Apr 24, 2013|
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the possibility of the Red Sox trading Aceves and talks about the call up of Daniel Bard.
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Launched on our Butler got a three point seven WEEI every Wednesday at this time we talked ESPN's buster only on all things baseball buster. He's brought to you by -- space by Toyota Nashua. And by a RS restoration specialist. So any rain soaked game yesterday buster that was just atrocious the point -- Red Sox. Red Sox are giving people tickets to today's game -- tomorrow -- and actually sat through yesterday's game that's how bad the weather wasn't Fenway. Alfredo savage threw up all over himself I had an awful third inning and had some comments after the game and if he's traded what's the market for a guy like that who can start who can close you can pitch middle relief is there any market offers services out there and beat trade. I'd be surprised after he had an incident spring training a bad you guys remember that live BP session. In which he wasn't giving a 100% effort his name was talked about. Among other executives and I asked one general manager you know what to -- get -- if not -- Basically because his reputation. As the team made -- so bad. Now that's not to do rule out the possibility that he would go someplace else and actually pitch okay. But I think all the personality stuff we've seen in the last few years. Either certainly is going to mitigate some -- interest in adding him while giving something up that they consider to be worthwhile. So maybe -- read the best thing the right side and hope for would be some degree of salary relief and there are certainly seemed out there. We take -- shot Adam. Because they're struggling for pitching and you think about it seemed like the Angels who were actually star right now you know maybe they would take a shot Adam. And I but I again I don't think they're gonna get anything series in return base -- whatever from rival general managers. Over your bench Eric didn't buster and done such a nice job of kind of changing the culture the attitude with this team. And you know it's all about controlling players right maybe not this guy comes back. City kid down as you have options even -- us Davis has options at what point does he throw his hands up and say you know he is not exactly. What where we wanna move forward with what the team that we put together it's not gonna work and just move on from immunity can't deal. Yeah I agree review and I think -- you know a lot of it depends and what the internal conversation was last night after the game I thought John -- quotes about. Lack of focus in and I I was flipping back and forth between games so I didn't see all the samples that were written about today. But the fact that they left him in to take that beating. Made me wonder okay. There's some kind of push pull thing going on here. In it in the meeting Bayside last night you know like he basically just. It stopped competing on the -- that's what they believe -- you got to move Madison as possible because they got a great thing going. You know I had Jonny Gomes. I don't podcast that they do. Yesterday and he was talking about. It -- great atmosphere it is with the Red Sox in the and he was well aware like players all around baseball work. And hell I talked to do was last year within the read that clubhouse where they move past that. And that David is one of those guys do you know -- -- last year and he's still around you've got to turn the page and it's not like week. They don't have other options especially being -- -- comes up. It really establishes himself I think -- Davis values really wrapped up in his versatility. But he had. You know the distractions. To the question to that is effort -- way. Well he's actually producing on the field more than just move on and I think that they may have reached that point last night. If they were saying in their internal meetings that they thought except competed. They were really good thing goal in the bullpen some pretty good year to couple hiccups but for the most part it's been great Hanrahan goes down Bailey has stepped in. Buster what should John Ferrell do when Hanrahan comes back is Billy early in the closer role back the eagle Hanrahan how's the best way to handle that. I would. Probably. It can't keep -- in that role because that's what he's done in recent years. That's what you that you require him to do I think Billy is demonstrated that he can be an effective setup man. And I noticed that there are general managers managers who believe that when you take a guy out of the closer role during the year. That theory is that sense of failure that doesn't go away and so that's why sometimes there are reluctant. To do that in midstream didn't have to wait for the repeated violation and look at the Cubs with Marmol. You know look at this situation a few years ago that the cardinal -- with Ryan Franklin. They were right keeping the guys at the back and they plan on because he keeps to structure together but I do think. Because the division competitive and because they do have a lot of options. After awhile it all comes down to who's throwing the best. Plus we're a lot of scouts in spring training talk about -- Webster's in one of the better younger arms. They saw even in spring training now we get a look at him in the big leagues and I thought was extremely impressive stroke prone -- strikes with three different pitchers the changeup was devastating. What is the talk around baseball what Alan Webb to can be and basically what the Red Sox got returned for such a trade that changed -- organization. People that it came to worse screaming about that trade last year after it was made because they felt like it would the Dodgers could have done. What to tell the Red Sox look we know you want didn't the other us that we know we want. Webster but there's no chance you're getting those guys we got in my particular all the dead money up your payroll. When they gave up you know to their best pitching prospects. Executive doesn't he use scratching their head because they looked at both of those guys could be potential impact type guys. And I I've heard the same stuff through spring training you guys did about from scouts about Webster and how good he could be. I wish I get a chance to see that start of the night but that was played something he would start game. And I know that everything he did. Confirm what people believe about what he's potential could be and that's why when that trade was made people are saying that. It -- bench Harrington it was one of the best trade that seen in recent years. Talking to buster only BSP and we do we do so every every week at this time Mike Napoli got 25 RBIs at last check he was right there at the top and he led the league. -- in that category he signs a one year deal -- sentence after that three and 39 rates buster. Let me go way way ahead and say he has a year like -- seven right now it's a hundred RBIs is 282930. Home runs is he gonna command big money is a free agent again or did the hip concerning the Red Sox. Uncovered here lead dog in the rest of his career financially. I think it'll hurt them. And you know a lot of it's gonna come down to exactly what doctors -- in that condition. In the year here and now they're there they have enough pictures that that they have where they can determine exactly where he's physically that he regrets thing. But it actually surprised me that it was as much of an impact it is that it has much of an impact did because they know the Rangers. We're aware of it you know that that issue was worth hanging on him and he actually. Played a lot of the last two years with that and I you know that's why. I thought for sure someone might jump in and try to rest him away from the Red Sox when that deal wasn't getting done. But it may have made it might just decided look I like the situation like this park. I can establish myself -- more the first baseman as opposed to someone who values built -- the catcher. And that's what he's doing this year and you've got to -- and there's no park better made for him -- that -- in Fenway Park. Both are watching his game last night to the time that I did they see Bartolo Cologne on the mound. Any any -- pretty much 90% fastballs from day one all year long it's a good run on -- put. I know he's suspended for fifty games they make this -- in a cup pretty much every single day take blood from every single day because. FL -- doing the right in front of us respect you fools that everybody. Well in and I can tell you that would sound executive felt the last two years that made me angry that he would have been six at. But all you can do is -- in as much you can. And and you know continue the investigation in Miami PD -- And that's being done but beyond that. They did not like he can do what I can tell you guys. You're definitely current players who have not been busted in the last year. Where exactly -- and out -- -- -- and and you believe that garbage you know blows me look how he's changed physically. Look at different you look at his production I'm not buying an attitude GOP. You know they're they're certainly players to I think it's -- and Eric. The free agent offers they got were affected by day and the trade offers that involve them. Really affected by the perception these guys are not plan -- level that they are cheating but there's nothing you can deal which is why. I fully understand. And agree with the fact that Oakland even after a busted play for them last year. When he became a free agent like you know what we're gonna sign him because. We don't have any control over this didn't and Major League Baseball does the testing and if it telling us the players considerate he's been really effective pitcher them. We mentioned the trade that brought the Red Sox Al Webster -- -- call Crawford LA your colleague Jerry crass nick has a column today with Carl Crawford and Crawford is quoted as saying buster I'll always carry with -- talking about. His time in Boston because it did so much emotional about the time in Boston and I guess -- go back to prior to resigning here with time -- Tampa Bay. Was always that emotional of a player buster was that a part of his rap because the Red Sox apparently scout camp for six months the private investigator to. And didn't realize that he can be -- Affected by his surroundings here in Boston. Well I know that that there are people the rays organization who were concerned. About how he would add depth to their organization. Did the Red Sox organization and I can tell you. That there are -- of the people that there where folks -- in the Yankees organization. Who had questions about him playing in New York. Even though Brian Cashman played out that poker game by eight. You're going to be having dinner with talk cropper which probably you probably if you look at the Red -- perspective might have been a forty million dollar dinner. Because it was all that bad news did did leak out I think strategically. That the Yankees you're meeting where it would Crawford that the Red Sox are so aggressive and and one of giving him a 142 million dollar deal. I'd say one thing and lose you can absolutely speak to this -- you've had. You've been today you know it'll lead athlete. I think a lot of what you're reading from Carl -- him. Finding and developing and Austrian. -- chip on the shoulder and I you know I was around Carl before a good number days when he's with a Red Sox. I -- think he was mistreated at all I thought I would trade -- eight. And I indeed relative to what how he was performing a get booted a little bit telling the media was really that tough on him. But I think -- what you have -- in college the guy who when he talked to me to tell you about you know people back in high school didn't believe in me. You know I had doubters people wondered and I just think -- did they wait for him. To motivate himself on a daily basis then you get motivated guys that get up at 4:35 o'clock every day to work out. You know I agree because I do think that that. I was a free pass but really a lot of the talk was about call Crawford's performance people looked at on the still worked hard. They were disappointed in the money that they gave there was more Adrian Gonzales was actually performing. Maybe up to expectations I also think it was. Wait for him to tell himself and try to convince himself that this was the reason why he wasn't a great player for two years and that's not him. And it's wicket taking negative and put blame on something. To try to get back to the player that he wants wants. He it's like he's playing and reminding yourself and I can tell you you know when the Dodgers called. To tell call -- this -- that he -- gotten done. He was in -- he was so happy and I think he invested in his mind the he was ready to -- and he just didn't think it was gonna work but I after all the reason that you get laid out that I really. I think this is it is someone who is arming themselves for a reason to move on and to be motivated looking ahead. Buster is always great stuff I'll look for talking next Wednesday. Michelle -- -- ESPN joining us on the AT&T hotline. -- if you have missed it our friends at AT&T. Have set up a line we can help you can set up and text to donate. 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