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Buster Olney, ESPN, Lackey in better place to succeed

Jun 27, 2013|

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni and discussed the tremendous improvement from John Lackey, the never-ending Alex Rodriguez drama in NY, and the latest trade rumors.

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I joining us on the AT&T hotline is buster only who we had to. Get here in -- 1 o'clock hour on all things baseball buster how -- you. I'm going to get to my Bennett's appointment no cavity still. Now this -- -- is this a what a a lifetime streak you know cavities buster. Yeah I get didn't pay 49 years straight now we're gonna sit here next here so. -- -- -- did not Joseph -- have nothing on you 49 years general for buster now outs. Ankiel than you might -- me by the way. Okay as you read you're the role model guy I have no cab did you guys get OK no more -- talk about. How about something better than cavities and amazed that John Lackey you always start last night buster I don't think. As loose anyone expected -- what he's been this year but when you talk to scouts you're talking to guys from baseball. What they county about John Lackey and and how he's been able to so quickly. Get back to the -- how with the Angels a couple years ago. Well -- didn't have a better chance with a body that's what I mean here from the skeptics think it much better player physically. We saw that in first base spring I remember walking in behind him into the red such camp and looking at him. I think and he's that Cadillac slot he's that Cadillac did he look like he completely different guy. You know at the flip side of the in the 2011 which you know I can remember. Hearing -- that -- scheduling you know what's going on with a red such pitchers how come they're all that -- he's one of those. You know they thought during the course the year it got out of shape and now he's much better shape and and the knees are reaping the benefits of it he just looks like he's just been a better better place to succeed. You know bus ride baseball I think is his patient by nature -- a slower game and epic its a long season have always I just have that feeling whatever discussed the game. But this Red Sox team this year -- emergency and -- -- interesting because you know you've. Whether it's Jackie Bradley start the year whether it's Bailey's are close and it's no longer and it -- -- title like this Davis get money here now it's will middle Brooks. Being shipped out to Pawtucket because Iglesias has won the job. And just it's a different sense that I think we felt -- in the past this emergency here to make -- -- fast. No I really view and I think that. You know we talked about the past couple weeks it anytime you get young players anytime you get players. Who don't have the big contract it has to Mike and Alex Rodriguez. He really comes down to who's playing better and now probably two months ago you were to get troops and the Red Sox are all -- In US and you'd think that Iglesias is going to be a guy could really help you offensively that what you can admit you're everyday third baseman it will laughter -- And -- -- -- a chance but he's earned that he's put himself in the position and on the flip side. I think -- Brooks in an easier that you look at he wasn't hitting and early in the year showing so much anxious -- at the plate. And I think it absolutely reflects a general. Feeling from the atop the organization down you know last season. To get back to baseball in two you'd get back to try to do things to win and I mean everything from hiring John Farrell. To be aggressive strategy of signing in dot did not the top tier guys but -- the best in the second tier guys. I think he's really showed a devotion victory you know I'll take back in the last year I really think that are coming off the last -- you're gonna see a bunch of players were excited. About going into spring training and having an opportunity to win I'd I'd bump and Nick Punto. Few weeks ago when that we saw on the Dodgers and penetrate all. And he talked about that that you know he really Celek that the players really geared up to this year after what happened last year. We're talking -- buster Olney of ESP and what surprised me most buster about this -- not the pitching but it's the offense as of today. It's got to be the halfway point they lead baseball in runs scored they're averaging over five runs per game it's not crazy to think they score. 850 runs this year and and I didn't see it it. I look at this team act like they're getting back to what made them so tough to face EO in the 2004 throughout 2011 that. They take a lot of pitches they're gonna grind you loud and -- date. They're gonna get your bowl prime pretty quickly have you seen that from this team top to bottom this year. Oh yeah no doubt and when I saw them last Yankee Stadium Johnny don't talk about that. Arm and he talked about how the players talk about it every day is do we are we grind added that he mentioned you guys remember that game were Cliff Lee. Shut them down he'd talked about how the players after that game. Talked among themselves that okay we have to remember who we are. That's you know work count get the starting pitcher of the game I think they felt like in that -- particularly that they weren't able to do that. But that's a huge weapon because I don't think -- offenses in the division are his goodies we thought they were going to be especially when you talking about the Yankee. And it you know tied it when you look at various teams in the division in the group and the strengths and weaknesses of each team. That's to me is the reason why the reds that you're -- -- -- -- finishing in the playoffs because they do you have the best stuff and numerically. -- all want to ask you what you hear about Miguel offered a Gonzales because -- all up you might not know who used book. You show week the Cuban defector and the obviously we know situation there with the Dodgers gave him but this is a 26 year old pitcher. That is now defected now has now eligible. It will not. Dive into the international signing -- restrictions it's basically the highest bidder and with the way the draft is right now you would think. This is that the big market teams a -- -- a chance to gloat and flexed their muscles a little bit now mortar and that's some that it seems like the Red Sox will be salivating over when you hear. Well. -- -- -- I can't tell you exactly which teams are going to be involved I think in situation when there's been no signing -- note dollars stretch and we know that -- Texas Rangers. Are always very aggressive. The Chicago Cubs have been interest in the guys I don't think they cut that nearly as much financial flexibility. As we thought that they were gonna -- and Theo Epstein took over the team -- just think it's different dynamic. You know I would expect the Yankees are going to be involved and the big question I think everyone has -- talent exactly how much money to the Dodgers have because. When they made that deal with a Red Sox last year it was the perception within your organization. Within baseball that they had essentially bottomless pit of money. The air he is according to excuse in Major League Baseball. Bats coming to -- -- That they're starting especially the Kershaw to deal at some point the probably finish that. They don't necessarily have that on a limited -- resource anymore so I agree that you I think the Red Sox like you know if they decide -- -- in -- -- and it. Other team coming in this weekend the Toronto Blue Jays we -- that out of the gate you know even Red Sox ownership bid you know came on the radio on since he can always spend money Wimbledon. This -- team is winning now buster is that a case of getting healthier it's something. It was our sort of switched -- flipped with this John Gibbons led club this year. I asked John given that yesterday and his answer was the pitching and today and in the market -- -- step as a two point force six ERA job not been looked so different RA Dickey had a great outing yesterday. When I was around the Giants. Two weeks ago. They were all talking about how good Josh Johnson looks right now that he's attacking hitters again. But their bullpen has been much better than anybody expected including Vijay and you'd be acknowledged that he did in spring training it -- real questions about this group. But based on a lot of answers. And I think Brett vehicle. Essentially becoming shut down guy in division and when you -- someone could bat especially left hander. When you face the Yankees to take the Red Sox. You know that's so important I and I think that again assessing the very strength we need to -- steam I think their bullpen right now is probably the best in -- division -- a lot of great bulk. -- of the mess the -- on New York between a run Brian Cashman. You know I. A-Rod tweets out this doctor says he's ready to go which brings out an eight shut the bleep up from Brian Cashman and I'll talk to Alex here next. This I'm not a big fan of A-Rod but I'm trying to look at this and I can't help but think cash was out of line and that's much is just collect -- it's easy to pick on. Just I was really taken back what are those comments from. Yeah and I think that. A that a sport than yesterday got to remind me one of those marriage you hear that being held together for the sake of the children. It is -- marriage -- being held together for the sake of the contract -- you're six have a ten year deal. They can't get out -- need to deal he can't get away from them they really don't like him he doesn't really like them. I think it gives them a lot of that context you'll eat at the Twitter account and hope people in the Yankees organization is thinking there cannot be any one. Less suited to go on Twitter and Alex Rodriguez and it took him that week the other -- about it -- it was a -- -- He took him three -- to make your organization upset at. Because he initially immediately -- we have pictures of himself working -- the weight room. And the Yankees of course have rules that photographers are allowed and are so they added talent. After that -- another one which -- tweet from their work at facility down in Tampa which again are not allowed. -- -- -- -- -- out he can't we got up I'm restricted areas. Out of respect for the other players we can't have that thing happen. And then we give the Yankees organization. Absolutely believe that that tweet from Alex in the -- -- a bit passive aggressive you know the contacted. You know Monday in New York Daily News reported from one of Alex -- people out there have been given declared Nadal. Then all day Monday Brian Cashman had to do a lot of cant control it well that's not true. It's insert in the yankees' trainer and doctor all agree he's not ready to -- playing games can still going along and in baseball activity. Tell that story came out on Tuesday and then later he would definitely get the exclamation point from out today clearance to play. We yankees to take -- and try to put pressure on them put it back in game and what it prop and. Exploded I agree we didn't choose the right word. He acknowledged that but they're it's sped up within their fed up with the drama the that a with a steroid speculate or to go away. But they can't move them out because of the contract. Real quick buster off wrap up in the dailies will Myers has come up and immediately had a big impact there in the middle of the Tampa Bay Rays order is there a thought and eight point that. Yeah he should it come up earlier and help that team out as they fight in a division that appears wide open with the Red Sox yankees Toronto Baltimore Tampa. You know I think you could definitely make a case. Or are ineffective sometimes the -- -- guys slowly but I joke and it or read in the general manager the rate it. Like guys who goes a Las Vegas with these rules are playing blackjack. You never deviates in the reason why they don't if they want to make sure when players come up. They're prospects that they -- in the best possible position hey you know cost efficient yet at the arbitration date. And being that they're ready to produce at the Major League level they kept them down the mightily to probably a little bit longer. It's very confident that that's part of how they've been been able to be so patient with young players is by sticking to this system. He's cavity free he has buster only ABS and joins us on the eighteenth the outline buster appreciate it enjoy the weekend and they'll talk to next week. Now buster only as always brought to you by our friends at Toyota of Nash goes to the boys Bob Draper Rick -- Parikh. Check out the all new Toyota Nashua megaplex during their ongoing. Spring saving sales event comes see what the buzz is all about and by air arrest restoration specialists we come back and do. Won a -- little bit on the Red Sox because. Is Red Sox this date that tickets because they're just you can't talk about is their chance we're both right. About -- is true like we were we were both right we do with their possibility there but there's other forces that will not allow us to really dive in the red sock us that forces -- well some -- -- Possible blockbuster deal the major NBA deal brewing we'll talk about that with your phone calls next.

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