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Red Sox asst. GM Mike Hazen on the trade deadline

Jul 11, 2013|

Mike joined the show to discuss the teams plans as they appraoch the trade deadline. He was emphatic in his belief that Will Middlebrooks will turn his season around and be the third basemen of the future.

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61777. On 7937. Our front office report is brought you by vita Coco new Wellesley hospital and by celebrity -- joining us on the AT&T AT&T forgy LT eat. Assistant general manager Boston Red Sox my case and Mike good morning how -- or so ago where it went very well you know be honest with you the some vehicle the vast majority and I know you know this might. A spring and predictions about your baseball team were dead wrong. The the the general topic was character doesn't equal wins. -- assembled a Motley crew. I'll overpriced. -- guys who were either on the back nine red injury concerns going forward how -- this thing built the last you must be spotted this morning to play in six coat to ball. I did the math you're on pace to win 97 and a half games. I'd do a good. Start -- you know would be wouldn't Mario -- To begin in the left goes over to. It Tampa Tampa. But yeah you know I think these guys would probably actually describe themselves very much -- the Motley -- Out there. You know then it's been a good run so far to win season. You know we got a longer ago but it got it figured out this morning. You know to get back to cover about a lot of I don't think no matter how we play because now. And all the all the bell rings in the season opening and -- -- that severe she'll like there. You know right you -- exactly how our group we would want to reach on me. Probably in the latter part of 2006. To double up and you get derailed by injury by other things happening we are we play in the best position and they all you see you know camp and price that. Chair and you're back out that Baltimore. You know yet Jeter and accurate for the Yankees in the division just. It's too difficult and things are I played great. You energy level intensity level to first out of the ball on it and it because replica. It's -- we talked to many different outlook character that. By. Are currently held on days when Guerrero an essential and that Jered Weaver and got a -- -- an overall argue -- in. You know won't play that -- and now I wanted to second inning. You know it's it's early in the game I chipped in or out just comment illegal yeah. When you have older veteran players being in the dugout you know look at some of the younger guys like that you can relax a little bit you know we -- -- didn't play here. It -- out well so. I think that's where character played the most. Are setting character aside and allowing for the fact that there's a lot of baseball to be played from a baseball analytical standpoint my case and why has it worked to this date. With this baseball team. Yeah it bigger question I think ought to ought to carry well by and large for long stretches of the season. The -- in the second circuit last year and pitching for the last six weeks is an extremely extremely good. Discussion starting pitching Lackey carry the entire C dumpsters and -- you brought guns that are. No lesser and much federal outside a -- are about. He's been much federal last month on basically bought well in order -- -- -- baseball so that we were going to be getting induction. I think together and has been a combination of those such things. You think the open Barnhart has been really good out yet or have been some inconsistencies there would -- -- -- some of the lawsuit out upper levels and place has been sort challenging. But don't all three of those aspects working the other and then I. I think more underrated since two we don't talk about this really a lot. We really -- we want the best coach actually one of the hardest working coaching staff and all -- all those guys. I can't prepare our players day in day out here endorse -- a lot of good experience. All those things together you know I think that's really been stopped. Mike if we had two under sodium pentothal would you admit that at least to this stage of the season this team has perhaps. Outperformed even your expectations. I'm probably. Probably you know anywhere you're going to -- you know. You wanna hope you know you're out -- expectations and then you you want to work all offseason for the absolute best team you can on the field. When you walk out of spring training you know you can offer for a Bender in order -- You know noting that -- when you wouldn't get too good to those subtle or he's a lot of things out there it's a work in your favor in. You know whether that injuries got in LT but I think I think probably the biggest thing for their expertise and their order walking on in the season I think the -- That have been created. As has helped. Sort of keep that does the ship righted. Studio and now he's. Mike -- during internal discussions when you guys are discussing whether what we're watching is sustainable for the rest of the year. Is it an oversimplification to say the -- that question would be based on the guys who were performing well. What could -- he has and David and Dustin continue to perform well and those who haven't performed well middle Brooks drew and others. Raise their game in the second half is that is that an oversimplification. No I don't go -- -- -- I think that that that would be if you could boil it down -- were looking right you've got to play well you can play well on the gotten out of the place to play a little better now I said. Even with a lot of those inconsistencies within our best team in baseball you're not sustain that. That level or throw in the carrier. Were you -- iron 100 it switched. -- galloping annual about what we're projected that what you can do necessarily but who -- you know start to carry some of those really good performances. And then it got that. Struggled during there's your guitar they start to get our. You know that's increased and really start is important but. You know you expect that either you know you get that you -- -- hope that that happened that where the trade deadline and that's where some you know supplementing the roster with guys. You know during the course of the season maybe getting a lot of guys that are undervalued -- -- -- -- can step into the situation I think that's where you could continue to ride that so. We're talking with a Red Sox assistant general manager Mike -- Mike just between you -- dale -- -- real time where you nobody else and nobody else listening how. Behind closed doors what's being said in the organization about will -- Brooks. I think we still look at this guy at third -- and our future. I mean there's just too much talent here and EU had a rough go -- the second you know technical around the league and not gonna happen. It happened to a number of our players -- -- -- your confidence -- that one hour and muted if there was no power. Well. I hope it would be sitting in -- stuff is tremendous talent -- all that. Everyone you know all right such as is that you my power as I can generate the ability splits are pretty good athlete. EA -- he got a rough or on the circuit are in the weight and quite awful about that out to a little bit. You know you -- go down and make some adjustments outlets should go through right now. You -- to make some adjustments. The Lakers went through it. And here -- -- People dissect its third summer politically -- to be pretty good. Will gonna go to those things he's got to make some of those jobs and got a pitching differently. You know they -- on him throwing him as many strikes well to make that adjustment from approached their point. Well we very much believe in the he's gonna -- there and get things straightened out and and really you know the guys able -- To right the ship them back and help us in the second out and at that this year who brought another trade and. The add depth of the organization. Especially in the bullpen department has been kind of -- -- a revelation to me at least. Is that still an area of concern despite the fact that you've been able to bring guys in here who are performed at a very high level Soria. I think -- probably one of the areas will look at the look through an extra -- certainly. You know Q could we talked about this earlier you can pinpoint an area that you know this show probably the biggest inconsistency is probably did not. Is that a lot of good individual performances I think we have a really solid core. Back into the bullpen. -- go to certain role you know inability been very good lately it really going to be huge piece what's gonna happen -- or without. There's a corner really good acting front side of the ball and we're gonna that would look. -- -- You know explore whether internal option like he saw a lot that would work and you know all the Seattle bill Torre will also note -- -- guys. Whether one of those true go to guy stepped into that that role. Or we go external and not -- they -- definitely what -- over the next release but yeah that's that's one area of the team we're certainly target. Mike we haven't seen -- play buckled since June -- what's the schedule I knew we -- point five which is on the sideline yesterday and seem to -- okay as -- look at it a couple of minor league starts before he's back in the rotation. Yeah hard day you know the thing and -- day in and looked horrible and then hope we get -- and and after that it will reevaluated. And in. You know. -- the readiness does for the mentally level we don't just felt that -- it just it's for some. You know we -- -- shoot the second out here we go a little bit of a grind. Exactly yeah. John and I kind of joking about this earlier on in the program everybody every year says well sooner or later Mariano -- gonna stop performing at this high level and never seems to happen. And it sort of seems like David Ortiz falls into that category as well we keep thinking. That he's gonna grow old on on your dime but I don't see it happening. Beaten you guys or elite. The -- performers have a level of skill that most. People certainly are and I'd I would imagine most baseball players that -- wanted to -- comprehend. You know or feasibility. Going back the last couple years. You know I I remember when I was here early. They'll -- you a whole lot of baseball and now over the last couple years he's shown. And ability to adapt the guys that pitched in differently whether that's you know changes in the water around them what have you. He's shown an ability used a -- center field gap. Certainly we all know it our all our security you -- center -- -- you're shorting -- Shorten the distance quite a bit but even even going in the bigger ballparks -- -- night. Drive the ball -- and Uga is so different in the way this guy is able is to Italy it. It hovered higher or after the play. And then as we see and in and a lot of occasions when they start worrying about that they try to get -- -- -- out here you're not going to be very successful and -- Mike -- do you or does anybody know what happened to a -- he has I mean he was hitting over 400 promote for the season he's he's struggled to get to 388 right now what what specifically happened. To make the light go on offensively. I think you got I think you got to be a little bit more reps -- pro am. You know -- -- coming up in the minor league player. Certainly there and we do this little with a lot of players know we're we're we're talking to which -- which teaching. The ability on base we value out of skill I think this team in -- in the league level why we value that still. Haven't sent that. Every player doesn't fit into that box. You know every player can't necessarily make those adjustments we don't try whatever minor league player to make some of those adjustments. I don't think that works for. Politically citizens and not our fault that we probably should recognize -- little quicker. I'll -- days that guys are going up there as a tremendous basketball still you're right in the eye coordination. He has the ability to move the ball around field. But he also at the ball he also at the political leverage baseball senior wrestler in apple in almost every situation. And that consulting from the start training arm but he's been doing he's been looking to attack the baseball and look where you sit in the lineup. He should be ready to attack baseball you know you're if you don't get -- like yourself for the bottom or. Your problem that your Oakmont against Ellsbury Pedroia victory in on Napoli achieved. And not a right or any starting pitcher so look this guy should be prepared getting more about all of -- -- -- he and you order and years. And he's been I think that that mindset change has been the biggest differences in for a. Final question for me Mike on the heels of the Aaron Hernandez story and as much as your free to tell us how the vetting process go in. Major League Baseball in general but specifically with the Boston Red Sox when your acquiring a new player. How deeply do you look into his background and he's character issues. Yeah I mean we we we were sent to work whether talking go to go. Got a player. At least on the professional side of things. You know we we try to. Big as much as we get on on what makes is gut check -- -- the performer and as it relates to Boston. You know how the underperform but. Also you know what the -- on the you're going to be like you seeing that we talked about it's it's it's an important aspect of a lot of teams but most specifically Archie this year. Is the type pit bull will go through that -- process. We go to the trading deadline as well as an amateur there are players like looked better we do a lot of background work on a lot of these guys do whether -- psychological testing. And -- you know they -- interviews and things like that so we we do a lot of looking good preparation for the draft well. Final question now I was at the bruins' side developmental camp yesterday and there was an interesting point made by Don Sweeney where he said. The young players in the organization we're heading in double workshop immediately after their their on ice practice to talk about Twitter and social media. And the dangers is that something you guys address with your young players -- well. Absolutely does. It is the new world out there from what I started with or talked a year ago in terms of the social media and ability to interact directly with fans could -- that. They'll look at a lot of good sides to it you know you know reached beat the community service. Utilities -- they're very you know directly. A lot as an athlete. Those are all groupings and and I that we use that. That vehicle -- to their foundation a charitable work it's -- but it it all become a distraction. And and you know we we just -- -- -- on using it intelligently looked -- you gotta interact with the -- that's great. Just know that you're gonna you know you could -- -- some situations we get here and and be Smart or you're doing what you're saying. When you say something. Everybody here it is not a secret anymore you can't take it back you know you eat you -- to think through these things I think the readiness. But you've got at the -- that you know or wonder are paying attention look we ought to go down all the throws that W Miller so that they have there. Maybe -- except that. What did it up there on the Internet. It's too late you know you -- -- you -- -- -- people at least a week and he's got all on the people -- -- which opened its that we try to. As he is. Have a lot of one more thing I was curious about is it etched in stone because after all Mike -- it is baseball biggest -- a week at some point will go sideways. Oh -- I don't know there's there's got unbelievable the saudis such an exciting player a lot. You know those guys ever since he got through got to take off yet and are rolling up the standings now and then and good for them it will be. It will be an interesting series of legal there are -- -- Is Red Sox assistant general manager Mike -- good stuff I appreciate the time this morning continued success. Or are -- my case -- -- Dennis and Callahan actually -- -- on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LTE fault lines are open wide open talk would you 617. 7797937. Are still to come in the 9 o'clock hour. -- -- Boston -- he was in the courtroom yesterday watching Joseph Carr.

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