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Larry Lucchino on the trade deadline

Jul 25, 2013|

Larry joined the show to discuss the upcoming trade deadline, he said as always they are looking for pitching. Larry added that even members of the front office are pleasantly surprised by the teams first half performance.

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Our three Dennis and Callahan. The front office report is brought to -- vita Coco Newton Wellesley hospital and by celebrity cruises. CEO president Boston Red Sox that would be the first place Boston Red Sox. We're -- you know joins us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LTE Goodman good morning mr. -- how are you -- -- We would be the very very tough questions -- to they should be no exception. Question for you did the pierced ears at the Jason -- concert hurt when you had them done. And now you guys know we've -- it appears. And Malia. I did not have pierced ears that was. Done in the vicinity of the late selective being connection with are finally getting a country countered -- -- -- And it is now the event and attempting music. And getting that demographic -- way. And and and it's important that. Are you still where you still wearing the earrings and a little problem. Again if if if if that is the life like them. Army does the -- like them. I see. Actually encouraged that the well Mattis. Then that you are happy on the scene Nash said that next Halloween news and it goes me. And -- what is the mood in the inner sanctum over there I know you're pleased with the first half but would you say going forward it's. Cautious optimism. Storm clouds gathering or abject panic that Tampa Bay seems to corner the market on pitching. Well. This is the only real tired. Of the and -- like I think gay yet. Does speak for myself my own point of -- it's it's one of offensive and concerned. That. We've got two day. -- Because the intensity of the competition in the American League east is so keen that they where not to all of. They don't step up our game. We we are in danger of being overtaken that's pretty much. My view of life in general. But that's the way -- that the this year I think you're right to -- campus. A lot of respect and it did and credit definitely it was because -- To be twice. Lasted all of the over the -- site and a quarter -- Monday that it was that he -- like communities this year site. What -- at least. A prime candidate forward. So they've done -- held the job. Was there organization that would it was their pitching. And we we we give them credit to that. You know what it is going to be a cakewalk or belief that the heat -- beginning. We thought we were underdogs and I still look at ourselves as. Bit of an underdog. -- due to what what makes Tampa so good at developing young pitching Larry and why don't you guys do what has never won two. Well. You know it certainly they had some advantages. Early on -- they were able to draft. Price was first taken. And it in the draft but the bill should -- more in the eighth round so all that has to do with just. Good scouting. And everyone tries to do that the they have been. Successful because they think it's counts and because they have. They have been lucky to. That helps as well. We do try to do -- you you know you guys talked to me -- time we always talked about pitching in this centrality of pitching to baseball success. And -- and and we there. We work at it -- organic. The Italy we've had some success it is because look at the homegrown. Pitchers we had our rotation. With buckle -- and and Lester and abroad. And so would there is there is there's some degree of success here as well. We'll look at Larry -- that with a deadline coming up I mean you look at pitching is something that you know you think you might have to go get it tipped your hand but given that. Situation that health of Buchholz now do you think the next couple weeks you might need to bring any guy. -- yeah I think that's one of the areas that. We are looking forward that's no real secret I think it's. Many of the teams and if not all that many of the teams there are looking for for pitching help. In this despite. -- pennant race. So yes we are looking for pitching. We're capable starting pitching and some as some relief help but. So you know we will do it but. People we hope to do the did the extra help that we need it is in camp externally you know acquires some transaction over the what we've been here eleven years. And I think in. Then over those eleven seasons in nine. And 99 countries. Trade deadline deals. So where we always tried to do something different in a couple of those years you made a couple of deals. The deadline regarding made this. That's sort of deal on it as well so there's. That's what I opted to focus on pitching. You look at. In perspective -- pitches that you may acquire it and say and I can't name names but just say veteran guys like a peavy or Lee. With the drop back that thing hold you back on the deal like that be which you have to give up or what you have to pay them because they both have. A considerable money left on their contracts. I think the main drawback. Four for for us would be the the prospects. That we have some really talented. Yeah and yeah and players that are in our minor league system and and then -- and guard them public is first born child. He he really does want to. Good growth this this team internally that -- the the the. The most proven. Pastor long term success. So but we don't share that that point of view and so I don't think it's the you know he did you look at our payroll over the last litigators and what we've done. We have not did not. Constraint is a commitment from China a great job or an entire ownership group to make here we feel the team that's worthy of our fan support and. And I think what you're with which you'll see over the next few weeks -- guys that we really wanna hear two of these -- been hurt for the incident scared. Short term basis since it's it's a very hard and that's that that's the that's so hard -- breaching in your hand pretty irritated about if your wallet as much easier. It's it's it's it's it's seems to be a balancing act here Larry you wanna add a critical helpful guy that may or may not help you succeed in the post season. At the at the expense of -- up the kids from the farms. What you would be told that that if you rat if you don't add this guy. You won't make the post season but you can keep absolutely everybody and place would that shift the balance of power in -- going at making a deal. So was did tell us that -- We will update the post. I suppose. That that would be used it yet that would be an influence of fact that we would we would consider because. We want to make to postseason this year we've surprise a lot of people to Greece successfully that. And then -- we surprised ourselves a little bit but we we do. Have an excellent chance to get there and if your baseball and the next few months. It's can -- is just what I think he would do you look for. Exciting competitive team and the -- in the playoff hunt. All year. So yes we would that would that would certainly. Influence me but it still would be hard decent have to bite the bullet to do it because. We we we don't want just 11 year success re like continuing. Competitiveness. Year after year. As -- another significant motivating factor to make a deal -- the down. Inference by Clay Buchholz and you'll -- looking at four or five more starts does that accelerate your search Larry that's statement the other day. Well. You know that that's it's very hard to predict the someone's. Physical condition and how well -- out quickly they're gonna come back it does yes -- we knew that player pitching tomorrow. We say okay well that's almost like the and consistently good rep position because he's been out since the exit date June. So yeah that would that would influences that. And by the way there are. -- Put it one of the interesting things about this season has been dynamic between our minor league system Major League team's performance -- the -- insertion of young. Players. This year has been quite significant forest. And there are two or three players at least I can just mention a few of the top of my hand if you. It is sickening some of the players we have at the that the mind that level could come up here make a difference and do their players like. Middle ports down there about Derosa. Down there. We have. On old all the legal problem that and -- birds. There are some players out there who may have an opportunity in the second half of the season. They've come up here and and and make it. I think there to be traded some of them aren't they there are glued to develop them to use as a currency at this coming year. Yes that's that's what we've done in the past. But there's there's certain kind of prospects that are. Well they're qualified to be treat dates and other prospects to qualify to be still are so strong. They're so it important to your future the you development of the cornerstones of your team in future years. What about. McGraw Gonzales Larry human prospect ever of some reports -- last couple weeks you guys have. Serious interest in him is any realistic thing you guys help party looking at them. All we're pretty hard. There are a lot of clubs in baseball. That scouted him to be curious and on display in in about California. And now is available. Has the appropriate to approvals. Licenses whatever so the the auctioning can begin. Where it's safe to say fits the profile little better in -- in the sense that you -- give up anything other than wanted to bring him. -- would be safe to say that they just simply a question of of dollars but it's you know it's so that they that they. Old fashioned Dutch option to compete we're going to be conducted -- that you can never. Be certain about how that's gonna play out. Based on your answer before the last Larry are we to assume and I know you won't give us any names that there are a handful -- -- to several. Guys in the minor league system that in everybody's mind in the organization are untouchable and no matter what the deal there is some elected Della Rosa oral Bogart's will not be wearing uniforms the -- -- Red Sox on it. I think that's. That's true I hesitate to say untouchable because -- just never never. No but there are certain players for -- the presumption is so high right. That that's he realistically you would you would include -- they want not being moved to player they are players who could contribute to. Guess it's time for many years to come we have to have the will power. Two resist. He position as a short term benefits. Larry and Welch saw our bill Belichick's press conference yesterday but it did not well it was a press it was -- side of whom we never seen. Very human. And genuinely stunned by what his player allegedly did and and we always talk to you about the but. Your experience -- you've been everywhere you go around forever you've seen everything. Q do you written do you think that do you ever think some bullet that could happen with one of your players that they could just Shockey to the court and and turn out to be. A person that she never expected that could be. From my experience has -- I would say you know why you lose you we do -- to look at the the range of possibilities faces a you know we've I want -- boy does the -- that he is a wide -- is the but is it difficult guys. But that's within -- the a reasonable band of human behavior. What you -- think about it to kind of extremes that. What year it was the extreme that we've seen here in -- apparently in this case. So. All while we spent a lot of time and I'm sure that -- -- there was world focusing on the the personality. Of it it's more the personality rather than on the basic moral fiber at the person. You had a guy allegedly following Carl Crawford he checked out is personally checked that it turned out to be a a dreadful a signing but that does not because he was bad guys killing people. Is that routine and do you feel like that gives you some peace of mind in that that. If there were a guy who hadn't double life a gang banger off with a flop post that you would know that. Yeah I do think what it comes to major acquisitions. On that is that's often the case and it was. Major freeagent mr. genocide Oreo all term deal. Audacity that's kind of due diligence. But there are a lot of fellow players that you -- he drafted. And you would you try to do with that you can't do it was same degree of focus of scrutiny. A lot of it is based on. On general reputation. And superficial and analysis. So I don't think it's that opportunity is available at -- every player I think it is just too. Two intensity time consuming. And it is. Victims in our war and it it is just part of -- focus on it but I don't think it's the kind of in depth analysis of his peers eighteenth round pick had. You know maybe. Someone that you know something about it -- there was -- you've do this as teammates. The probably that's about it. Larry at the other end of the -- and the and ne'er do wells -- we find Dustin Pedroia and side the obvious. What he brings of this baseball team on the field certainly in the clubhouse as well. Is there an ancillary benefit of casting your lot with this guy -- so much money for so many years a multi public it was a good deal on both sides. That said some sort of message throughout your organization may be all the way down a ball that this is the kind of approach that we appreciate admiral ward in this organization. There's an old business -- John you probably target that you get which your award. And we chose to work. Reward using that term loosely. Dustin Pedroia for the kind of performance he's given us the kind of performance we expect we'll get from him. And the kind of values and personality he -- the injection into the indoor indoor clubhouse and or our organization. So other players. See that that is the -- success with the Red Sox that's the past do all the terms and as security for -- family. Then so be it we're pleased to -- that -- heed that lesson and that they and they recognize that that's the kind of player. That but -- organizations will reward. Is what happened -- and to -- -- this week was that a good day or a bad day for baseball in your estimation Larry. Well mean it was obviously both. But. For that your question. Or directly I would say that it was so on balance a good day baseball. It was good dated said. We aren't gonna just -- talking we are. Going to walk the walk who we are going to -- you'll just a strict rules you know strict enforcement and that's one thing the second thing it demonstrated that the drug. Policy in baseball is something called the joint drug policy that is done with the players association and what they. Commissioners opposite Major League Baseball teams and so jointly the the union and the if baseball were able to. Find capacity but it does make sense and do strictly enforce the rules together and that sense of active collaboration. Should send the message I think laden clearly. Duke players -- to the world does it to everybody in baseball is is focused on this is on the same page. That what -- case I was went. Well it certainly the players association would argue things about personal privacy and. And the Fourth Amendment and -- people there should not be it's subject to any kind of testing. And I I'd sell that before that Michael -- And -- -- really has shown that there is a way for the work together and try to. Eradicate discourage and I don't think that the will ever be a 100%. Successful because there's always going to be some Yahoo!. Either a chemist or young player who thinks that he can beat the system. But the fact that that the that there is this. Common point of view among the players and it and it and it teams and the commissioner. Is is I think very very good side the baseball going forward. Larry we began with a difficult question week and with one. How do you guard -- and are the dominant. How large do that -- against. How do you guard against being over stimulated and over a bull the end based on the A-Rod New York Yankee fiasco. With the shad and Floyd that may be. Part of your nature. Yeah. Well I guess the advantage that is -- recognize that there. If you've got a human being and a family that that that are affected by this and -- -- it's there's a personal. Tragedy because these into these situations but differently greater good. Something important. Is being done here in the enforcement. Elements -- both the drug policy is is. These. Being executed well and that's that's a great thing for baseball. Going forward so. It tried not to be too partisan. About it that. Because we've all all every club has had has been touched by it in some -- away shape reform but. Just kind of focused on I think the long term. Success that it's going to be a game where the steroid era will have been a part of our past but not a part of our present or future. Well there's another old business axiom that says sometimes the best -- make is the -- he didn't make Larry and I think that might apply here. Well thank you bill that will will. He didn't make it don't let him off the hook yet you're not enough the hook that easy Larry you made that deal and I loved that deal but the union would lecture. Complete the -- correct. Which -- anytime you deal. Oh yes that's right we did try to make a deal absolutely yeah that we did that was what otherwise he has -- meg God's law argue that day of the other day it's they -- it. And it's funny -- I'll loan you -- not nearly as Smart should thank you -- Thank god for unanswered prayers yeah -- said as it will wrap it up the country music note left. -- Brooks and thank god for unanswered prayers. Okay did it will wrap it up on crazy. This as a prelude that it just settled being so. Good -- you Larry. Larry Lucchino and Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LTE in the front office report is brought -- you by vita Coco. By Newton Wellesley hospital and -- liberty Cruces when we come back. Something very strange and very much. Under the radar. 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