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Larry Lucchino says the Sox have tabled contract talks with Jon Lester 7-24-14

Jul 24, 2014|

Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.

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-- front office report is brought to you by noon turf care to -- business solutions and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway joining us on the AT&T outline. The president and CEO Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino it's been a while Larry have you missed us. I'm not very much -- had a pretty busiest schedule with been Carrington and sent Kennedy Mike Hazen. At the front office report. There's has been working as that as -- doesn't. Why I thought we Mike at the GM of Liverpool today and so those I doubt that I. I heard you talking earlier about the dumbest decisions in. In sports history and I wonder if the decision. President of the Red Sox pick on -- almost weekly basis back in 2002. But qualify as those. It's very helpful I think it's very helpful to stay in touch with your people -- -- Henry sent an email to The Herald saying the talks with Jon -- have been able now to me. Reading between alliance that presents an error of finality. Com debt. That in my in -- -- in in my impression that Lester will -- dip his toe into the free agent waters and somebody will blow him away. Might incorrect in assuming that. Been possible is that question I don't know what's gonna happen but what they do know is that did what it John. -- spoke very clearly I think Michael Silver and abruptly. The position but it just after the current negotiations. And it started part. Respect for Jon Lester and his desire to postpone this until after the season. He's not an extraordinary role and. Is that the last five or six games is the area it's furcal point 90 or something like that he studies he's leading this team. And leading the rotation and his very strong preferences -- -- particular effort from him just that day or two ago on on national television. Was to run. Not could be had his Bentley and nick and himself distracted. And it and focus on something other than pitching. In winning baseball games. Larry in your estimation about which of the two following items shaped and formed. The direction of this negotiation more than the other Jon Lester suggesting he would take a hometown discount where the original offer reportedly be seven million dollars. You know I don't got to look at it and political the question about the idea yet. Analysis of the stages of this negotiation because the negotiations will continue. We will able to -- after the season to be sure. But there will be -- opportunity for us to. To resume negotiations with John and what is it with his agent that it made it abundantly clear it was. So I'm looking back and doing analysis of was just a Broxton opposes the right steps would only be counterproductive I think that your listeners. Care about whether John. But Lester is. That is like this stage as a member at the end of the Boston Red Sox for future years and probably will be diminished if we talked. Prematurely or excessively. About various stages of the negotiation all the way. That's about the way to two or they signed Jon Lester at the Olympics or less committed. And radio because you don't have. Stages of the details and who shut John analysis so various parts of negotiations. But difficult as the signed Jon Lester he seems to me in because as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Again negotiation radio waves -- not a way to do it. We'll just to reiterate. What John Henry said to. The Herald. It's tabled until November Larry are 'til until October -- that talent left. And you have that two week exclusive group negotiate it. That is correct until actually until us. For the day or two after the world. So what would be November that you next will talk don't. I don't know I don't know -- you could -- That can be negotiations in after the USC is over and before the free agency period began this season that or can. Focus on October so next time. You and yours will speak to Lester and his. We'll there. I'm not sure you know you have to ask -- that question either a yanks they'll have some continuing discussions with. SFR. Other issues or other matters that there's certainly -- negotiation. Is so that is it has been. The parties have agreed to go to. It -- step away -- this after the season. Peter Gammons says that rarely has -- been as much pressure from the union the agents as there has is there is on Leicester. And I assume on scherzer and some other guys out to get to free agency and set the market does it feel you've been around awhile argument to a lot of these does it feel like. That pressure's is great as ever on the player to get two free agents at the market. All I can I speculate because being in doesn't. Consult with us to confer with us but I would say I hear your instinctive reaction to that. I do think that the players association is playing tea. A significant roll and and negotiations doesn't always do that may be more so. This year there were some off. The longer term agreements last year we are gonna get dale long term deal done missed -- Dustin Pedroia. And I think the it's certainly would be rational for the players association to walked. At least somebody's. -- the leaders of the pack too good to be out there I can understand that that motivation that. What we've got to care about is is Jon Leicester and Dublin finished the preferences. And desires and not so -- we don't obviously don't have the same interest as an association. I guess I don't understand why it's being -- though from your perspective I would think you wanna keep the conversations going as long as possible from this perspective the same policies having. By far I think is best years tourism and distracted I guess some. Curiously confused as to why expansion. Well. I'd say yeah I take that it's very can make very clear to us who that was since preference. In nineteen sinker that day if the as a pitcher is pitching extremely well and his focus isn't as productive. These days it's not on usual for one to say I don't want a didn't change our routine and a lot of changes -- -- -- -- of the way and on doing things. I don't want to you know kicked -- day and that's talk with my agent all -- about my contract. I can see I think he has a player wanting to compartmentalize. Contract negotiations. Larry is there now in place of -- at -- aside and talk in general terms non Lester specific. Is there are an organizational philosophy now in place that. Says no long term deals for guys north of -- -- or thirty -- thirty. -- I guess they got it certainly is the first thing or forty yet that unequivocal 200 -- long term player averaged over forty. But. There's city I think it's safer to -- that they of off of philosophical presumption. Rather than a hard and fast stuff policy. The case by case basis. -- case by case basis yet. Yeah apple -- it was a presumption. In its -- in favor of the if shorter term president -- you. -- at the trade deadline I believe -- one week away from today will that simply come down to something as simple as how many wins between now and there to determine whether your buyers or sellers. Yes and again I I don't think it's admiring process I don't think you're either one or the other is he may see some some moves that that take place. And some other moves that do not take place so maybe something maybe something in between but yes you're right. We've never been in this position I would say -- thirteen years. We have ever been in position where we have been anything but aggressive. Both fighters because we all receive it and these. They catastrophic years of the eleventh and twelfth. We we were the well. Well over 502 at the end at this stage of the season. So this is this is relatively new to -- I think that's -- but I'm pleased that that's the case that means that in them most of the years that we have been here. That we have been in contention. But it gate at the time of the trade. Deadline so and. I do think that. We -- Be active were always active. I think Ben is that burning up the phone lines so assistant. It is didn't have many GMs do but if you look at my track record that we have got out. A year after year trying to as players this team in nine. June July and sometimes an August. In this does so -- is. A different. One position for the -- yeah. Larry as we all know -- like he's under contract next year for a half million bucks. That's a good that is a very team friendly deal do you expect in the show up next year and pitch and perform. Not under that deal. -- I think it says there will be some protracted negotiations. With him. Probably at the end of the year as well. In we'll we'll see where it is a frame of mind -- some respect to. Walker's term contracts session and we should have won't -- the technical and one year remaining. And and it will we will explore how how we can. Keep John Lackey as a member of the buster it's. You know two years ago on the show you said that you guys are looking a bold moves before the deadline for the big trip with the Dodgers you said the team's been built on bold moves. Over the years that's still the idea it's going on an organization and do you get the sense a bold move will be made here sometime next week. That's. It still is the the philosophy or talked policy or philosophy certainly being -- Is it is one of them but it comes to a baseball decision accurate and it kind of front office. Decisions it was a. I think bold decision decides to stay in preserve certainly part. I think some of these these players transactions simply may represent some bold decisions somewhat been. Right itself has been dumb -- wrong but yeah we do. A prize bowl -- decision. -- Do you think Boston could handle the Olympics and do you want. The Olympics here in Boston. You know unless some -- my job description did not include opining. On political controversial issues like that I would say yes. It's good for the for this city. For the region. Yes it's. But I have not been to the state that that question and I and make them -- I'm not in my own dumb decisions this understand that I stay within. My job description. Larry do you anticipate losing your assistant general manager Mike -- to the Padres. Boy I hope not Mike is extremely. Talented versatile and valuable member of our front office. He is a right hand to -- Carrington. He would say yeah great future in baseball he ultimately will be a general managers someday that I have no doubt. I just hope it's it's. It's that this there's not right now I'm kind of the civil selfish of me just say the sake. But. -- I hope my case they -- us I would say that he is finally in the final four. In in San Diego in they. They have been known to. Take -- our front office people in the past but that we want to keep my case and it's a total possible. After the friendly last night you guys have to get the sawed off at least give portion of the infield to rebuild the -- correct yes exactly. It's not a big job. What we have any. A great grounds crew gave Moehler who has been out to. -- will get it done as it's a little bit of a challenge for him but he's he's. Risen to the other challenges we found Adam this year. Must say it was strange to see him on. I guess it was Sunday. Would say yes but that had to pick and being in the mud -- the pitchers the bombs. It seemed like that was it did ever. Seeing that before and it happened before own -- -- -- suffered their fourth I have never seen as it looked a little bit strange. But our grounds crew is extraordinary and and that -- get that it displaced back together for our national game. Left the mound that would have an extra element of the game would do better exactly a -- of flop on the thanks Larry Larry Lucchino presidency he'll Boston Red Sox joining us on the AT&T outline. 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