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Scott Lauber, Boston Herald, Joins Chris Villani to Talk All Things Red Sox

Mar 23, 2014|

Scott Lauber calls Chris and touches on a variety of pertinent Red Sox topics including Grady Sizemore and his durability, where the Red Sox see Jackie Bradley over the next couple of seasons, the young guys in the lineup and the possibility of a new contract for David Ortiz.

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Portrait yet WEEI crystal -- if you get back to the phone calls in just a few minutes but. Joining me now to -- continued Red Sox stock from the Red Sox spring training is Scott lover of the Boston herald's as -- got. Are you. I'm doing pretty well thanks while we're seeing a lineup today according to John Farrell that is somewhat akin to. What the regular season lineup is gonna be may be minus even -- sketching out AJ Pierzynski is this about what you expect from the Red Sox come opening day. Yeah -- it is and and you know the week Grady Sizemore has played an end. You know that's a big week for him today marks the first of three consecutive gains for and that part in the next sixty minutes he. Come through OK and I will be the final after the Red Sox the terminal there and it'll all playing every day. He becomes through that okay it wouldn't surprise me in the least but seeing him our leading -- on opening -- in Baltimore so I think that's -- the direction that air headed in the and that's certainly -- early or a couple of Tibet. When you say come through it okay you talking about an injury setback is that the only thing that could -- -- Sizemore is the center fielder at this point. You know I think -- you know I mean look there's always -- concern with -- given its history that. -- -- keep his party will break -- but I think it's more you know just -- each day. You know he went back to back games but I think it's is that for. It's certainly the first sample plate spot that a week. By the time we're -- we're talking about it next weekend so. We want and they wanna make sure that his body bounced back well on the up from the back to back to back it and and they want to make sure that they go north with and that -- element in. The it really carry a platoon in center you'll -- the roster. Sent the way it is they already have a platoon in left field. Italian Mike are on the bench. And so that they really can't carry people are more -- -- -- juniors so it's going to be greedy when they need to know to play. I'd be a week at a minimum they're gonna find out this week whether he announces well now. -- do that whether his party is ready for that sort of about work well. They kind of answered it there but I know I've -- -- heard from Lotta Red Sox fans that's. Why not both why not Sizemore and Bradley both on the Major League roster I -- to require they carry eleven pitchers right I mean just run out of roster spots. Right exactly and you either have to carry eleven pitchers or would have to make some sort of appeal this week involving might cock now we know that this. Serpentine that scouted him this spring the pirates are one of the team that appears now among the most interest it in my car and -- for me out to the Red Sox roster it's a little bit of redundancy between Mike Carp and it'll pop up state you do some different things. Not it's probably. I mean they're more comfortable with outlet you'll certainly they're more -- and on the outlook and co -- Our little bit at first HQ. Could let -- and -- off the bench the Red Sox still evaluate I mean apart and not on the roster so they're not think you might -- away. And -- there are all over with some sort of deal this week. He's kind of spot as one of that which incidentally they wanna go with twelve pitchers which is in the air. Their way of speaking here for a long about coveted -- it almost always at twelve on the roster -- really would not -- spot and particular builders. Jack rabbit you're you'll kind of be yacht you know it's impacted its tactical -- -- Do you buy into the idea at all it's starting in AAA can hurt Jackie Bradley is development not giving him the chance to just kind of sink or swim with the Major League team this year. I don't I I really don't I don't I don't out much of an issue with that at all and and and I'll give you a couple of quick reasons why I mean I think first of all that look -- wouldn't -- -- he never had it out which is why they were not aggressive in recent injury which is likely it will look to bring a veteran shortstop in here and they -- enough from -- -- last. Post you've been in particular really throughout the course last year. Whether it was reported at least I think any computer -- I Bradley. They're not so sure about. And and and I think yup Milwaukee it's an improvement -- played approach last year. With each successive call up they still are not positive that he's ready to beat every -- right. That's why they brought pretty sight more eager to -- Jackie Bradley and everything went well. With Grady Sizemore. The end result would -- at Bradley would go back to triple -- which it felt like was not the worst thing in the world I agree with al-Qaeda. I had -- he -- point -- each other exit. Usually you have anything to gain by going to act AAA and you -- I don't know. These are really don't know I honestly any Internet question and I'm one of the Red Sox decision makers and I asked that question and that's the answer right yeah. That's all you all need to know that they are still in. Doubt even -- Jackie Bradley junior's mind that he's ready for this right now it doesn't diminish the way they feel about going forward it to it just sort of I'll need it. There's -- doubt that. There's reconfirmed to go back in it doesn't hurt whatsoever for -- to seem go to -- dropped from its start and and you know you -- -- he's going to be needed at some point this year so it's not like they'll be on -- report in. And caught it or not -- -- I think the. Scott Robert Boston Herald joining us -- -- Red Sox Chris Lonnie with the WEEI. Our your progress of the deal being made with Jon Lester in the Red Sox a possible extension what's the latest there in any idea. What kind of numbers we might be talking about with this. A legendary hometown discount he has promised. Progress but I don't think you in fact I know there's not -- enclose. Jon Lester insults at the other day it's not like we're. Anywhere near the -- already saying we're not. We're not anywhere near repeal and and this is far more complicated you'll in the end it turkeys to I would expect to get done here in the next. I would say outlook is it could happen as early as today it happened. It doesn't happen and it should happen within the next few days I think that. The much more straightforward negotiation it's a one year it's a salary that is it easier to negotiate. From each -- is going to be twenty million dollar a year guy or north of that and it's gonna take. Couple weeks or five years at least get it done and those are pick numbers those are numbers that. The Red Sox and let the people I'm sure we'll go back and forth and so. There is progress in the sense that there are talks going on but I don't think they're anywhere near a deal right now at. I think the focus their attention lately has been on wrapping up Ortiz. Then they'll turn their attention electorate get. Within range at the end of spring training I think -- conversations continuing into the seat -- -- there without outside of you know being anywhere close to deal. In the table for awhile so glad to see the next week goes in those talks but. Like except a much more complicated deal with much bigger numbers and much longer years and and that's certainly that they a longer time in New York he yelled come collection. Well you say table it for awhile what exactly does that mean -- if they're not close into April. Is it you table until the end of the year because then obviously bringing free agency potentially to the next. Right and and you know as he gets on my part I get the sense from -- McDonnell said that he doesn't want that hanging over him. During the year are collapsing he wants to -- you know every time -- pitches pretty mixed start for us to be asking. Auckland -- negotiations you know thinking about it. You know if he goes through a patch stretch which is inevitable prop or a log -- and that shall have a few a few -- starts. The question from -- preoccupied by year contract situation so. I don't think you want that hanging over him I think you hear quotes he certainly willing to say hey let's continue this in April and trying to hammer out. But that they are still are part I think it's gonna be his prerogative. You're out on the back burner for now whether that means that you know you all -- break or whether that means a people you altogether until up after the season is over that's a term but I don't get the sense that -- is it's not something he wants anymore. And that they're not close. He's going to have to wait a little while. -- David Ortiz deals when I know that sky you and I've talked about quite a bit and it's still warned that it even though. It's done at this point are not done but going to be done. Seems to be fairly polarizing. Amongst Red Sox fans app from your perspective I know you've talked about this would be in the past but. How do you look at this is a good business decision or the Red Sox to give Ortiz the one year deal. 1516 million whatever it is now rather than wait till the end of the year. -- -- polarizing crescent and I'm not really sure why. Greg Norman a minority on that I think it's pretty straightforward her knee. Look I'm not in the business of telling -- we haven't spent that money or or spending it's forever like -- that. You know for me what you look at the years in -- last year at age 38. You know three or 930 homers and RBIs ninety you'll yet and then look at the postseason at which topped the charts. There's no sign of -- slip or decline in performance. So if you're -- the -- and David Ortiz speeding David Ortiz again this year. Or if you pick on the decline being in -- -- and what is it does not intend to keep it would be dramatic decline. Annual cost saving money by doing it now all -- I think because they excuse. -- -- You involved in the in the beating region peaking for David Ortiz. For the price to go up all in terms of dollars and ears in every -- -- sort of assume that if you play that through to the end. Any become create -- well reps obsolete all -- offer which will limit his market and it certainly will. And everywhere just the -- will be and a one year deal for fifteen million dollars -- the -- -- Well I know for a fact that we cheaper interest to -- aren't they ended up not really. Deciding to go that route. But they were initially interest in David -- two years later to peak years. A team like that work he might who knows the Orioles or whoever makes -- overture paperwork eat all the sudden. -- a little bit more competition in the marketplace all -- offer. I would be in place but -- -- keep working without some options suddenly now you look at your guilt rather than a one year extension so I just think. Don't you believe in David Ortiz you believing in having another peak year to a milk and save money later -- only gonna commit in now reached 39. Why put yourself in the position marine air -- Commitment of two or three years that goes through -- 4041. -- Practicing its business to do it now add on and for one more year. -- -- Scott lob or the Boston Herald any concerns about the way Ortiz has performed in spring training because I've heard this a lot to -- 1 morning and a lot of excitement based on the way Grady Sizemore is reform but that a lot not all that concerned about David Ortiz how worried about the metric it's almost like you could only help yourself and not hurt yourself retreated some guys. Yeah it's it's true it's kind of funny how how that works certainly when a guy is telling her shop you all look at the numbers and say oh my -- -- -- hitting 380 how can he not make the team and when there's a guy who's got a roster spot sold out that these. You know he that are key to what to. 35 we still not a big deal to spring training. That he would work. I would be a little bit more concerned that's 2011. In order repeating are under 2011 and -- got off to a slow start -- 09 intent. I remember either keep me in -- across the -- he ordered an extra act back in and really get your point repeating. In as many as possible because that's what he needed you to avoid another slow start. And then -- the salt spring training trip to the -- injury and he comes out. And the 330 problems so you know I -- -- -- knows what he needs to be ready for Eden and cigarettes are talked about it and I think if you're like he did it her way out right now. They're not as concerned about the numbers because he feels good and I think it now he proved to himself last year that. You know he he can't -- you do without having much of the spring training and and the security at least as 35 at bats under his belt. The post that hit he by the time they had -- doubt. And hopefully more hits and a couple more Almonte may -- at midyear results start line without it you'll let. -- -- -- you'll do it you know eat at this point in his career I think yet you almost have to trust them what they say well he knows we need to get ready. He's been through many different types of spring training didn't. This is just another type. Just a couple of minutes -- steroids got lover and you wrote in today's herald about AG presumed ski and another guy that is banning polarizing could be that the kinda way to describe how -- -- around Major League circles but. It seems like from what you write. -- he's been pretty well low welcomed and embraced so far in this Red Sox clubhouse. You know most the players I've talked to you know what you. Without trying to view it and it's been kind of -- spring long project for me have a -- collect. And colorful stories about 80% what's that like to play against this -- do it annually -- at the most heated later in the in the big leaks -- Why is he regarded that way like that's funny ones in the -- don't talk about hitting up the plate what -- early in his career. An 80% and the full blown conversation with you are not in the football in the article -- -- -- kidding me trying to get in ninety mile an arc slider here. And you're talking about it. You know you need a break in and that sort of -- in many papers that he does it and -- and no crop Marilyn. At three he ground out which and they chipped it to a little bit annoyed and look anything like that we're not -- anything that's all that sinister here he just. -- -- and -- things and I think that's one of the reasons why. Yet the reputation that he does but you know about it it's opt out. Played with in the past and everybody has seen and he literally fifteen -- eight. Editor at that's what you most Nokia that he ultra competitive and wanted to do everything there's a waiting game. That's something that you -- -- admire more than dislike I mean they'll take that and they're citing an elite so. I don't think you two guys who has much I call it or or anything like that they'll do little. That -- talk with the unit Alexander. Or build a kind of tactic that early Olympic for it's it's something a little salt in the bright and that often. But again it's nothing that I don't think it's -- it's a distraction or so I super. At all and that's sort of what you -- in the spring at the competitive guy he wants to win it and at that time might he might beat both the Red Sox now -- -- on -- side you'll they weren't. Our finalists got and he tweeted this a little bit earlier but looking like perhaps Craig Breslow to start on the disabled list does that mean Brandon Workman. Breaks camp on the 25 man roster. Yeah I think so I mean. They are reading between the lines here are not typical reenacting it. The fact that the outlook pitching in the minor league game tomorrow makes it easier for the rent out the back seat at the -- Or else that they can back it and are not that he'd be eligible -- early yet equal bit. Which means you really don't mean this is the first street that he and if they put him in great relief team now say it takes -- impact -- -- quite -- -- Procedurally speaking in their leading generic corrections department the Allen chuck felt also that. Cut that would be probably short term that they would be without him they're not necessarily -- replace it with another lefty. And eat it they're pretty dark it improbable winning well at screen printed work right -- that multiple innings. They can keep him stretched out enough so that we -- -- the way he can slot right back in the rotation so. I think it broke out of the yellow workmen on the roster currently -- -- -- early in the -- and that's kind of what he leaves they're selling right now and it's kind of like being. The direction that they're leaning. -- it's got great stuff you can find him on Twitter at Scott -- over and of course in Boston Herald online Boston Herald dot com always appreciated but thank you. Scott Robert joining us up from Red Sox spring training a lot of good stuff from him talking about David Ortiz and I agree have been. I -- of its minority year prints I really can't figure out a bit today. 5050 split if it's a majority of Red Sox fans were just be really vocal minority. It is opposed to the idea of David Ortiz getting a one year extension right now. I think it does make business sense if -- counting on -- you're expecting. David Ortiz got the ball off the cliff this year. Maybe it happens he's 38 years old white. If he does there's no sign of the coming there's no sign of that dramatic drop out that dramatic. I depreciation and these skills happen. It just based upon last year based on the policies and there's nothing you can look 2.2 would -- eight. Age is catching up with so if you're counting on him being some version of what he was last year. It is of value like to get him on the one year deal one year extension right now he'd been in in Red Sox Red Sox uniform for an extra season. Is there a market that could develop is another good year it's possible. Yeah Scott mentioned Toronto Baltimore Seattle's team -- or -- they're just because Seattle has so much money. That they wanted to give to people. -- they had ninety million some odd dollars they wanted to try to spend this off season around to you know take a lot of but it's been difficult for them to get guys don't wanna go there. I think had overpaid they've had to pay a ton of money to get gas to -- Seattle's I think that could be a possible landing spot. -- texture and the AT&T text line highlights what is a big reason for the the reason this is polarizing a big aspect of it is just the fact Ortiz is constantly talking about. If there was very little minimal discussion about a Red Sox came out that announcement said. Press release David Ortiz one year deal fifteen million bucks for 2015 were tacking on that next year. I don't think they were being nearly the outcry I think there's a frustration. Because Ortiz is perceived as whining and complaining and it's working it's getting aid greet the squeaky wheels getting degrees right and that's. Saying my grandma says that so. That's where I think a lot of the problem comes in -- Red Sox fans are frustrated keeps talking about. I don't have huge problem that either because he's been especially this spring. He's been asked about it and he's answered honestly. You know he he's given the honest answer maybe could've made is like a little bit easier the dvd company like cliches but. Honesty or David Ortiz and I think that's necessarily such a bad thing. So it's going to happen. In at this point the will is really past the point of discussion it's gonna be one year deal -- we're hearing he could. Come today could come in the next couple days but it's gonna be one year deal the money is gonna be. Similar to what it was this year because of the new CBA this is something that was -- reported in this understood it. While lot of people myself included a because of the new CBA. Is along is the new contract does it affect the current contract it's not going to impact the Red Sox luxury tax wise. To announce -- prior to opening day that's change. Over the Adrian Gonzales deal. Because it was announced after spring training had it not been announced after spring training -- after the start of the regular season. They were taken a much more substantial. I hit against the luxury tax that first year for Gonzales and not that way anymore. So you're probably gonna get an announcement the next couple days and as far as the should it happen. I don't see the huge downside here for the Red Sox and I really don't see the point at this stage at least. In playing hardball with the guy who not only was your most important -- 567 years ago but frankly. Is still your most important leader today wasn't -- thirteen end. Likely will be again in 24 to 6177797937. -- like 37. 93 several get back to your calls back to you text messages as well coming up next Chris -- -- Sports Radio WEEI.

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