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Ben Cherington on the trade deadline 7-17-14

Jul 17, 2014|

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joined the show to discuss his plans as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

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It is the front office report and it's brought to you by our friends at noon turf care. The -- business solutions. And the New Hampshire Motor Speedway joining us on the AT&T outline. Sox general manager bench Eric and good morning about how aria. More let me start to our let me start probably softball question then -- you -- the for that -- won't answer. Fault calls on average -- all conversations on average. Will you have every day between now on the trading deadline would you guestimate. Our net average I don't know probably. -- -- thirty or forty but the core of the earlier your own people you know check information -- scouts and whatnot. There's days that are heavier than others that. -- already know a lot of Hawks everything that opportunity to other. -- that usually quiet down a little bit it's a bit over the -- -- break in at six back up again probably it and that we can. Are you far off into your career that you know when somebody is be guessing you when somebody is trolling when somebody is trying to got a sniff but what's going on vs real and genuine interest in one of your players. -- -- so far I think yet usually felt. You know. England and went cant call it may start. Asking about. Asking about specific -- would you do this with you that. That you can help -- that are not in the it's it's you know a lot of times. Our target it's the the other of the lot are -- and you'll call to the clarify their position that might have been reported in the media write some some of these reports. That sort so and so so sometimes you call him to make sure -- and -- air. That so you know. Right I've -- that direction and because you don't want them you know wanted to go to waste your time -- some of that the -- -- talent -- sooners. Are right. Will get the of rule specifics of your as a planned for Koji Lester peavy going forward in a bit but for a jumping off standpoint. The view from 35000. Beat then have philosophical decisions. Regarding what's important to this baseball organization in the second half. Being made in the inner sanctum of Fenway Park and if not win. And yes. You know sort of at the most fundamental level out there and that is that we are. Can do whatever. -- he'll. And gives the Red Sox the best chance to he would get as possible as quickly as. And we are not. We're not competing 2014. That stayed there apparently feel like. It's you know we have now is. You know capable of being better than a lot of teams analysts in the in the standings now. We've we've put ourselves in this position -- the masters. Working against us a little bit but. Strange things can happen than. You know we we believe but it so -- who we have we don't -- you lie. We can't win more games than most is ahead of us -- and we are already are so we also have to be. Realistic about what that means -- so we have to be engaged in conversations that I talked about him. Indian position. To make the Mikell was great decision that league yet. Well the third person you just wait until. Like 48 the -- of the overrule then you're not in here on in this it would make decisions. -- had those conversations that -- We're still focused on winning games and will be folks -- eternal in the market. I I assume people called guy's -- GM's call and say. Is blank available is Lester -- is you are available. What do you say to that the just say not yet -- gimme a week you meet two weeks. Probably would say is it I'm focused on winning games. You know. As we get deeper into this month we'll. Have a more clear understanding of where we are here. And then we'll make decisions that. -- make decisions that we think is the best yet it is quickly here so that that the service. Top line response and then of course you can talk you talk about. Each each all the early part of all letters -- talked about what their attributes are restricts our. Answer questions and things like that but. You know I just I think both those conversations. Going on all the time. You know we ever got to pour it actually looking at proposals and exchanging. Proposals -- something like that. It will mean that. You know we've we've decided that okay. The best thing for the Red Sox sister. Perhaps. Focus our. Current build something as quickly -- we can't sort scored sixteen over that that's where. -- how would you characterize. Talks or. What's going on -- Jon Lester right now. You know I think a lot been written up this. I think that I would. What I take out of it or anything hit it -- What is what -- if you -- John -- somewhere earlier you know ourselves out of mustard -- that low and below or. I'm. I think we're all of those people would say. Is that. There's a strong relationship here it goes back twelve years. And that's our relationship -- -- continued dialogue and conversation. -- conversation at the right time. And doubt. You know we read and John feels like. Right now at the time the -- our field and oak summit in each trying to help. He did anyway he can -- gain. Not that the world oaks course chart where and so. -- to do that a lot of talk around the not. Only getting coming from any of those people what is mentioned that talk from. Certainly it is yes I'm about what this means or what that means there. You know it's sort of and it out there and then and now that is so much stock -- -- nervous. Coming from the people who are actually part of the conversation so I would sit. What is it that -- This Charlie and to hear rule out hurt and powers that sort of that mean it is you know beat. In conversations. Will have an opportunity at the right time -- Beginning to Marty you know our at our at our position hasn't Italy dark and -- -- and change that. But to finally keeping. Which leads me to this follow up question bench Arrington do you believe in your opinion did Jon Lester early suggestion that he'd be willing to take a hometown discount or. The clubs early low ball offer to John in anyway shape or form shape and and sort of constrict these negotiations going forward. Now I don't I think there. The I always because again work work and nobody is. Nobody is you know. Well he's eating any longer. Anyone -- point. You know as being -- -- or try to conversational under or the other or we're all. You know all distract -- well over army. Relying on the relationship is built over twelve Beers and as a way to. As a way -- as a way to try to find find it. Instructive resolution to a accounting issue we know you're sounding a contract to decide they're not. Are not he shouldn't try to find a way that that would have put it together to make a triple. Got to make sense or not it makes so let's not. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It is anyone any hard and party -- You know tried. Make too much of one particular player or another then -- Hollywood. In the media -- weigh it down bog it down and I'll I'll let happen. And benefit fry under our neighbor sees youth -- hello and ask you what went wrong. What do you say. I know you don't want a puck along the friends or neighbors god knows you know wouldn't wanna you -- phone calls to make me in his I know it's complicated but if -- Summing up in a sentence or two what do you say -- people who ask what went wrong in 2014. Well I think about it I think you know obviously there are our big issue at least open so. You know very recently has been. You know offensive production -- pitching isn't good -- order. We're having this suspect that they took a look at that. I guess without saying that. I I didn't didn't do did not. Building it. Complete opposite deeper offenses. And -- -- in the -- at the lineups that. We've had a -- this is -- look certainly look. Of course America we we thought we we thought we that we thought he. Hit it's -- reason to believe we have that -- to -- Reality is that -- at. And you know that -- -- choker or are you itself and that and our ability we're in so I don't I don't think that. I think that you know. Specific day one player you want to sit assists. In aggregate I included him in our job. Building -- be enough offense to. With at least start the year so. Per -- overall you know trying to remedy that in ways that makes sense. And you know it takes time that I'm -- that that's that's the -- in the morning you know since selectors also. Bet on that theme John Tomas is mid season report card give issue NF. Not that you care but is that fair. You know. I don't. I don't know I hadn't seen that that I think. That I. We all that certain elements that element of a throw line and you know of those -- work there. You know we're we're beating ourselves up before -- else's so. You know we rewrote the record is no. What has gone into that and so. Where accountable and terrible for response will return and better so. I don't really I don't think any anyone else grade. Eight. I understand why the why those things are out there and are they great thing about being about the people here and so those things that are are. -- get a half an Amherst. -- I bet I know I know don't give those out and pass a delicate chip to get an effort high school your eyes are getting in there and immersed after status is that the coast. He lived at Stern's call when he was like heart heart to know what you in your rant. I've been I don't you know the specific needs and wants and shortcomings of every team in the Major League so I asked this question. Instant do you know how many teams need a closer in Major League Baseball contending the eagle at number. Yeah they're gonna do it. I think in vehicle there or you know -- an option routes or a -- -- -- -- here work arm and so earlier in the month right trying to. Figure out. You know it's something. In perception that their -- it is different than what you think that. You know we we know what team -- -- now this question. You know first of all how we play over the next. You know several days couple weeks and then. How serious -- Are just out of curiosity how many teams do you think you really need a closer. I think I think there's -- bought into it. And both teams that are. Look like legitimate contenders then. You know. He uses a better option -- -- power in the numbers name -- is that a fair number. I I admit that we all know it. You can -- -- people in there. Argue about the -- or how valuable closer than three -- You know all that stuff we we know objectively there -- -- to -- closer. Other spot on the team but. Don't know when you're when you're when you're real chance to keep in October. You know that back got a umbrella -- title with the blues in no longer see the -- -- -- set in the idea or so there's so. Think that came out and calling him out there late in the past centers. Is nearly absolute that I become more rye love all but like I've become more viable in the playoffs and at or out over time and and we've got it at some good -- here Papelbon. And the -- Tokyo's here and performing at that. At the top of their game. It. All out force at all clear look at it -- -- or better. And thirteen. All three of those guys. Works you are. -- winning. Eleven games of the eleven is where so normal I think -- understand that there there is there a I didn't. The -- well it really that are really -- -- to an enormous I think that. I've been final question here are you convinced that what the Miami Marlins are saying is true the John Carlos Stanton is on available. I would I would think that they -- I would not wanna. -- he's at the military. You know also thought our speak that they're trying to. They're really players are trying to. The terms built something here and so -- you -- would you want to lose a piece it's important to. To building that aren't -- it yeah. All right bench Eric the Red Sox GM thanks for the time -- a busy day this probably is one of thirty or forty phone call you to be American today probably the most fun when you're gonna have all day anyway. Our bench our intimate tennis in -- on the AT&T outlined props report. Is brought you by noon turf care to -- but the solutions at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway ample mean to you and 14680. It's a hat Ken Campbell I like I've been 55. Had one other thing that these -- the kind of stuck around well. Territory in the next couple days thing and its -- accidents that treated to a couple weeks we -- -- 2000 human -- -- really think if they win in two of the next three. While they did win two out of three and you won't matter they are showing signs of life you call of beating Houston a sign of life. Actors from the -- I mean it is what happens the first associate trainer. Peavy. And Gomes who cares I can't step they try to -- Kaczynski no one wanted to they will try to between these guys in the movement you can still say. If we catch fire you know will will get back into contention even if you trade peavy and columns -- given up right if you could Gomes he's given up. -- if you trade peavy and Gomes you don't really Lee I mean if you still going on this year you're missing nothing right right. I mean loud and that's different than a week later won -- -- record but you replace him regular -- -- Brandon Workman ordered. Allen Webster so you don't lose -- are we go to break with this what does for -- sport W they are. Our young wins against her play placement there about her -- I got a new step that we should. Used go on for the next couple of days bemused couple weeks is called lap. Wagons above. Prospect wins after prison ski. And like I so far it like it's a pretty good number. It is the front office report and it's brought to you by our friends at noon turf care. The -- business solutions. And the New Hampshire Motor Speedway joining us on the AT&T outline. Sox general manager bench Eric and good morning about how aria. More let me start to our let me start probably softball question then -- you -- the for that -- won't answer. Fault calls on average -- all conversations on average. Will you have every day between now on the trading deadline would you guestimate. Our net average I don't know probably. -- -- thirty or forty but the core of the earlier your own people you know check information -- scouts and whatnot. There's days that are heavier than others that. -- already know a lot of Hawks everything that opportunity to other. -- that usually quiet down a little bit it's a bit over the -- -- break in at six back up again probably it and that we can. Are you far off into your career that you know when somebody is be guessing you when somebody is trolling when somebody is trying to got a sniff but what's going on vs real and genuine interest in one of your players. -- -- so far I think yet usually felt. You know. England and went cant call it may start. Asking about. Asking about specific -- would you do this with you that. That you can help -- that are not in the it's it's you know a lot of times. Our target it's the the other of the lot are -- and you'll call to the clarify their position that might have been reported in the media write some some of these reports. That sort so and so so sometimes you call him to make sure -- and -- air. That so you know. Right I've -- that direction and because you don't want them you know wanted to go to waste your time -- some of that the -- -- talent -- sooners. Are right. Will get the of rule specifics of your as a planned for Koji Lester peavy going forward in a bit but for a jumping off standpoint. The view from 35000. Beat then have philosophical decisions. Regarding what's important to this baseball organization in the second half. Being made in the inner sanctum of Fenway Park and if not win. And yes. You know sort of at the most fundamental level out there and that is that we are. Can do whatever. -- he'll. And gives the Red Sox the best chance to he would get as possible as quickly as. And we are not. We're not competing 2014. That stayed there apparently feel like. It's you know we have now is. You know capable of being better than a lot of teams analysts in the in the standings now. We've we've put ourselves in this position -- the masters. Working against us a little bit but. Strange things can happen than. You know we we believe but it so -- who we have we don't -- you lie. We can't win more games than most is ahead of us -- and we are already are so we also have to be. Realistic about what that means -- so we have to be engaged in conversations that I talked about him. Indian position. To make the Mikell was great decision that league yet. Well the third person you just wait until. Like 48 the -- of the overrule then you're not in here on in this it would make decisions. -- had those conversations that -- We're still focused on winning games and will be folks -- eternal in the market. I I assume people called guy's -- GM's call and say. Is blank available is Lester -- is you are available. What do you say to that the just say not yet -- gimme a week you meet two weeks. Probably would say is it I'm focused on winning games. You know. As we get deeper into this month we'll. Have a more clear understanding of where we are here. And then we'll make decisions that. -- make decisions that we think is the best yet it is quickly here so that that the service. Top line response and then of course you can talk you talk about. Each each all the early part of all letters -- talked about what their attributes are restricts our. Answer questions and things like that but. You know I just I think both those conversations. Going on all the time. You know we ever got to pour it actually looking at proposals and exchanging. Proposals -- something like that. It will mean that. You know we've we've decided that okay. The best thing for the Red Sox sister. Perhaps. Focus our. Current build something as quickly -- we can't sort scored sixteen over that that's where. -- how would you characterize. Talks or. What's going on -- Jon Lester right now. You know I think a lot been written up this. I think that I would. What I take out of it or anything hit it -- What is what -- if you -- John -- somewhere earlier you know ourselves out of mustard -- that low and below or. I'm. I think we're all of those people would say. Is that. There's a strong relationship here it goes back twelve years. And that's our relationship -- -- continued dialogue and conversation. -- conversation at the right time. And doubt. You know we read and John feels like. Right now at the time the -- our field and oak summit in each trying to help. He did anyway he can -- gain. Not that the world oaks course chart where and so. -- to do that a lot of talk around the not. Only getting coming from any of those people what is mentioned that talk from. Certainly it is yes I'm about what this means or what that means there. You know it's sort of and it out there and then and now that is so much stock -- -- nervous. Coming from the people who are actually part of the conversation so I would sit. What is it that -- This Charlie and to hear rule out hurt and powers that sort of that mean it is you know beat. In conversations. Will have an opportunity at the right time -- Beginning to Marty you know our at our at our position hasn't Italy dark and -- -- and change that. But to finally keeping. Which leads me to this follow up question bench Arrington do you believe in your opinion did Jon Lester early suggestion that he'd be willing to take a hometown discount or. The clubs early low ball offer to John in anyway shape or form shape and and sort of constrict these negotiations going forward. Now I don't I think there. The I always because again work work and nobody is. Nobody is you know. Well he's eating any longer. Anyone -- point. You know as being -- -- or try to conversational under or the other or we're all. You know all distract -- well over army. Relying on the relationship is built over twelve Beers and as a way to. As a way -- as a way to try to find find it. Instructive resolution to a accounting issue we know you're sounding a contract to decide they're not. Are not he shouldn't try to find a way that that would have put it together to make a triple. Got to make sense or not it makes so let's not. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It is anyone any hard and party -- You know tried. Make too much of one particular player or another then -- Hollywood. In the media -- weigh it down bog it down and I'll I'll let happen. And benefit fry under our neighbor sees youth -- hello and ask you what went wrong. What do you say. I know you don't want a puck along the friends or neighbors god knows you know wouldn't wanna you -- phone calls to make me in his I know it's complicated but if -- Summing up in a sentence or two what do you say -- people who ask what went wrong in 2014. Well I think about it I think you know obviously there are our big issue at least open so. You know very recently has been. You know offensive production -- pitching isn't good -- order. We're having this suspect that they took a look at that. I guess without saying that. I I didn't didn't do did not. Building it. Complete opposite deeper offenses. And -- -- in the -- at the lineups that. We've had a -- this is -- look certainly look. Of course America we we thought we we thought we that we thought he. Hit it's -- reason to believe we have that -- to -- Reality is that -- at. And you know that -- -- choker or are you itself and that and our ability we're in so I don't I don't think that. I think that you know. Specific day one player you want to sit assists. In aggregate I included him in our job. Building -- be enough offense to. With at least start the year so. Per -- overall you know trying to remedy that in ways that makes sense. And you know it takes time that I'm -- that that's that's the -- in the morning you know since selectors also. Bet on that theme John Tomas is mid season report card give issue NF. Not that you care but is that fair. You know. I don't. I don't know I hadn't seen that that I think. That I. We all that certain elements that element of a throw line and you know of those -- work there. You know we're we're beating ourselves up before -- else's so. You know we rewrote the record is no. What has gone into that and so. Where accountable and terrible for response will return and better so. I don't really I don't think any anyone else grade. Eight. I understand why the why those things are out there and are they great thing about being about the people here and so those things that are are. -- get a half an Amherst. -- I bet I know I know don't give those out and pass a delicate chip to get an effort high school your eyes are getting in there and immersed after status is that the coast. He lived at Stern's call when he was like heart heart to know what you in your rant. I've been I don't you know the specific needs and wants and shortcomings of every team in the Major League so I asked this question. Instant do you know how many teams need a closer in Major League Baseball contending the eagle at number. Yeah they're gonna do it. I think in vehicle there or you know -- an option routes or a -- -- -- -- here work arm and so earlier in the month right trying to. Figure out. You know it's something. In perception that their -- it is different than what you think that. You know we we know what team -- -- now this question. You know first of all how we play over the next. You know several days couple weeks and then. How serious -- Are just out of curiosity how many teams do you think you really need a closer. I think I think there's -- bought into it. And both teams that are. Look like legitimate contenders then. You know. He uses a better option -- -- power in the numbers name -- is that a fair number. I I admit that we all know it. You can -- -- people in there. Argue about the -- or how valuable closer than three -- You know all that stuff we we know objectively there -- -- to -- closer. Other spot on the team but. Don't know when you're when you're when you're real chance to keep in October. You know that back got a umbrella -- title with the blues in no longer see the -- -- -- set in the idea or so there's so. Think that came out and calling him out there late in the past centers. Is nearly absolute that I become more rye love all but like I've become more viable in the playoffs and at or out over time and and we've got it at some good -- here Papelbon. And the -- Tokyo's here and performing at that. At the top of their game. It. All out force at all clear look at it -- -- or better. And thirteen. All three of those guys. Works you are. -- winning. Eleven games of the eleven is where so normal I think -- understand that there there is there a I didn't. The -- well it really that are really -- -- to an enormous I think that. I've been final question here are you convinced that what the Miami Marlins are saying is true the John Carlos Stanton is on available. I would I would think that they -- I would not wanna. -- he's at the military. You know also thought our speak that they're trying to. They're really players are trying to. The terms built something here and so -- you -- would you want to lose a piece it's important to. To building that aren't -- it yeah. All right bench Eric the Red Sox GM thanks for the time -- a busy day this probably is one of thirty or forty phone call you to be American today probably the most fun when you're gonna have all day anyway. Our bench our intimate tennis in -- on the AT&T outlined props report. Is brought you by noon turf care to -- but the solutions at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway ample mean to you and 14680. It's a hat Ken Campbell I like I've been 55. Had one other thing that these -- the kind of stuck around well. Territory in the next couple days thing and its -- accidents that treated to a couple weeks we -- -- 2000 human -- -- really think if they win in two of the next three. While they did win two out of three and you won't matter they are showing signs of life you call of beating Houston a sign of life. Actors from the -- I mean it is what happens the first associate trainer. Peavy. And Gomes who cares I can't step they try to -- Kaczynski no one wanted to they will try to between these guys in the movement you can still say. If we catch fire you know will will get back into contention even if you trade peavy and columns -- given up right if you could Gomes he's given up. -- if you trade peavy and Gomes you don't really Lee I mean if you still going on this year you're missing nothing right right. I mean loud and that's different than a week later won -- -- record but you replace him regular -- -- Brandon Workman ordered. Allen Webster so you don't lose -- are we go to break with this what does for -- sport W they are. Our young wins against her play placement there about her -- I got a new step that we should. Used go on for the next couple of days bemused couple weeks is called lap. Wagons above. Prospect wins after prison ski. And like I so far it like it's a pretty good number.

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