Mar 27, 2013|
Buster Olney joins the Mut and Merloni program to discuss why he believes the Sox should start Bradley Jr. in the minors and what people around baseball are saying about the young prospect.
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Are thrilled this baseball season to once again be -- one of the best in the business he's -- are only. On ESPN he's becoming great front of the program he begins our baseball season -- we're now what five days away. Opening day for the Boston Red Sox they'll be in New York buster -- and Tom Caron of -- and fame today Dario. And I don't like us they're great to have you back on to become a huge fan your podcast which he started espn.com this year I know you guys talked about it and that's always talked about. The last ten days that is Jackie Bradley junior. A two part question what other Red Sox going to do which Jackie Bradley junior buster what should they do which Jackie Bradley junior start the year. Now you know I mean they've been IndyCar Q you get sort of a bad -- -- her. And my sense is that they look at him. It being a possible exception Q in the general rule that you donated your service I mean he can turn those things. And what it's brought up constantly. I know what their conversations did. Say look what happened with the Braves when Jason Heyward was a rookie they start the year -- that made the playoffs by one game. If you look at the Angels last year who didn't start -- -- -- they went six and working scramble back and fell short because -- played the first month without him. They're there are examples of that and that's -- I'm like yes he would. That they gonna start the year with him on their roster. It's on the reds but it's a no brainer and I would not start the it would then I would say right away 08 gone out of minor league. As we've seen the Dodgers do with the prospect yet he'll week. I think that's what they should do because his agent -- course. He almost certainly not in signing eighteen brand deal. In the first couple years of his career he's probably gonna become a free agent and why not -- -- up by your decision that. You know involves millions of dollars in on the Red Sox in which nine games in April your -- you profit -- -- about it you know. -- buster it's it's a good you know you're answered just encapsulated two hours of on talk radio here and I think I did the beginning was my point Debbie and was months point. I I get my point wise I just think it's a rare moment in Red Sox history are really a lot of teams in history. Where the other business decision as an easy one like you said you protect him for the yanks for a year the baseball decision for the best -- -- guys now would be keep mop. The PR decision which you should never use that as part of your decision making abilities except I think right now you have to look at the Red Sox you have to. Put something out on the field that to get people to buy back into this team and if he can't. If he doesn't get the job done if he's not ready or the teams really struggling he can send out that -- -- -- I just think. It's a little tougher in this case that he usually is with these guys is -- Oh and I that I hear that -- get tight you know group at Oakmont. A lot of my friends are Red Sox and they told me all last summer Allen watchable and Allen likable they thought the Red Sox work. And here you have odd guy and I know. You know -- I'm sure that itching to talk with them. You know Tom you having been down there a lot. I mean what an unbelievable kids -- a great guy -- -- -- for the Red Sox in terms they have. This this type of player with its kind of personality that beginning of the year these self torture. Even looks like he's going to be their -- Derek Jeter really doesn't mean that it's like now I can -- terms would be able to handle things. When he gets up I'll get -- a story. -- before. We get areas in Red Sox yankees game last week you know I I wanted to talk to him at the outset of the game. And I explain dome before we went on the -- it's okay this -- askew and you. How you feel about your chances for making the roster now I reporter noted that the question loaded with trap doors at all. It'd be it at the wrong way are you might get himself into trouble but I -- why I -- heads up -- god give Machida is sort of -- over it. And you could see it is basically even seeing right away all would replace any goalie that are. And he answered it perfectly he certainly is prepared. As a player when you look at the walk strike out ratio summit that reminds you Pedroia when he was in the minor league. But I do think that when you look at the best front teams in baseball and in particular that Tampa Bay Rays they always figured in the service time clock because. It's the best way to run a business to make sure that your players are productive. And they're absolutely cost efficient when they're on the clock. And I do think that you know you -- in nine days in nineteen. And he called -- again. By early today that no one is gonna remember that -- -- start the season with them. Good because we had a disagreement on air during our broadcast or -- -- -- That you know you go sit down and they'll be here. Not a he played well early then he would have even a more typical political decision to make and that's why I think. Just start it with him and quietly. Awestruck with you compare them for personality may be -- team standpoint to Derek Jeter what the scouts telling you. About player comps is there a guy in Major League Baseball center fielder Major League Baseball that he compares favorably to. You know what happened at the question in exactly that way. But I will tell you that when I talked with out that the -- -- -- gritty big big -- ready to be the big leagues they think he's going to be is a guy you can help the Red Sox you're quite calm. Easy 125 best players I don't think there's any question about it. Now yeah I you know again I just. I just find it very interesting decision beyond the baseball -- about like you said buster of the yards as a righty comes out here and and they come back from the road trip and he did a great catch at Yankee Stadium eighty's hitting 32 and -- and you know eight becomes really yard. To send him down for those twenty days. Very hard to make that up I guess the other question is. You know as a fan and if you're looking at this. You gotta ask yourself where do you think this Red Sox team is it close enough to contending for a playoff spot that Jackie Bradley junior can make the difference I think the division is so. -- that even if you're picking Boston or New York to finish fourth or fifth -- probably talking about a team that's probably still gonna be 45 games within first place 'cause I think this all the visions going to be -- how do you -- BA at least. Totally agree with you I I you know that is talking with my colleagues you know we've had a difficult -- -- -- figure out -- -- -- in his -- Among the fight scenes. Unit along with who's gonna finished first I think you literally could pick any better at. Of the five teams and come up with plausible scenarios every single time. I can. You know after wrestling -- it and end up being around the Yankees got picking them last in the division I beat big steps to the issue of that lineup. I've got the Red Sox that are about the Orioles first I think -- a lot more pitching depth that we think giving him credit for during the course what are. But I agree with -- that you know the division so close it is funny because you can. You can take that argument and -- either -- an old Jackie Bradley junior thing on one hand that the debate is going to be a close you don't wanna give up one or two games. In April which you might get one if you had him on the team and on the flip side. You could say well you know it's not like they're gonna get blown out by some super team in the division because -- that -- their current club. So so buster you 2005 -- -- last night of the Yankee dynasty 2013. We finally getting through it. Why I didn't I would still argue that you got the one with the end of the Yankee diet now from net O'Neill Tino Martinez -- but I did think that we are seeing. Shipped to where there at Derrick crossroad now. You know I think Brian Cashman and the Yankees general managers being buried deferential Derek Jeter and very polite in saying things like what Derek. It was -- that he can be back and people sick after he said last week it you know he could become back an opening day. Even if they played more than five innings at shortstop in an exhibition game when you -- to watch him Rodney drag it'll play. He he's not close to being full speed. And Brian -- said that they're not gonna put him on the Major League roster until he demonstrates the complete nine innings. It's shortstop and back to back date I don't weeks eating and close the gap. He hit 38 year old guy who. And deport people around it all respect and so much. But the bottom line if he he may never be the paint defensively at shortstop coming back from a major ankle injury. And and I guess now I'm beginning to think that they're not gonna get a whole bunch out of this year and think about it when it seemed an open. The players who worst possible for 201. Added they're 245. Homers last year will not be available to them because neither departures -- injuries. Great step -- ESPN joining us the division itself like you said top to bottom is tight where do you view. Baltimore because I see a team that over achieved last year and usually buster these teams over TV in. They -- sign a big name player I don't see any sort of big name signing in the almost went opposite what they did exactly did did. -- before a couple of small pieces can in Baltimore Buck Showalter repeat in the AL -- I think they can and it and it hit lightning that spring training I was actually prepared to pick the Blue Jays to win the division based on what they've done in the off season and it what did Orioles camp. And -- and -- sort of realized that you know what -- didn't have everything go right last year yet they did great one run games. But they didn't have a whole he's in a Manny Machado and now they do and he certainly change -- defense. And the other thing too is they had so many. High eight and type pitchers in their camp. That you you know that it -- they're gonna have the option to change it got Dylan Bundy. But I told -- one general manager of the best tight school pitching prospect he's never seen. They'll probably be up this year -- -- caught and number four overall pick last year he's had a great spring training. You know big dollars they'll have a or beaten out of him. They have a lot more pitching and we think that's why picking them to win and -- out of the Blue Jays. Major major questions about the bullpen and and I beat the -- accident have a good bullpen. Yankees inevitable and Orioles -- they're gonna have really good bullpen. -- and that they real problem for Toronto that's -- picking them or. You know we talk about the the Red Sox -- today but I think we all agree it still comes back to the pitching they scored enough runs last year was the pitching that went south in September of 2011 it was the pitching that wasn't their last year. -- John Farrell was back -- manager but the but the more important relationship is obviously the pitching coach and won the evidence is really working on Jon Lester clay -- to pick up their tempo. I'll work quicker and is that good result the spring training I know you can't take too much stock got a grapefruit league results but if you're -- Red Sox fans. How encourage should you be by what you've seen from western buckles in Florida. You should be encouraged. Because no one ever data whether or not you know Jon Lester clay buckle that challenge -- -- hasn't manifested itself especially last year. It's much -- it had in the past. And I really wondered about -- X-Factor for the -- that's going into spring training I. Tom I I probably don't -- -- you -- -- victory -- -- responded it but I literally never been around a group of employees or more unhappy in any business are. And that group was last year I thought they were miserable. And not that bad job by itself by worked in a executed Keller. And I hated it. And -- two totally cloud your -- year sort of vision to go to the work everyday. And I really think it that was something that capitalist you with a red -- guy he didn't want to beat there will get what this year. Big deal they're excited to come to work they'd like John Farrell. They feel good about things and I do think it that there's some element of that I don't know how to quantify that. But I that you probably were more aware that you know this spring -- you're -- the team more than nine. I know question and well I've got to might respond to last year at all I mean talking -- and you know Boston you talked -- clubhouse guys and guys are on the team you can really get the temperature of his team. These guys saying it's a long time since spring training has been. You know an atmosphere where players are hanging around after the work day and talking about baseball you know it used to be a you know you could hear those wheels screech and out of the parking lot you know ninety seconds after the workout was officially over. I think you're right I mean does that translate into wins will see. -- you know that that there were plenty Oakland a's teams in New York Yankees teams back in the David did a great chemistry and won a lot of games but I do think. When you're going to be in -- division I think you know a lot of teams are going to be in the mid eighties upper eighties for win total. Not being able that it stayed together play together is something this team is sorely lacked here for a couple years maybe more than most any other team in baseball. No doubt about it and I think the quote -- that would meet from last year was. You know one player talked about how to feeling was there said. Everybody hates everybody that's not the case anymore and I think you know as we look at Jon Lester had to buckle -- -- I mean we need to look at it through that -- as well as. Is it just making with a pitch. We'll put on the spot here buster you're gonna have to make your picks for ESPN a by guarding post my apologize for -- World Series prediction here for 2013 knowing that. We always get all these wrong it's no big. It's an open and yeah just remind everybody I had the -- beat the Diamondbacks last year a case of an idiot. But I don't find it did he predicts to be the most decent thing we do it maybe the most fun thing we do. I -- -- the nationals beating the Tigers the World -- think the national far away at the most talent. In baseball and I've heard from a number of general managers where they'd look at the Tigers being. The most talented team in the American League and guys an -- short at their defense right it would Torii Hunter. -- mark on today. Back into the rotation looks good kick return don't have it ready out yesterday he looked like -- going to be able to be closer at some point issue that'd be great. That's why you brought the Tigers nobody even asked about the Tigers is I said in the post game show. On October 3 after game 162 the one guy I want the Red Sox to go get this offseason was Torii Hunter and you know -- what they accomplished anyway it was that. That chemistry changed atmosphere changed. I don't Torii Hunter was the perfect guy to come in and do that now obviously we know what he can do in the clubhouse how much can do on the field to help the Tigers become that great team. Well we know that they were. According to metrics the worst offensive team in baseball and he still it in the league right fielder L if you look at some of the the numbers statistics for how he alleged here. Especially it made it possible that his numbers have come down but that'll be more than offset by. You know what he does defensively and here's a big thing guys Victor Martinez is back and he looks great. And he looks so much the middle and again and last year I haven't funny but I think they ranked twenty ninth it thirtieth and -- yet. In the number five spot in the line up behind Miguel Cabrera. And behind Prince Fielder can attack but Delmon Young -- -- get the job done. Now you drop Victor Martinez in that lineup. -- day if they completely different look at that he'd watched him -- Buster we appreciate look at port talk in baseball at the again throughout the year -- on the show enjoy the opening weekend of baseball puck in next weeks we get set for. The began to for the Red Sox yankees week from today. Report -- alleviate EST -- joining us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LT he was speeds. Up to ten times faster than three GT AT&T rethink past wanna spend a lot of time they would buster. On the Red Sox in the division would that be some bigger question how bad as Houston going to be the National -- stop -- it's I wanna say that for next week because obviously Jackie Bradley junior. 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