Mar 1, 2013|
Tim Kurkjian joins Mut and Merloni from the Red Sox facilities in Fort Myers to discuss the team, the AL East, and where he thinks the Sox will finish in the division.
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I live from Florida Tim what Lou are you. Well it's just dandy Tim -- I -- go well -- -- -- you're enjoying sunny Florida but. Laid off of your comments. You look at this frost to last year riddled with other -- injuries or poor performance and you could say that about some of the freed as they brought in here as well but I still think it's you tell me what would people say nationally because. What do more intriguing teams I think out there right now biggest unknown because there's talent to win. But it's been in a lot of guys got to bounce back. Yeah I mean a lot has happened I mean that started the error in last year was. -- over high who has the highest fire Red Sox team the 1920. Mean. Significant improvement is an -- after the air and note John Lackey going to be able to help Ryan Dempster in the elite how much help -- he will be back. Have they Lester is going to be significantly better spot called significantly better. In theory that old and should be significantly better whatever and it began in people's as a mop. I mean highly encourage the little I've seen that the Red Sox so far and second around people that pain -- several. People in authority say do not count the red act out and they don't necessarily say that they paint -- Red Sox are really good. It sure the American League east is not edit right now I mean we usually get cute so I 390 went into out of the east. And I'm just not sure where does -- anything close to that this year. Like what I can't try and I like all right I'm Omar and I liked what I -- what the rays but yeah I'm not suggesting any of those -- -- ninety's I went and and that's why he can't count the -- -- out of that -- you. Tim here locally I don't think the word encourages the word people used about the red -- -- skeptical. Is a much. Much more -- what ward that we get from fans of this -- about the Red Sox in 2013. Lonsky. What makes you -- encouraged about what you've seen from this team. Well exhaled and some holes that they needed -- -- will see exactly how good Mike Napoli is first base his strike outrage is swearing in midstream went way up last year and we'll -- incorrect. You can -- John Kirk who. It will look at pain that I really admired some of the things that each. Share they had some people. If I have a bit of an Amsterdam including Shane Victorino guys like cats and I think that's really important I think they haven't. At -- at 8 -- victory note and it adds something to the mix. I don't know old uncle -- drop a long way it last year we'll see how much he has left I'd like to paint her mistakes. Andy's got another good year elected him. Actually manager told me the other candidate Stephen Drew is going to be a perfect one year addition to this team. Everybody out there loves little middle Brooks assuming he doesn't get hurt by the wrist again or anything like that. Again and -- out of danger -- -- bounced back here what he get healthy again and and how are not suggesting they're gonna be really -- -- -- the division to add to pick you have to. And understands. That and is very very right. And I think -- could be eighteen. -- surprised I sent the great -- Every -- that division and -- that it all -- of them -- everything around right can win the division and I don't even know what to do -- this -- bit perplexed by the very end at any debate tonight -- quite a lot. You know -- just to get down -- covered his team I'm sure he'd probably gonna talk John -- about Jackie Bradley junior if you haven't already. When you let the give him very advanced approach already in this game he's only had one full season in the minor -- probably came to camp thinking. I'm just here to open up semis the company at a spot orbit three weeks and now -- can be more than that meet you would you be shocked at all with. Maybe not the start the object -- Bradley's in the -- built somewhere at some point this year. Yeah what surprised me is specially lit guys -- -- in this. I'll -- and I in the end I need the other day it was impressive. Why should play the outfield and watching him run the bases and -- took a couple of really good swing. And -- hey guys in two -- being an age when you have a player. -- make -- not very much money and you grow in the what are your guys and -- looked up here -- -- not to go get a retread outfielder for a couple years but strategy bill and our guys and -- ready if he's not. And back and it gets ready down in the minor league now I'm in it it's got the see how the outfield play but. I don't think there's obviously room for him out one other thing eloquently guys sleepy yet. The trip and -- he was there and and what kind of club how present he was. And I know most people look at him and guys it's going to be it's -- left fielder and I -- I think -- little more than that and 88 convince me that they're currently at him. In in several trips away so it gets another guy who brings a little bit of an -- a little -- when he experienced -- so. There should be I lost and I dare I understand I'm not trying to sugar coat anything. -- just tell you this division is open and that no read Red Sox whether -- quick start you know they are saying -- from the start. Yeah that that's one year I thought they kind of fell short this offseason it's unlike a big market team not getting a corner outfield and Jonny Gomes if he's a fourth alpha platoon guy a lovable right now on the left field and maybe that maybe Mike Carp slides in there against right he's possessed you majority -- bats. The shot getting bought their let me -- Rang again insurance -- in contention to send them to some degree we all know this is not a very good year. For free agents there weren't a whole lot of corner out -- out there who are really gonna make a difference there were very few free agents out there that we're gonna make -- -- in Granite -- yet. Any of the -- guys -- the two premiere guys spent. This is what they're gonna try to win it now I'm I know we'll see how it goes fascinated by that he not because I think. They're really good at that would all the changes they've made and the the big change in manager I await the other are. We're talking ESPN's Tim -- and he is live -- Red Sox camp today he and John -- have been reporting. Up throughout the day on sport center -- the strength of this team -- they're gonna make that run and surprise like you say they could it's going to be out of apple pan. And the dial -- be asked about down there is Daniel -- because a couple of years ago Daniel Bard was the most trusted reliever. It Terry Francona -- anymore so the Papelbon the way they used him. Do they feel like they have found it would Daniel Bard is their hope that he can regain what we saw a couple of years to go to his deadly and that seventh eight inning situation. Well actually accurate again and there inquiry -- and -- and I'd just logically have to think with a lot season that he's coming off it's going to be difficult. To be captured that maybe we learn collapse and that the law about role that is all about comfort in the app aren't I. And obviously the Red Sox did not handle him very well and eat in the middle of very well last year by. I don't think he blocked any opportunity I don't think he -- any real stop its. Matter of getting their act together now it appears that pitch in the eighth inning in the camera and the ninth you have all of the other guys daily looted -- the seventh. I truly -- this is the strength of the team and you guys seen out championship teams I'm not suggesting current facts are. Will -- championship teams -- leaders have been built around it really deep personal -- At the follow up we -- this though you just mention a bunch of guys and elsewhere we -- who looks like a good offseason acquisition they liked to meet his outlook. If it gets the point where. Everyone's pitching well you expect in -- Bailey to potentially get traded -- ten and up on a close or somewhere else and somebody else's roster. That's certainly possible but you know what it could really year last year you have to wonder is is it in -- child -- it has to be able. I think he may -- a year. In the seventh inning or the eighth -- to show everybody I'm still a good picture. And then once -- and that Egypt because her job next here at the colts this year most teams. Pretty much have -- covered at the end. Just -- the tiger yesterday ever wonder about you know the kid that they have in the ninth inning you throw a hundred miles an hour at least 22 it needs a little bit robbed at. I think most teams are pretty well covered that would be closer and I would think paley would pay here they would look you can't say you can help as well and it just I do in the ninth inning. A lot of talk in the least about Toronto Blue Jays it and you know. The Taj almost all the other way unity when you acquire guys now we don't wanna say they're going to be any good because you say look at this team it didn't work. I think it's actually different there because I still think it's ball pitching and I like Johnson and like -- and I think -- moral can be the best start this year. Is that their division to lose. I get blue Jay and I think it's fair division -- I was really impressed by that are out of their pension gap. -- -- -- -- more importantly he's the fourth starter on the Ricky Romero is there opening day starter is of concern that seem. And that he would spend some real depth but also really senseless. -- they're free swinging and you know really aggressive hitters. It's kind of feel like John Gibbons who can make -- there and hey boys we're just gonna go after now. -- gonna parent cat leapt up and that's the way this team plays. Pat I think I think John -- leaving there was. And Indian replaced by a different type of manager. I think it's gonna help the blue -- eight in -- -- as I mean John Gibbons has been here before work. And I think he's just what they needed just -- about an old school guy -- than boys. -- ago and I really -- from from talking and they're guys that. They're very good team right now and I think the team to beat and that debate. You got Toronto as a team to beat him you got the Red Sox in last place. -- to have began where he had the Yankees after they are offseason. Well I have -- any sort late. All very fluid right now because everything can change in the business. You know he carried it about as I knew it -- granderson out now. They're down about a hundred EE two -- from last year which are gone and everything else to look -- starting outfield in -- -- like yankees they didn't come up and Accenture. Jeter can net you really hear it coming back from the big injury. I can appear until July and then kudos to even come back -- look like. I mean an awful lot in -- elements starting rotation which should be the -- is already has. Did have an issue I mean you know marry our -- and -- and 43. I think a record for most days -- forty year old that he's been that sick. Connect count -- -- to get 360. A lot to worry about what the Yankees they always find away. I think eventually here they're saying that the parity program -- We're back and that we you don't get more players and I don't -- write that they bit. -- -- great stuff the reports all day with you and John have been awesome appreciate the time will pocket throughout season. 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