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

Aug 1, 2014|

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

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I am really looking for to the front office report the front office report has brought to you by new turf care to -- business solutions and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Joining us on the AT&T hotline the assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox by -- and Mike did you catch up all -- sleep last matter we still too jacked up to get much sleep. Her her there but that doesn't go to rule out to open after the enough for him right before yeah -- -- we'll all sleep last night but it didn't to net right away put. We're pretty sure I go out and yes they'll. As an overview on a jumping off portion of this conversation how did the hot and win. Did the approach. Take place take form looking for -- most Major League contributors as opposed to future prospects whose idea was -- to get attached. Yeah I think we've had that in about our -- the entire aren't you know we want -- to you know we wanted to make sure that we were. Put much talent lately roster possible I will say you can't win those situations without or it you can apple and that's great but. It's not all that -- offered. Aren't teams that have the ability to -- Players not immediately call. When they're making plays. That are not necessarily -- are they eight were really wanna do it right at retreat take two to tango. You can go to the other club and it looked you know look we got. Jon Lester who are you a player that we really short -- guys -- stretched. On the outside big great no we can't take out the club so. In Milwaukee that you weren't talking on the most called prospect package is completely cloaked in. What we ended up finding was that there were a number close to have a lot of depth on their -- roster you know the Cardinals. Who are well count it out onto the -- -- about stock of baseball so they were able to -- Like so they are those Major League club in order for us to help support -- There's -- that their club in the rotation. Was there surprise shock in the room when this. When the name -- but his game. How I don't think it would surprise or shock I think we were. Immediately Entrust it. One when that name came up I think. You don't like it should be -- is not typical that you have that option available here. So when you had to name initially know immediately everybody was -- the other deal we have our little mark -- like. -- bill that. Strikes. All contrast to what you're doing it. You know then you start -- in your lately roster currently looking at 1415 roster as well that or they're well we're holes where place shall. How the big area immediately. Your -- to draw on that sort of talk about it more and more. He once got the Major League guys or did you not need to -- the Major League guys because they are in MLB. Now we go to every yeah yeah we that we had -- go out for among the three weeks we have Major League. We got actually called -- coach mark early course. Now a little different something we've done in the past because usually when you aren't you know you're sitting there and they usually call only take all stroked and put all the Major League ballparks. This time we had to go we don't know which direction she's been going a lot more. We know right at the all star break we play well which is not a great group where well. And then Inkster turn for the worse so we had to be spread out through you -- probably ten. Contending club's minor league system and major -- and got some tremendous job make sure there were everywhere. Mike what's the downside to says that is what's the what what worries you is is it just -- plate discipline or is there are other things there. Naught because the player he's fairly complete player. He's shown the ability -- on base -- aren't the issue in court -- our -- -- very good Utley plays good defense. I think you know the transition to the city. Playing on Oakland may be a little bit different for him coming to Boston. I -- something that we you know we -- obviously. Put support cast around him that -- helped them with that. Probably the biggest support system has got to be in the right in front of him in or not give a little bit of protection every day. Sort of the probably racing but as a player he's a pretty accomplished player -- -- here and in the playoff scene he's. He's helped lead our club it's in the middle lineup deeply -- defense played center field. All the things that they were where it -- It by just because I'm curious I also wanna see these guys as soon as possible. I'm not exactly sure what all the flights or not I think they did it in the end all be somewhere in and around the city. What they editor doctor became you know -- incredible teacher Diego ancestors and Oakland so -- guys west to east is is tricky. I'm in order. To get -- here -- out and actors -- game after a chart like so I don't know exactly when they -- -- whether -- the Peruvian city somewhere. And I totally. What's the explanation Mike about Allen Craig's lack of production this year and do you see him as a corner outfielder or maybe at first presidential. You know here with the ability to play almost positions. Another. Fact that sort of entry doesn't work building the roster record gives you a lot -- -- brought all -- of -- is that as you look at this year -- ability to play all over the field so. Doubt intriguing know what what we we we -- -- -- going in every day that this guy. Has the ability to impact baseball messiah -- banged up some injuries hero of the last year. Who knows what wall actually in but it time and have a player an all star caliber like like -- -- You know an adult penalties and try to get to the rest of the guys -- restrict the St. Louis Cardinals where are considering trading and so. -- that aren't your opportunities that we had bigger stronger guys. Had a little talent so we actually in the middle or. Mike obviously we know why you had to deal lest he was gone at the end of the year like to deal Lackey. You got him under control next year and we all know -- bargain basement price you plan to contend next year we we're clear about that so wide to deal. Well I think when you when you get presented an opportunity like we had yesterday those things you have to consider you know we worked. We were shooting today in 20141. Player away one pitcher away from being checked each of -- club next year. I think when you when you look at that you're able to bring back two guys. That you feel like. Can impact your roster helpful in the rotation in on the field we know what happened -- here we knew we had a lot wire -- We had a bigger opportunity. I don't know that we -- we went into that situation looking to do that deal. I think that we continue to talk and you know we -- it all on what. It's our sports -- the -- and every player on the roster until you get presented ideas are thought to kick around ideas and thoughts. And you end up with what we felt like we could get for him. That you have to open your mind to be should be for the possibility that that happened in order to she did a good shot chance to build much of a roster. We're -- to the Red Sox assistant general manager Mike -- and Michael -- did you guys have any inkling that Tampa Bay was gonna step away from the race effectively and move price. Idea we -- you you know -- -- Don't whenever they -- are treated not -- that actually Twitter account so that information yet we know it will be challenging but. We had an inkling without in we heard from a number closer at that they were still talking again. You know the Lackey situation when we're giving them the information you know that your mother you know your -- of the people that they're considering it. But no they just listening they just gauge the market got the and to the other really got to pull literature guy. Oh we had so my idea -- look at where they were in the standings seem to where we weren't -- you have to be realistic and try to jump aren't all. That's an easy thing to do what you mark and I know that when they did that ought to you about eleven when -- when we -- our. You know that made up eight or nine games and not -- the September there -- try to chase or Auckland and they got off we fell aren't they played really well. When you're trying to chase our club not that realistic gulf -- and a lot. Do you fully expect that Harry Owens will be in the rotation next year and does he project as the next Jon Lester. I don't I don't think that it's a little premature to say that that -- outbreak of corners here and and in the rotation I think Henry had a chance next year so what to -- them. And to trust yet definitely. The next Charlotte or are there isn't a Charlotte certain guys wanted to kind of units in the future is that now number one pitcher and -- -- -- to put that label or -- is that the debt a bit much here right now. Henry's and it tremendously -- -- -- to pass our tires but he got. He gets off to gut feeling to beat Billy threw a changeup -- the big curveball. Because -- huge kids. He has great make up. With the what if that's gonna translate -- and not want starting pitcher I think for the premature to that right now but he certainly ability to this atop the rotation. What and that's exactly happens you got to go through your transition period for the -- you know that's. That's all of those things that we we kind of struggled a little bit this year somebody's -- and -- There's a period struggle and go to some parks can impact your ability to win games and we need to be realistic about that again the reason why we we acquired decent out big -- guys on this help those guys tomorrow and make that transition those were the better surrounding cast. If Mike is it fair to say that these final 54 games whatever is left delegates 54 is all about information gathering on players like Jackie and senator. Zander short middle Brooks at third. Certainly it hurt me so what we're doing the stretch and won the acclamation of the new guys coming out of the team Q what we out and out they shouldn't into the roster -- -- every day. I think the starting pitchers definitely. No we need to see what you got and do. It's started to figure out which guys are going to be the the mainstay in the 2015 rotation beyond maybe you got people aren't. And yeah young guys also are proudly and all of our troops started to emerge. And started to be more consistent their everyday play. -- other guys that are going to be able -- show they can do so I think these next two to forty so they're going to be street and interest -- I think the level talent and raised on the opposite side. And I think we're polish totally of that talent pitching side and -- -- to kind of step up shall look into. How did you possibly. Pull off the Stephen Drew deal -- I'm a look at that teams are on the major leagues and there's teams in need short stops. The Yankees important one of them I mean what what made them pick on drew and his salary. I figured I would be -- your favorite -- I don't know a I mean I -- -- it I gotta give you guys all the credit of course -- the guys who signed him to the ten million dollar deal but unloading him was just pure brilliance. Look I don't know exactly why you know you that the Yankees only built exactly like basic -- certainly go after another -- -- -- but they -- need another killer in what we know it's even in the ballpark with a with a short fortunes. You know things didn't work out -- trust the way we wanted to do this year certainly but you get an ability to come stretching and put up some offensive numbers in. It is a really good player and an excellent shortstop -- But to be that utility -- But I don't know. It like specifically what are we going to see starting with Anthony Renato tonight in particular specifically. We're gonna see orange. -- -- -- appropriate are you know -- throws on five -- 9395. He really tall so he's so he really leverage to base all when he it'll -- that torn down on. -- out some deception so. We're seeing in triple a this year got a great swing and swing a fastball. Curveball and changeup. But I think more than anything else in another one of those got -- here. Put on the stage and we'll get a chance that you wouldn't really know about he's got a very good your pocket. He's had a good my early career for a this is another opportunity for prosecute one of those -- got the chance to. What shall we can do. Then when you got fifteen guys Enron and its 3 AM. Our half -- not -- straight in your trying to make a major deal how does that work that. So if nobody seeing straight box or clock been most talked about going to a diner somewhere. So burn them. I would I just looked out yesterday and I I you know I bet. You know we get we get -- -- tomorrow. -- doesn't still running. I think adrenaline kicked -- at that point you know we've got to treat this that you're at 4 o'clock in the morning. And then -- we know at stake and ecstatic so I think that that carries you along. What did you think of -- NATO to. -- -- The Internet like. I don't think he's not a big now these two and stuff yeah Michael let's go I guess you heard the weather in San Diego is perfect pretty much year round. Earlier -- are -- -- are you Rick and yet beautiful. Climate. What do you think we delusional. I don't know they reached an all that buffet table luck to the -- -- to try and know what what happened here shortly. Well good luck. I hope it works out the best for -- we've enjoyed our time together talking with you if you do go over to the other coast at some point. Thanks Mike Mike Hazen. The property report brought to you by new turf care to shoot the business solutions and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway they're gonna trade him to Tampa for a Evan Longoria hit it if it's a while while free also another -- while -- that's still wrong people I. You know public as the you have in the newsroom yesterday. They don't have as many -- that. You know or like considered the smartest team in the big weeks I love -- lecture got a feel like I'm and it's -- -- -- a local I was in dogs are used to new York and Freeman Freeman. Houston Houston I don't know from Adam but I just out of what he's done that he get on -- -- Boston Charlotte but I'd like to pick up to Augusta and I'm. But at the table on tap but he knows Jerry India marches -- on the roads and you know must pick in Boston obviously. The whole crew of the fifteen of them. We're jumping around celebrating when they got says yeah pretty happy now that one again Craig and Kelly for a lack. They were very happy and money on the price was out of the division. I mean I know it's still tough to get beat Detroit -- the World Series. We do that later you know you guys beat Tampa right now and that's -- rival nets team to play 181940. Game when we're when he twelfth. Nice -- to your fans around all next year I would like to know the dynamic of I don't think John Ferrell wanted to see Jon Lester ago. No wonder how Joseph Maddon was in on David Price if you get. Dragged kicking and screaming and this would that -- that he's involved. I was just beside Lee involved. Must've been strange I mean you're getting is smiling starter or reliever starter he's been able what is a four. Did it before and for maybe a three. And -- -- and -- shortstop prospect who I don't know one knows nothing about but easy Timorese listening -- Cy Young one yeah yeah. -- -- you know like you'd expect from it was the worst from Matt Millen. Not at that end our -- -- put a foot from a foot from the Tampa Bay Rays. A sport than that. While our road -- -- -- a lot of ground to cover with Mike -- and -- 61777. Point 7937 -- work to your phone calls next.

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