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Ben Cherington on the Red Sox start

Apr 10, 2014|

Red Sox GM joined the show to discuss the Sox start to the season and the future of John Lackey.

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It's a very quick question before we woke up with a Red Sox GM bench -- Ten week anyway possible. Be held responsible. For any traffic accidents that helped that happened on nine -- three self. When people are nauseated by -- mugs up on a billboard on ninety -- all excited she is not that today take a picture -- -- really that much on the front 93 south. Are possible Jerry people run off the road now now now that's their fault they're on the matter up for the last probable but I. If if if it gets all these parts that's -- that. I pay the front office report is brought you by noon turf here and she bit the solution and shirt and joins us on the AT&T -- like to -- -- how aria. In order are doing very very well to begin with we heard the Monterrey in spring training. Turn the page it was the spring training team has seemed to make sense. Does these sluggish start in your estimation -- suggests that. Doing it turning the page saying it is a little bit more difficult than actually doing it. Yeah Belichick. I think during it will article. I think we're in the process that area but. And you know we -- peace. Where we cut it up or my reminders. Early in the season. Reminders of last year -- older -- minors and it written to be reminded that. I think what we -- in normal work in and this road trip -- represent. That -- Indian. All. -- well it's in the or only pitched. I bet if Jackie Bradley still hit and when victory in a -- Beckett -- six outfield does it as a way out of that. Logjam that dilemma I know it's a good problem to have. Would you consider a trade trading a veteran just to the two who ran directly down the numbers in the ranks of outfielders. Yeah you know. I think we -- -- -- when we get there I think. There are certain standard -- opposition. This early in the season try to keep as -- out -- and this year we have. Wouldn't rule out -- there of course blocked it out and now amendment might. Might work itself out are naturally but. You know -- yeah it's been. It really did see him deeper where are happy for him to be -- and either player. -- all I said. It hadn't happened in the big leagues yet and now are -- a book about -- -- The kind of thing he can do basis. It's really great centers. And get a pat and where a lot of energy certainly help open up so we have we think accommodation and ethnic and make up earlier about bill. Over the -- -- -- in April that come back and there are a. I'd if you like defense -- and I feel for you and he didn't tell me what the downsides to this would be Victorino right. Jackie Bradley and senator Sizemore in left as you starting outfield against. Most starting pitching clearly against right -- what would be the problem with that. I think that's what there -- certainly you know a you know I still thought -- lineup that. Around the mid -- or speak for him -- You know once there there's different different ways you can. He could do it. But we'll deceptive say you know we got that idiot Vick held his first. It was this opportunity we know we know kind of let -- -- Lawton in right field. Last year so I think the one thing would probably. They'll start about it is make sure you're right and then getting it right you know ultimately in the right field is as much as possible double figure out there -- there. I saw Lester -- at the end of spring training I think it'd have been hard for him turned down a 144 million scherzer did -- also -- that. Number never came across in negotiations. When you look at Lester right now and and they got to pause in that. Is it a year is a more than dollar figure me could you see yourself giving a starting pitcher in his thirties a six year deal. He -- that they'll have a veto. Or any. Two significant contract whether or Leicester or -- anybody else that we're talking and you know orchard -- There's all the steroids is structured deals that. It work for the player -- -- he's in terms of you know try to find different ways so. Make it just the bulk of both sides. I think he. The hard part. It is so you know it was with -- -- -- They're done such a good job of consistent so terrible. It's their sub division the post season a lot block -- -- They need. If he -- -- Create the at a time when. You and we all the what happened -- starting pitching in the greater market contracts that amount. Over the last you know 23 years that. Segment of the population has clearly. Moved to turn the street in dollars so that. Create today and it wouldn't we're working on a contract that. Nixon -- challenging them and we have to look at it. Would through our -- -- and you know clears -- at least stated and I understand that and our sadness and we want so -- should be here. We will work as hard and try to make that work. But there's things that you know. Other teams might do it. We disruptive and but. Earlier regularly at the target with the supplements so this will keep going and keep work. Well or not currently but who wouldn't work. At the right time. And when there's a desire on both sides then there's no chance. Ben Jon Lester aside and this is a question we get all the time from fans baseball fans talk show callers. New general managers and baseball ownership look at the deals the the televised deals long term deals that take guys like. A broad and -- holes and CC sabathia. And to a lesser extent Cabrera and he's certainly productive but he had two years ago and say what are -- what is ownership. And general managers' thinking handing out those deals win. Productive deals like that are clearly the exception rather than the rule. Do you respond to that why do baseball teams do Davis. That the great question you know I don't think it's. It's not that it's really about those. The wave the way we'll look at terms -- How to justify architect it's really an anymore about links there in the current dollars so. Could be in and it's and -- simple reasons this. Rookie year predict performance this year next year. The Raiders now on though it's not about. It's it's really not about whether. A player is worth paying a lot of money -- in the short term. Because they're performing like Miguel Cabrera for example. You work that mean he's he's produced that level Ortiz. He's. He's he's adding when the Detroit Tigers and vocal in their valuable iron and appropriately so those players. I think the challenge during our officer and in. Is hit trying to figure out those contracts and I arm. What happens that a great years down and analyze that and I thought Finland. And when you're out. They hinted something and gotten in the trouble. When you had too many of those on the books. You're carrying a lot of risks so I think in -- generally looking to avoid that scenario by. There are exceptions in. They're they're certainly players to. Continue to be really get it and you know it later later in their careers and their city -- and you work the money they're making. -- in and we had some context here -- -- Well no wonder at such time in your -- soccer -- -- or any -- -- options or whatever that deal was. It made headlines and ended up being. You know pretty fair deal. You -- about many of the time despite. Beside the respect is it there is really you know so you know the Red Sox were -- for years that little that little bit younger. But it could hit it there. It's a challenge than theirs and -- you know look I think the best players in the game. The players that the elite players who wants it. Are contributing the most open in what they should be. Here. That you -- what's happening today you earned that there. The reason I look at it is well. In he interchanges look into cement along a little bit. Then clearly this is a little premature on April 10 John Lackey is two and all with a 138 ERA. If we leap forward a bit and he's tenant to with a sub three or pop -- high to. ERA and becomes you and says I'm sure you're aware Ben animal going to be make and a half million dollars next year what you're saying that if he says do you think that's fair bench Arrington. -- -- Who are -- and oops he's such. -- -- the most accountable reliable. Guys that are called us and you know words -- saying it either. Either or thing or aren't as well. For him in Boston. He loses. Either -- it was the most reliable -- in terms of you know whatever possible. It and the ball every fifth day in their lives by that -- that's my job starting pitcher in your greatest concern is that there. He's always been -- -- teenage -- again or things or well. So we had a really high degree of accountability that you. You know you understand the contract he signed. It's also clear that the lease earlier in the you know they all likely that he's here. He can keep that same -- -- it's been so. He got a lot of reasons you know to keep the same notebook morning it will fit in Carlisle. Didn't get the kind of body and the -- very. -- command. He's the perfect guy that. Could pitch for awhile longer. It if you lawsuit so. It is a bit of an unusual situation. But is it. Part of the contract Dugard lived there. -- it looked like it now. We will all bets are on their. Another contract. Oh -- it and -- keep that in order to. I gotta -- Henry Owens off to a good start he is 22. In July what's his ET and when do you expect him to be. In your rotation. Boy I don't know it's he's you know after the start. -- Injuries. And mature kid he he he got -- our little conference. He left and it was really fastball command that. Advanced changeup. And probably still the breaking ball -- coming. It's a little bit there's there's something for him to do with the minor league -- still despite. Are you opted. You know that he's gotten a little bit to double a last year we started this year. Well and humid too early to Seymour start there there there there's priorities. AAA our future. Or. -- see -- able to get. The upper levels of -- Of course it -- happen. But it also. Is also a guy that. You know we really think NBA. A major part ever patient move forward or be careful that. Make sure we gonna stop has -- so much it -- him. -- -- we we end with this I'm not sure how much a manager or a team. Can find a player for doing something stupid bit about the Major League manager. I initiate. Or institute the maximum fine -- one of my guys slides headfirst into first base Pedroia as an example a year ago week week and a half ago. Hamilton now out six to eight weeks with surgery our players told that. They are. Back in my early. We do exactly that there's. There's that -- complacent. It sometimes it's broken because. Players. You know are certain wired in different ways and if you've been playing -- -- fighters told them. You react in the union approached its. Players. The card that they're rewire that to -- rule. But -- but but we have we absolutely. Agree that your that there's there's not much you know from. Well I think that hurt the -- in most in almost every it is not the end. From lighting it hurts and so we could be. Yeah we discourages. Everywhere and we you know pretty much earlier that it in my early but it so happens is. They're players in the game in the absence of their -- -- How much camp I find a player who's stupid does this deserve as -- that. Well. It's at the mightily though we have a little more control over these saying they're not and not make a lot of money so in fairness we. I'm pretty well yeah but it certainly it's certainly openly discourage. -- -- thanks to the conversation. Important series coming up important start for Clay Buchholz and -- talk to down the road. Ensuring that Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T got on the front office report -- brought you by noon turf care and to -- Business solutions it's like -- Doolittle. Deal with Lackey but yeah -- to go and pitch well past there yeah so might be a two year extension. War. 25 million that would ever terps -- per year for three years reject. So they'll they'll give him Dempster money over two years yeah sure but I'll wait muscles. But picture if it's any extra point that he's a professional is accountable he's not bitch and yet so there's not -- -- that it would yet and yet. August come -- if he's eleven and one at the all star break I think he mentions what settlement has -- is is no urgency to not he's not pitch in great position right. And with Lester and said there is a point where we're going to walk away yeah which means to some other team bike bike and says I'm somewhat below the already walked away it doesn't feel that way -- bases last year. Our fourth and final -- Dennis and Callahan I think we've already said about or friends on -- and if not join us on the FM -- 93 point seven. What the final -- DNC next.

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