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Danny Picard and Rob Bradford on Sports Sunday: Taking a Look Toward Free Agency with the Red Sox

Nov 3, 2013|

The guys are thrilled about your World Champion Boston Red Sox, but they also know that the page turns quickly and the Red Sox will have a ton of decisions to make in the offseason. The guys share their thoughts on what the Red Sox should do, who they should bring back and who is available on the market.

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61777979837. Phone lines open for -- 6177797937. Assists bullets Sunday. On WEEI on -- host any or caught here with rob Bradford and studio intimate. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Look at it as well. I'm broke. By right huge huge but it's our each tallied Reggie White. Or -- side that it they'll be fired and it's like to. But that -- not -- very. I called -- the Red Sox Charlotte or out yet and I believe I liked and that left side that -- -- right -- -- -- like a -- got. -- -- -- -- -- they should start and I agree that marriage lately the tournament alive out. It I don't mind was all are up visually did you even grow. I -- -- I White -- apartment during the world Jerry. We had actually no our speakers bureau. Apparently they are so Robert had 88. They are very. Yeah out of those contact lenses. Scott Boras about your odds are contact lenses but also pretty well and yet here. -- need not up. The -- Arlen spoke Pauly and I are. Yeah I would say this -- Al disagree with -- I think the I would know -- in coming back. Obvious yes juggle some things -- middle Brooks I see the -- -- that well it was interesting quality. And if you are great at -- expect the play a much respect you are. You gotta be affected the chemistry if you blow a -- happily go you've got to bring -- somebody that's. Considerably better now that you're out there and every event the -- He can play -- or are you are in the top spot you can put him there but you gotta keep this -- gather. It's much you care that there's an idiot this. The real pity it's a player that that would Jonny Gomes everytime I hear him talk -- talk people are these people a lot and there it out I'll leave you to -- what are your way to. Com's -- they gotta you gotta keep these sports seek out these guys are pros and it's Jim Correll. Ellsbury then you got to keep victory. Yeah like our contract for two we had a victory doesn't contact -- and our. Rule or. -- -- -- -- Pauly what do you think about drew I thought well here's the thing number one did Jennings in the Marlins executive went on and series radio I think he was earlier this morning. And said that they actually have talked about will -- Brooks which you don't really hear from other teams too much. But that should tell you that there's going to be some interest will -- -- this year. A guy who's under contract for awhile a guy who has shown some power potential. He is still some ways ago but has shown a lot of potential. But in regards to drew qualifying offer house to be made by tomorrow at five I think that Stephen Drew was gonna get a call final offer. And if he'd do that I can't see where our team is gonna give up a draft pick for Stephen Drew what that means is it'll probably be back. Now and then you have to -- who were you get a deal you have a surplus of guys there. You can deals drew if you wanted -- beat the more likely scenario is middle Brooks probably but. There is a scenario. Where Stephen Drew could be your shorts start next year. You were talking about Ellsbury robbed and you are talking about years 45 and six -- any deal he's gonna get and how an organization that's the look at -- yet. Well. The left side of his Red Sox infield for the long term. Isn't -- -- look at -- middle -- a terrible about it shall I mean isn't that holly envisioned it. You don't even before this year when it looked at a long term is not how they envisioned the website doesn't feel I don't agree at -- -- that's one. -- feed vision -- you have to -- Coming up here pretty quick here who could play third base so. You have Marrero was -- shortstop right now also on the on the horizon. So it's not like you'd have to have the will middle Brooks in her Bogart's. Dynamic going there as well as to why a lot of people thought I was gonna happen but we're talking about with Stephen Drew Stephen Drew scenario we're talking about one year. One more year. And for Stephen Drew is not the worst thing in the world either you're going to be making if you take the qualifying offer your fourteen million dollars richer. And you're still young enough where you have another good year Uga you gonna be able to make some sort of money to sort of contract. Mel Brooks ala. I consider myself a middle -- -- because when I combined. Yeah I guess the two to two years not full seasons obviously the first tee Gunner and before that he was -- and they -- were big hits -- -- all the work are there weren't many big hits. Last season when there were I felt like Mel Brooks had a lot of them before he went down and I really started to like this kid's game at the plate. Now all I also believe that they should have kept drew and during the playoffs and a lot of people don't untrue because he couldn't added nine. I didn't look at his defense and I agree that even eat this is the type of guy you -- up the middle. Defensively movement -- as bad as the offense was I would rather see drew which shall. During the playoffs so like do like true or not not control him but I also wanna see middle Brooks. Have a regular position in this lineup at third base is obviously that position and you know obviously need -- got to be in the everyday lineup. I just feel like there's no spot for drew. Because of all let your -- no virtually just. General -- -- -- movement of first base but you -- your point's well taken about middle Brooks and what he delivered. That he had an up and down year we understand that he went to Pataki Munich and then he slumped at the end of the year but if you look at his numbers that hole. For what basically what it's so he's played in right now regular season he's played in a 169 games. Just more than a regular season. He has 32 home runs 103 RBIs. Batting average to 54. Open -- 756. Now we understand better plate discipline. That has to happen. But if you look at those numbers that's a year that's one season the other good numbers you'll take that every time and that's why you have a team like the Marlins. Actually surface -- name as a possible. So does the -- you mentioned the Marlins and I'll mention -- call -- Stanton. Now fully known formally Mike Stanton I mean is this a -- realistically. We should even be talking about it the Red Sox team I can imagine I attic is I think his arm. Conversation has to start with -- -- I don't think -- -- trade vote at all that's you -- especially after what -- -- -- -- There's no way you don't you have the phone as one of the things middle order the bats are are very difficult to find and that's why stands even in the conversation. -- Bogart's might be that one of those middle your back to -- looking for back and the only way -- not to say that I'm even gonna think about it. The only way I would ever think about trades and a -- -- I mean think about it. Is if there was a stud at young stud pitcher involved -- the way I wouldn't go for the all of that in the middle of the lineup because. My theory is you win championships. -- with. Big time us not pitch -- and a dominant 12 punch but even still if that opponents don't Scott Mitchell is available. I still would end up hanging up the phone I -- -- is untouchable. It is what's funny was that Q you talked about getting stud young pitching and every team once that I understand that. But what teams are actually looking for more and more is the young slugger. Because it's it's it's so hard to find the stayed Asian baseball even more than the young pitcher. And the -- like give Kansas City. Kansas City when they were floating out Ervin Santana earlier this year right before the trade deadline for the guy hot. What they want it didn't want a young pitcher. They want it a young slugger as the reason why we're in Chicago. Trades Matt thorn in what they want back is -- Jacobs the potential. For a young slugger so that's why a guy like middle Brooks has tremendous value I think in the world baseball right now. You think that if I mean do you think drew is gonna be back. They seven and we just said do you think Stephen Drew will be back with this team next. I think. I do I do in the reason why is because of the qualifying offer. Is I think that he's gonna get a qualifying offer and once he does it's going to be very very difficult for him to sign elsewhere. Because I can't imagine a team giving up a draft pick. This signed Stephen Drew. So in and the Red Sox problem. John Ferraro lobs and there they really like what he brings to the table. And the playoffs they like to bring to the table defensively -- -- and and you don't run paper and get the countless that the contact lenses the radio you did. 61777979837617. 7797937. On -- bodies rob Bradford. We're here until 1 o'clock -- down back that is. Well if you don't Gillette Stadium today. The Patriots seven message -- -- early. Red Sox are gonna be -- World Series. Trophy to Gillette Stadium before today's Patriots Steelers game. So get there early that's the message from the Patriots will be ticketed to add a -- Sunday would Dale Arnold Chris Bryce and Matt Chatham at one. On -- to god it with rob Bradford in studio drummer ala. Full lawns are opened 61777979837. Six on 77797937. Blog is in the college up -- -- -- Morning guys are kind of the big picture. Rhetorical question that you wonder in the winter I wonder if all would come together as well it. -- -- Heartbeat and so pat the year before the year before that I don't mean matchups on the practical level. Ringing in the quality guys -- a couple of guys but also. The spirit of the team I know what's out there about it being. But I also think that you would be coming out and like any bad divorce. He had to go to the world record to come up. That's again that's -- it big picture spot all it would have been mid level -- could have really come together at it look at. -- little mid level that last year you had no I agree every day it was it was a -- is. The perfect storm of Bobby Valentine being disastrous. Maybe if they don't if they hired Gene Lamont. You go in this world championship in my opinion. And and I'm not even just because I think you a lot probably still a year. Well I don't think I wanna go back to last year too much but if you do when you wanna say play the one of them. We'll go back to last year what if the rotation was as good as it was the -- I look at the biggest difference -- a lot of people wanna get to. Clubhouse personalities and guys that they brought in the blood if. It if they had the kitchen -- irritation that they had I mean there's a reason why it that they didn't go on a long losing streak this year. 'cause that phrase momentum is as good the next -- started -- at the Red Sox this team and even when things went bad for certain guys in the rotation. They always had somebody to step up and gave them a chance to win you cannot say that about last year's rotation. -- -- yeah I agree that the Bobby Valentine stuff aside yet Jon Lester Josh Beckett when they pitched they did not win. You have to have -- top of the rotation when they didn't. That was enormous reason why they fell on them all they did. A -- -- depth -- no absolutely because there was a one point on the you know at the beginning of the year Dempster would I don't didn't end well up to him personally. And and his numbers but. -- -- -- was a reliable -- for good amount of time at the beginning of the he had -- brought in the middle of the season when -- result when west was struggling. This guy was. You know maybe the most reliable guy on the staff when he hit the mound. Yes -- did you said and I think that you look at that stat but not or won't losing more than three games in a row. That's a number one that's starting on the depth. Number two it is mindset to mindset about correcting things that go on -- also wanted to decide this -- a report something on Twitter. Sore earlier there was a report about Torre will -- That he was an interview with the Cubs later this this week. According my sources. That the Red Sox have not been asked. Formally by any team. For permission to talk to any of their Major League coaches yet so yet do you think they will. Yes yeah I will I do think they will buy it hum. In my pubic cart before the horse between the Cubs in the Red Sox so we'll see we'll see what happens you have. -- that 61777. On seven. 9837 -- it is some breaking -- there from. Rob Bradford WEEI dot com here on sports Sunday Allen is in Hampton New Hampshire went up now. Hey rob how are you good are you out of doing great -- -- I just wanna touch base on the Stephen Drew thing now. And in in I understand that they may give him a qualifying offer but wouldn't that. Kinda defeat the whole purpose of the equally he -- Because basically -- at that point you look at that. Basically able to -- given out late season ball routes for our Stephen Drew win. Oh I'll I don't fall you IBM (WSJ) -- -- -- -- got to be played third base angle or why it out by -- world. Are you just give it a hundred and I know I agree -- you could move you couldn't. This is the difference Islanders -- different scenarios. Middle Brooks could move to first base. If you did trade him because of the numbers they cited you actually could get something decent back form so it's not like you're giving them away. So it and this is the truth thing is a one year thing. It's a one year thing. And it is is not like they've altered their plan about as into Bogart's played shortstop for them. Gripe is that featured it to. That was that was going to be my next point I mean he emphatically said yesterday actually with Dennis and Callahan. Part of the parade. Feliz his expectation. That he was -- He was going to war expected to be the shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. And obviously he knows he ENDE note that at that drew was here in a one year deal. And and he gets so much or as saying impose her. Do it it just that can take him out of that position don't you think that would be a detriment to. Anything they're trying to do in the future. Like that -- Allen Pensacola I think that if they have plans to trade Mel Brooks. And you wanna play ball got to third -- you you bring back drew I think that if you up future plan is middle Brooks Turbo got a short. To me yet doesn't make sense to bring drew back and that's not a knock on -- because I I like the job that drew did when he was here. Even in the post season when it was awful offensively it was very good defensively unique. It makes a big plays up the middle on I could point -- a couple in on the one against Detroit Cabrera you know two runners on up the middle. In game six draw makes a fantastic play a big spotlight that game. That might get that gets overlooked because the struggles offensively was so bad I can keep. That's -- -- go one. The the defense of -- true obviously stepped the actual conversation go and that's what kept the faith going in you know what else also did. Wins in -- Bogart's finally did get the play shortstop -- he doesn't make the play that a lot of people think drew would have made. How much ledger I have no -- to admit I don't know elderly it's not -- -- in what. Yeah wasn't it wasn't like policy and a -- -- played shortstop but but Stephen Drew had played so good. There so well. That you think -- -- you'll make that play. It's just it's an interesting conversation I'd like Mel Brooks at third -- got to short for the future I like that. That might be the future of this after next year what if you if you bring drew back to play -- you -- -- -- about it. Yeah yeah your players Bogart's every day and so that's where does that leave Melbourne to. They could move me me it you might move him the first base if you don't re signed Mike Napoli which is a very real possibility. Considering the -- you might yet. Or you might deal is more or you might you might bring a ball back and they've done this before -- you go back to Adrian Beltre Michael. There has been duplicated they've entered his spring training -- Roster. -- wanna say overflow why would you bring Mike Napoli that. I don't understand I just don't understand that logic like you would bring him back to Fatima on the team offers Mike Napoli three years this -- team offers. Mike Napoli three years at the 39 million. And I know that I know that your -- the here in the now U I it haren now because I think this team right now can win. Can I have another chance what chip -- connects you to get together is that good for you get the key to read its like what they've done so far. Is is not getting tied into contractors uncomfortable long term. If you look across the board. Victor -- two more years Dempster one more years. -- I think it while these other guys up after this year. -- Jonny Gomes one more year David Ross one more year do not get tied in to the bad contracts. And so I'm not saying the Mike Napoli the third year three year deals can be bad. But you have to go to with the guys wide open that this guy does have a hip condition. Now it didn't it didn't get worse that's a step in the right direction but you have to be wary of that sort of thing. And I if you don't -- If you brought her back played amateur played -- at third. And you did bring Napoli back to which to me again as I know you wanna talk about the 34 years from now but I'm talking about right now and it would be. Stupid -- Napoli back if you did bring Napoli back. You can metal works around it and won't middle Brooks. At forty what does value you know -- what does -- play do you think about. Well you gotta you -- set out on the line is that god -- -- -- his value is probably in December. Before you before you get into the into the spring training where you're right there's. Teams know that you have a surplus I will say this this is one thing -- where ignoring we shouldn't Stephen Drew gets offered a qualifying offer. Then. He could still side with -- another team. Now I say five Dre ice are all right I find hard to believe. This a team we're gonna give up a draft pick now if anyone get that done it's gonna be Scott Boris. And he can sell Stephen -- -- teams saying he's worth a draft pick because of his eight games because of what he did this year. He's a good player. And four teams it really need to solidified their shortstop position a contending team like Saint Louis. Sure -- maybe they give up the draft pick is not out of the realm of possibility. Yeah one point Saint Louis a look back on and never really have a tough time sleeping over the next couple weeks is that first thing. A gamble on defense and Andy -- not to look at too much into this with Saint Louis does have a history Stephen Drew. Not because he played there before but because when JD his brother was there Stephen would travel with those guys would work out with Jose ten -- As as high school kid. So that that the coaching staff knows about him. That's getting way way down a lot but we enter all to the conversation 61777979837. Gary's and let -- know what's up Garrett. Morning guys that nickel back -- camaraderie camaraderie and let. I think it does go back last year because of all Bobby Valentine in the meeting whatsoever at the end of the year that the team income Billick. I don't think you have the you have the environment this year but in the end of the guys can make the plays and protected down the stretch. I actually called Gary Justin is in New Hampshire what's up just. Just an interaction. Dole wants Justin don't twice gone and I think the -- back last year to me I. I don't know how much I really want to do you like that do you not because I I've really do rather really look at the rotation. I look at lap I mean Lackey was the ace of the staff for a lot of -- regular season I don't reckon won't show it -- wanna look at the stats on Lackey regular season. You don't come away with that they thought he was the -- Now what I -- a lot you know you like go to 2012. Not. Yeah but I find it fascinating. You know why because this is we talked about the perfect storm of this whole thing. It is fascinating to me to think of how what had to happen. For them to turn this thing over it Bobby Valentine you get managers fired after year typically -- That was did Patrick it in and I didn't get a chance to -- I guess he was pretty young more of that. -- -- -- -- -- -- he was just yeah. There was it was is that -- he was just a big win with this team yeah and just. And that's why I believe it's like -- -- with last year's. Needle so obviously Bobby Valentine Atlanta outfield production. The point unless he's robbed if you if you wanna force me to go back to last year which don't. If you want me to go back to last year there was -- time. Well I have sort of throw my hands up and said well there's so much the manager can do if -- -- golf when all games. Right at some point it's not pitch at the next day is not pitch in the next -- on that to me what -- and take control the seven points and got. It's just. I got it done as well clutch hitters being physical and. I -- done and that sort westerners take no one country are very good okay. Oh well seriously here's the problem. Here's the problem that statement is that you can make the argument that last year's team to begin the year. Woods just as talented if not more talented now you have the right combination of guys you get the production out his starting pitcher some. All that we understand that. But. But Bobby -- -- I keep coming back the first thing he talks about whenever the subject -- broached as how many guys are still left with the team. Well you know what happened. With this team it wasn't like they won this team this year because of beards. Because of of of the good times express. A big part of the reason they won this year was today they already had the superstars. They had record group of guys and those guys and they were able to get the most. Out of the guys who were already here. We're extremely talented. Yeah and I'm not trying to sit there and defend Bobby V and I don't even -- -- -- -- That the reason I don't wanna bring Lester it was because his name automatically comes up when you talk about last season with -- Red Sox team. Put. What you just mentioned robbed they had the big they have that the play they get the pitches then. Lackey was hurt obviously west was himself a block Colts. Well once again a guy he was hurt last year -- and Buchholz lasted though he was one of the teams is one of the only guys that showed up when he was healthy last year in our rotation. But Georgia's two pretty god there was a point on -- how much she's a -- I did say. Well come on now how how much we gotta blame this on a manager. Go out and in it in a sport that is more individual that any professional sport annual grant that right in the moment you know put guys on second. And Europe at bat yeah to Kyle. The relationship the manager of the relationship of another -- team really should factor in how you handle at a -- it should. And when you're a big spot -- two strikes on a guy and -- on the mound. And it's the difference between what the team come back stop a rally or read -- box and pound it into the dugout and preserve a lead. When that pitch battle to -- is common. You know -- relationships. -- It doesn't matter to me to make that picture I last did it two times that they couldn't make that pitch well they couldn't come up with that big hit. Although they couldn't come up with the defense of Plano this year I think a lot of us up. Has all the little things like the bids that in -- you know what lottery has a lot -- disappointed with that. You know what you know -- and it doesn't you -- word manifest themselves the beard the camaraderie. It's talking. Baseball talking through situations. Being willing to get a hotel room and actually talking about the think talking about a scenario like the guys -- well and also know and then all holding no yes no yes but what I was gonna say with the also holding yourself accountable when you don't do the right things. That's when the camaraderie that's when the chemistry actually manifest itself into production to something on the field and that's what they did. They held themselves accountable for doing the right things. And a lot of times you'll see where -- could have great chemistry but you're not talking about the right things you're not taking the right approach. That's the difference between this year's Red Sox team and a lot of the other teams where you say this is the best group of guys ever. 61777. On seven on 837 dance in Foxboro it's up to. I got -- and -- of not bad I just an idea or question if you're happy. To. Who's gonna be checking it it chipped it last year. Would you have bet that. I would've said the Bruins. I would not -- said the Red Sox. Yeah I don't get in order at all no no one dollar note put you last Melissa. Lilly is one question at a but you know I mean there's no one's gonna pick don't expect when it repeated Celtics. Why I don't I completely disagree -- you believe that. Well because it will wide right why -- why do you believe the Celtics could be -- -- in -- -- championship in Boston I want your reason for -- Because there's not they think any of the other teams are gonna win over the next few years and years and the Celtics are probably going to be pretty good position -- -- I'd -- that that. Once you based on other teams like I guess that's fair you wanna -- -- you -- -- -- -- basically don't think the other teams are -- championships long enough we think the Celtics will bounce back look the Celtics. Idol this season is obviously. Not a year that they can win a championship will look at when Rondo could overtime and what happens if to make certain trades to get more draft picks and take the draft picks that somehow get the lottery and get out a dominant player on the that's sweet it's not we have plenty of time to talk about that but right. Now -- well -- if this Celtics are not going to be I -- you realize you know when it's I don't know if you watched that -- united to me that this -- it -- of that out of those ML cart teams all the and it just painted sot show all of the shot Gerald Wallace is the modern day Todd day I don't want Avery Bradley drive it to the basket in the final seconds strategy. Jeff Green right now is -- and and it was every breath I don't win activists Jim isn't productive it's up to. -- I don't see any value. Not very to erupt and you've and it -- and I feel that statement but you know get a reaction -- that all. But you know he's a strict laws that would put Zora -- New York accent. Dolphins sold them so people aren't. -- well I hope -- -- Santos. It you know our attitude you know what I love about it is it -- did he calls the New York when he says my last name is this like my friends they my last name -- it. Brats who'd ratted. -- by. Yeah well together is. The worst thing that any sports team which is one of sidled into an ocean in the capital through two games. It is it's just that I hit I am a big believer in chemistry I don't chase competitive -- -- the competitiveness and execute in the outfield but the thought disabled chemistry. And guys will play the other well. And you know to keep a guy like Napoli and Gary you keep Singapore I think broke -- is going to be a big effect and make sure these dictators. I don't really start coming around I'm playing well. I think get healthy Buchholz was like comparative. To release a little -- and the starting pitching they can keep this team together I mean. Look back at 67 win not only that they celebrate your insight there about the that the that this old several -- so slug guys like Posey PJ brown goal. -- -- -- players off the bench. You know the video lightweight slacks and a great victory and a crap after that you don't want a -- that -- titles and I -- -- didn't keep it came together and I helped a lot -- they -- -- thanks to call it I feel like it's easy to keep the team together baseball that would be no -- situations that that you just mentioned but. As we get close at 1 o'clock then that we ticket and -- -- Sunday I'm gonna take a break he's rob Bradford on the and it got full odds are open for the rest this 0617. 77 on 7937617. 7797937. Sports Sunday -- -- you launch last night -- Yeah and so. -- were you rooting for literary -- guys aren't.

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Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

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Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

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Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.

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Jonny Gomes: "I didn't want to go anywhere. I can't fathom any player ever wanting to leave Boston." 7-31-14

Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

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John Lackey is traded to St. Louis, Lou's emotional roller coaster continues. 7-31-14

Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.

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Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haze on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

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