeat the Adrian Gonzales deal sending a few of your top prospects. For an established star caliber first baseman you do it. -- -- -- -- Yeah I'll -- the roster is now. Don't think you know it -- they are now you know I think. Looking at where we are today. Burks is where we were a few years ago we're a different place you know I think coming off the seat and -- we did and looking for what we want it to build. For the next. You know 35710. Years you know we're going to be relying on on -- young players to -- -- And be part of that court future not thought they were -- -- Gload get the star player to do it all comes down the Hawks. -- time off that -- adult you'll look what we felt like we should do the cart opted to. Impossible say that that situation can present itself again and who goes in the attic from back down to the -- through that particular players. Underneath that player going to be you know certainly we need to continue to enhance our rotation. Starting pitching that you know somebody come in and out for that position. First -- -- pitchers. You know that's going to be its offer entrusted -- the points are given what we're trying to build from a pitching. Airports and you know that that's. Sort child in that regard the hypothetical or a million ways but you know at the time beating adult -- -- what we need to make. -- a different look slightly different plate and we -- Mike how hard is it to gauge nowhere quickly see some hardware that right now kind of what -- way you can count on them for you know next season. -- pretty tough but think about what the end of the season. Certainly it would have been a much -- dynamic walking into the offseason that noble got a 300 in September. Didn't do that. We got to trust what our scouts what are what our player all the guys what their -- history tell us. I know it especially -- in which case with regard to offer substantial what was seen from -- -- at the airport you know caught more than ever caught this year. -- -- -- -- This year I think that probably. And ended up. Opponents and that catching a limit in the dispute and some. But you know that its -- talked go to -- no looking -- the streets that perspective and then. You know just completely say hey you know that is the way were all. But at the same time like I said we have to go back in and trust the valuation the timeouts there with a guy. Personalities and they got the work ethic. And believe that you know it is a slightly different. Situation you know and -- through the system fairly quickly. You know we that we believe in god sent to potential and think that he's gonna outlaw that the potential well may be a little longer timeframe. But he is the chance to impact the game right now. Again I think it comes back to trusting. You know those in your system -- player development are. Talk about these guys that are with these guys every day and really really try to separate the performance that saw it's a number I mean. We go back to this I'm not saying guys are gonna show up and be rookie year that you keep. But you know had we taken the snapshot at this at the conversation you'll be at 2006. What car racial and Pedroia you know we try to remind ourselves that a little bit to make sure that we. Proper respect not to say that we -- through what we saw September and some way shape -- but we also keep that. Well -- -- is a -- -- who have no excuses because when I'm reading you guys in Ireland thirteen hitting coach is right. Is that right but I read that and everybody. Why is that work is it gonna be two hitting coaches on this team if there is you guys close to me you know naming them it's the series candidates in the next. -- better question for John I think theoretically that's their that's the move -- talked about internally. I'll still try to put the pieces out together -- out and edited yet that would identify we haven't started interviewing. That group -- Guys yet we should be were that'll win the next couple weeks old we have something wrapped up fairly quickly after that have happened late. You know the big bulk -- the staff have been put together which is. I think could be banned -- given the time spent last off the putting up together through the end of November and into December. -- focus this year it. Much quicker this year to the personnel side think and hope that on the personnel which you occupying a lot greater percent of our. That -- can only help. But that that probably direction we're going from hitting -- airport but you know the typical we will start to emerge here in the next week attendance. By Mike here's I want to use tonight and they get a lot of lot of stopping to get a couple of free hours without the without -- pool drinking hand. Funny by -- lumber Abraham Bradford. In there you know and their bathing suits my -- Roger and apple -- enjoy that -- and they get back to work. That's why I can't sit back is that the -- at the palms were you spoke. Or I think you wrote it around and beard that always went out there note that if it's a portability and drive from Toronto which is drawn from a veteran like that question. Yeah I'll shoot it. The end -- that you wouldn't. It Nazis there. Microphone and yeah upside down might I play economic I think -- pass the microphone to -- -- kind of reached around behind my back in. I'd be all cool Owens. Helping on penalty on -- that then yeah accountability due to -- I think though we are about right after that yeah. And camaraderie and everybody or pretend to not know actually hit it and that's one thing those guys and this camaraderie all the way no doubt about it. Thanks a lot. Like -- -- cocktail hour out there will go oh. My keys and that Sox assistant general manager kindness to join us.

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