Aug 27, 2014|
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
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-- -- he brought to aspire bella insurance. Toyota Nashua and Mohegan Sun from ESPN and espn.com. Buster it's been awhile you've been. Okay -- I'd like -- targeting to Blue Jays are relevant. The Red Sox that Lester for politics does seem like a while -- like. -- like -- -- -- can't -- -- questions. I could help out but so it is ask you about obviously the brits out -- outside now -- -- a steal. Whose name and right now it's we called Thursday at that left ankle -- light at the French have the -- that. What are you hearing about the players I've -- you know senate does get some good speed with some good pop. Yeah actually similar in that spoke way they view him as a guy who could definitely be an infield option and it people were talking. They you know the world coming to mind for me with the younger Tony Phillips did that make sense. You know a guy who. Can move around and play different spots. It wasn't like -- yeah he can play second base and you know maybe be okay it was like he did pretty good in the infield that was reviewed some of the other teams. You know I I heard estimates -- -- power anywhere from fifteen to 25 home runs. You know -- guy who is in the eyes of some of the rival value leaders got a lot of swing and miss -- -- But they definitely seemed -- high end talent and there's no question players coming over from Cuba that perception of them has changed so dramatically in the last three or four years. Because for example I remember that it is yes feel -- signed with the Dodgers. I talked to within a general manager told me to look. We can think he's going to be we don't think he is that going to be that great. And this general manager told me that his -- bid 500000 dollars on week OK and then you had a situation last follower Jose Abreu signed. With the White Sox 65 million dollars and people that the team's going boy that's a little speed. You know because of the concerned that he didn't have enough bat speed and then he turned out the year he can be unanimous selection for the American League rookie year you would assume. So I think he can steal really benefited from house some of those other guys if. They're so you don't think that he. Was overpaid for the -- buster in the sense that maybe the Red Sox because they didn't get Abreu being did Chapman that there are just gonna go out the next good Cubans they weren't getting him regardless -- -- is he worth the price that they. -- -- Well I think I mean that's the bottom line is that the market price you know that's what those guys are getting into being escalated by the successes some of these guys now. Did know also no doubt that not everybody's company there has been a success you know we saw the Dodgers last year. Q what was it 36 million dollars essentially amounts in Guerrero and people within the Dodgers organization within the first week of spring training thing. It technically position Campbell. What are we gonna do -- and now he's hit in AAA. But there is some risk so. Lucky if he can spend that amount of money on player hadn't played. Professional baseball over here they're absolutely it's a risk but. There's also a lot of reasons -- six -- some of the other players that you know to believe that that the talent to translate. They -- you like math. I love Matt and amassed art so -- may test DO equals. Stanton. Abner Giancarlo Carlsbad at all nobody equal -- power -- me America's that this is that isn't that as soon as -- size is Red Sox signed. -- -- that's what everyone up here all the -- lined a ball screen and off the hook all the greatest. The -- -- yet that is certainly stand in for Kaz steal where -- busters more like okay this package makes it possible amount because he's here that could free up other guys to package out to Miami or. They package him with -- it is to go to Miami for Stanton. But he was like that the missing ingredient the missing Claude was the suggestion from a lot of Red Sox fans. Well actually put them in a better position to compete with a team I think yeah yeah yeah I'm in baseball certainly can absolutely viewed as the favorite. To get in here and win the Marlins put -- that I'm sure he's dusty and comment the other day that we're basically made very clear that he -- -- doesn't wanna sign -- term deal right now the Marlins and that means that either because this winter or next summer the Indian and in fifteen months. He's probably going to be traded detained him the favorite absolutely Chicago Cubs because there are just so loaded with position prospects. And it did any point they stick their elbows out you know the Red Sox or any of -- he's probably gonna have a hard time matching what the Cubs could put together form. You know to be on it -- why my first reaction when I saw. The day it's trying to steal and I -- not run this past Red Sox people I was on vacation last week and then came to do that. I thought right away -- that's kind of an indictment Jackie Bradley junior. Thinking that you know this is great is he is defensively. That's a real sign that you know when they have them -- and they have a Jackie Bradley junior. They have some questions about whether I -- he's never gonna translate the way that we thought out 1516 months ago. You know buster we were trade Delilah who struggled a coach you we are announcing you know that that's the guy don't mix or get something back in return because they're always given their call firing off of fifteen million now the last 45 outings. He is going to be forty. Upside is that okay slow down low Brittany who watched the last five weeks to some not so sure you're comfortable given fifteen million through this guy his age what. How do you see this thing shaken out means that -- there are worth -- fifteen million dollar risk. In my opinion no. You know and I and I I without a doubt one thing that you hear a lot from team to have players in Japan and and that is why. When did the thought process before the trade deadline was look we we've got you this player we want to keep this player we don't want to trade this player. As opposed -- you know and Andrew Miller where I think there's an expectation that even though the -- that street Miller. Dad does a good chance he's gonna wind up back with the Red Sox. A lot of the teams dealing with a player Japan's they did it it you know did that it's a comfort level was really important down. And you wanna keep the relationship up for example the Yankees have that would Kuroda in that situation in the past where they could -- -- Kuroda. But they know what we would we want to keep him it would don't wanna break that tie and maybe that's what the Red Sox -- But the Red Sox -- thinking that they wanna bring you are back for next year and first and foremost we're seeing this with Texans could Darvish. You know -- -- other teams as well we're not contention. Hates -- the bullets. You know shut guys down if there's any concern about how they're holding up. -- I pay a fifteen million dollars for -- -- for one year now and highest paid closer in baseball right now is Jonathan Papelbon. In the end at thirteen million dollars but you know the if you put a fifteen million dollar qualifying offer on him no one else is gonna sign him. -- as you talk yet an article talking about you know I know it's -- yet you've had a article in the and espn.com about how. A Major League Baseball should consider rules for relievers -- something that it is a category that coach should fall into. Well I I don't think that he had you know that he's not being gambled that are stated popped to mind because they think they've done you know good job -- regulating him but I think through the years and and who you can back me up on this. You know for example the Yankees -- you know during the time to Joseph Torre the manager and he ran two right -- relievers. Yeah at Blake like they wrote about the like they were paper towel and he would hit the same guy over and over and over again and and you know guys like Paul I want troll and Scott Proctor. Would just be run through and Johnny ventures. Led Major League Baseball and appearances in 2011. Among the leaders in 2000 and. And he hadn't pitched in two years and I -- -- a veteran players inning. We've got to come up with some of these rules to protect some of these guys because the -- relievers is. You know take the ball when you're asked to take the ball and it did some managers who -- regulated some managers are really good. Protecting relievers like Buck Showalter the Orioles a lot of managers still don't don't pay attention that stuff. Buster -- from ESPN and espn.com. Bust Durham and are masking a forecast here and maybe unfairly so what I'll do it anyway. The biggest name a starting pitcher that the Boston Red Sox will acquire via free agency or trade this offseason will be. Jamie Shields of the Kansas City Royals look I think he just fit in so many ways. Number one means that I don't think peace because of his agent nick he's 33 at that today. He's not gonna take command such a long term deal that it would go beyond the comfort level of John Henry and nobody was talking about investing in the long term deals. He's got a great American League east history he's a guy who's capable of leading -- staff and helping the Red Sox really transitioned to bring in the younger pitchers. If -- don't think I -- think about that too busters are doing or give a guy 3031 a five year deal are you worried about the last three years right 333435. Up. And once she'll once Lester -- it goes off the market shields is a very very good pitchers targeted people think and again like 1112 million bucks. I thought -- gonna become a pricey high teens in that range for three years you are acquiring 333435. -- the -- two years. -- I didn't want -- Jon Lester. I totally agree -- -- knew it -- that he's going to be expensive I think he's gonna wind up being. Something in the range of what date yet you know habitat for John Lackey I ain't gonna be eighteen to twenty million dollar a year. I think the losers in this sweepstakes for four or scherzer and for Lester are going to be involved and that's gonna drive the price up. Which again and reinforces what I think we all believe that the Red Sox really blew this in spring training because they're just not a lot of guys capable leading up. Lastly buster just doing a quick scan if things -- received your analysis gives us he can give an opinion but you look at the guys the Red Sox shipped out of the trade deadline will say what one bad start for Lackey one bad start for Lester. One bad outing for Miller and for the most part Jake Peavy pitched into the sixth and seventh with fairly quality innings it looks like most the teams that took the Red Sox talent at the trade deadline are happy they did it. Yes and I was just around the Oakland Athletics over the weekend. And they have been playing well and they made that trade and there's a lot of second guessing going among their fans about whether or not it was the right -- -- to trade for but. You know talking -- Bob Melvin in the and the other people -- the athletic they love Lester in fact. I I hadn't heard this story till the weekend you guys he's got Kazmir having success apparently. Kazmir learned -- cutters from Lester -- Lester was still the Red Sox were just walked up too many outfield that day. Can show me that cutter and and that's been part of the reason like cats -- has been so good. Are up and Oakland at pitching coach Curt Young told me that -- you been tremendous with -- teammate. I know Saint Louis -- really happy Lackey I think everyone is curious about what's gonna happen that that contract for next year. But your right all those guys are thriving elsewhere and I do you think Andrew that was going to be one of those guys to an October. He's gonna show everybody just how good he can be working for Buck Showalter is so great running the ball out. Buster thanks a bunch we will talk to next week we appreciate coming on. Yet -- buster buster only from ESPN and espn.com. What.