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Ben Cherington: Trade was a total team effort

Aug 27, 2012|

Dennis and Callahan were joined by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to discuss the details that went into their blockbuster trade with the Dodgers. Ben chats about if he was shocked that the Dodgers took on so much salary, did they celebrate after the trade went through, and who might be on the Sox radar in the offseason. He also mentioned what the trade means to their offseason plans, what those plans will be, and what this move means to Bobby V's future.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Welcome back our number three Dennis and Callahan joining us on the AT&T hotline the general manager of the Boston Red Sox -- -- in -- morning about how aria. I don't open to listening or reading this weekend or today but it's almost 100%. Acclamation about this trade Adam's gonna start of this band. I'm stunned. Stun the Dodgers took on all that salary where you. Well I think there are a lot of motivation on their part. That are that are socially are obviously. -- Are sent to them not to them a lot of that was what they're trying to do it. Build a business other -- -- -- I can understand that motivation route and I'm trying to think of the flight and ground out there and but I can't really speak. Every you know. -- -- you -- they obviously felt like. This meant that some attitude and doubt we -- the escrow. In a press conference you said the -- was not about anything these players did or didn't do here or did wrong. But frankly wasn't the climate and the perception of Beckett a signal that his time here. Needed to come to an end. Well you know I felt like. Does that publicly that I and some of criticism of them as they're out -- and you know I think. But reform replied -- I think you do. This year they're the amount that you -- are better. Them for the most part really -- -- and certainly. Earlier hit an -- great pitcher -- and on the mount he. But I you know I I felt like. -- Criticism of was just got too much and expecting me that made it harder for them. -- you -- to -- -- or at the level or format. You know it's possible that you know this this. And a fresh start and the right there are. Then I believe this is the greatest trade Red Sox history and and you pull -- off you should take a bug you should be thrilled he should be excited. Tell me when. It when was that moment where -- hearts jumped a little bit you said. Oh my goodness we might actually be able to do this was it when Gonzales made it to the Dodgers -- on the waiver wire. -- our first businesses. As early as a team effort better. Stop -- the team effort we're giving you all the credit today than when we have we have it Larry credit when he's doing but today I want to I want you to take a buyout -- just pulled this. It's incredible I don't understand how you do it I really don't. I don't boring but it and there really mr. baker ilk that. The operative effort that was. Are our area where there are there a lot of our city at different levels to the doctors back for them. Yeah Al Malik we are about it and -- you know the waiver process at that. The land that landed him what. In -- when doctors. -- -- -- Where the work. There are all through but yet probably. Really look oh really looked back court. I felt like. To just after. Dot. Dark -- that it -- that he'll only justice. What we do and so are we -- With this that block. But -- So when the Dodgers make the claim you know -- interest that you knew before that that they were interest that -- Adrian Gonzales correct. Holy -- you have -- build soccer at dodgers' first several months. Early and Jenrette as a part of -- we knew they had a lot of certainly that. Require. So right there from there you say what can they do for us I mean you can and then they want Gonzales they're gonna get Gonzales the claim them on waivers. You know you can make a deal what can we do what can they do for us. And -- for is your first thought and rather than looking at the prospects are there plans. We need in a -- over that flexibility -- leave you know let's see if they'll take Beckett let's see if they'll take Crawford is that how went. Yeah -- you know our direction -- it felt like in order. Or systemic. Yeah it yet certain parts are back. At certain. So. It would deliberately duped -- the extra mile and that was you know -- -- that -- -- that we agree that our outlook. That in the fox. Would you do accomplish both. And all go to. I was there ever a high five moment when you and Larry and John Henry was ever. You know we did it and let's anomaly known them a break in of champagne but. Where you -- guys looked at each other and said I cannot believe we did this I cannot believe. That we got out from under all these deals. Well wait yeah -- where Saturday or. So. So. And I think it I think what is. It really is in an -- That. Works cited. Do we can do this opportunity to that you know again it. We're happy about but it did that all that abuse here it is. It will be here is how well copper. -- As everything lead deet tails of this remarkable trade ban on semi soft -- the Dodgers resistant to anything you wanted to do. You know they're out back or. You know other than we have or we didn't. Like what it looked. He never never get there on it but we're. You know or where it to know. -- -- It's. But -- -- -- double. Start if there -- -- to get started birthday party at certain. We had a more players that -- these. You know hopefully we. At issue. -- -- The upper -- Oh well this is another. Note that sort. Rebuilding our coaching staff and yeah. A large part of it is. A low. Figure as an -- Or. Are you excited about this it's not exactly a blank slate but a much much less crowded slate which will allow you to do some things in and really put you were. Imprint on this team -- Well I'm excited about where the outburst all -- we've got a victory for ourselves. And couple -- her -- or injured right now I'll go to -- -- here. I feel like we have. Or sound we can build around him and don't really. So we're not so our you know our feet. We've removed and now its power and flexibility. So we have a lot of our -- And the it'll it'll be exciting. Find it problematic that that or are. Smart in doing it you know it's just. Don't try they'll pull -- in order to also look we gotta. China built in and do it our students are Lleyton Hewitt in a way that reflects. What we believe. Yet you also used the term disciplining your -- commerce a number of times seven what does that mean when you say discipline as you assemble this baseball team give some examples then. Got our current who art there's more I think accurately. Our higher. Outlook and how we. -- got the decision -- -- -- our our best. You know despite the -- -- cowboy up. Adult forum Eric -- About -- -- been -- -- we. I would make the work we are on strike. -- -- -- -- -- Late this baseball. Air force. You know more to the players out the and -- it off. Academy we've got to make decisions that that the that there -- -- there's simply. Are its value. It you see value in trade that that -- -- -- players where. They're all a large they're all agree that our. All. Broad market. Wherever that Errol. We got to make the most of that error or at that it is we. You know we can -- on that they'll take anymore chances. Another bite. Honorary. Threats are ultimately. Or early march that it -- Is there a like a white board in your office with with names on the names that. You've targeted and and you can't talk about other teams play at the just say that that the that the Rangers had a guy it was almost -- his contract when he was a superstar. Potential Triple Crown winner with some off field issues. Would he be on your radar heading into the off season. Well -- got to look at area and certainly we're. Yeah that we had several hours they. -- is. Not that we might you know all he either. -- -- as you know or that is so orchestrated. Oh at the we start that process early earlier -- right at the deadline -- it up and -- it changes. But there -- so opportunity to pursue -- I'm there yet out but an enemy you know the fact that we. The Bartlett. Earthquake that -- -- we may need to -- -- -- it over. Or their own position. Rather then to are what -- so. But the important that we do out. Bill like we we we want it built out. And couldn't. We know a lot of a lot of arts. But it it's but. They're. But yet the -- What city. Be. It Q letter that. Look or just after it. You have -- you know he just said there definitely gonna Josh. I heard it -- and you are going after Josh Hamilton. Yeah oh well they're they're out there that are. What we thought we need to do is. He sure that it's the it's currently. Yeah yeah it. Larry -- -- that the order something or -- -- epic accurate -- -- but it won't play you know sort of back and let our. So. But we're we're we -- not in our. What's the internal discussion -- on somebody like Jacoby Ellsbury whose names come up on the radio program and on the radio station quite a bit the last couple weeks what's. What are the two approaches from the three approaches that your discussing about Jacoby what do you think that how -- how -- play out. Well. We know our Larry he be. Those. Where -- require officers. Are obviously there are really eat that the you -- here. -- I've got. Any sort of -- Back here or their. But you know sure it opiates -- do that. You know I had here the several players -- we get back here bright red or straighten -- out there. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Or not. Looking to date that. App per year out in front of that -- the -- Are who are support. Or -- -- yet -- that -- OP BOR. -- whose job was it to get the the and green light from Beckett and from Crawford all of whom. Could've thrown a monkey wrench into this did you have the call back and say would you be OK with the deal -- 105 guy. You OK with this and did you worry that either one would -- -- Yeah what. For. All. Are all or all of that and there. You never now. What reaction and he. -- -- -- Good credit could not so well. You know that it is the way -- let it's so close. Let you are right here. Here's here's. We. That they are. And eat it prayer or there. But -- that are. That you consider it. Well a they -- that. It was. The right. Was Crawford was Crawford still medicated when you did this was east. That. You know we all thought that they are literally just got surgery. I got back there. And that are out credit by that -- Experience. Really am a very -- I was very gracious way. Yeah they'll put the process you know it it works. That or -- I don't believe I accurately all. It LA able. We'll do well there. There are now there are about. A surgery that. You -- very art. We felt it was a year -- workers are. No -- at all. Doctors. You acquired -- Does this trade and the slight reinvention may be better than slight greater than slight -- reinvention of this this clubhouse increased the chance. The Bobby Valentine returns for second -- contract as manager next -- been. I don't think Israel and do it. Are you or hurt our -- you know. We felt like. There -- Built -- act like they're proud of our. -- -- -- probably not. -- later yesterday here. Today here the next that work. Relegated to. Our. That out though we -- -- what are. We yourself. -- there that separate or well I don't think that the managers should be. Evaluated. His arm where losses except to go. You know more or spoke start. Well over here and be productive as possible about I have a lot are the opt out. And that industry don't -- to some degree others think that. We like to try to get dark and we whether about it players certain positions Alter. But it is indeed. Help. Foremost thought and Nazis and then also. That it. Yeah are practically. Where are active. In -- track. -- Their mind. About -- help. Surely there but it -- It's helped -- possible and yet here or -- A lot out and that's their focus right now up about their. Our -- -- -- to talk about the players to be named later -- of those four prospects -- -- Webster -- and -- Della -- -- you think might have super stardom in their future. Erratic in part about the players litter but -- so. -- back to doctors and at that job. -- You know outfit that -- our our. He ought to be. -- Superstar you -- a label but we still like. We have we have we are so. At -- You heard it. There on the road and April 23 I don't know but. Now we -- -- -- -- upper level. Depth but our. Put it this area. How does that dynamic every three game suspension for a service itself out. How public -- involved. -- also you know. Things happen. Friday. That we felt. Or actually are part. It ever really answer for the most part but -- years -- how much he liked it or at. Really. That. That they're. App -- He felt that happened we thought or action. Felt like. Certainly. What we expect her error. Like to order. Maurice. And this. It wasn't acceptable. It. That understand that there. They'll be an opportunity for. Get back on. You know as we talked about what that's neat. To take you out. -- just curious here Ben have you heard from -- yet and if so what would we have to say that he congratulate you. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It'll be here or. Obviously together for. You know all all or most or all. Years. And they are obviously. The latest deal. You know reality. Now that will work that we gather. Or delay or it. Are you. Is -- but he. You know. -- -- -- You know got a chance. If Egypt -- -- it. Was anybody in in the front office he said it was collaborative any of the collaborators. Were more resentment against this deal. It. I thought it looked up at that and. Start are you sir I don't mind. Us through that bit surely she now. I was you know it. And as we get further our closer. You know. You know. Where are. -- -- to their. Yeah pay your payroll the beginning of the year was 19 reported that it was the second highest. In baseball won seventy some might believe -- -- -- very -- All of 190s will it be that high at the start of next season. You know yeah we know that we. Resources we go to work are gonna -- -- that. Our chances there. We are. You know -- we insist. -- -- -- you know he got it certainly is isn't that -- -- they. Certainly over time. We're gonna have the ability. You know. -- -- all of them are. Out yet but are more significant departure -- -- it but I don't know what that number's going to be. Back here. Will be largely. A function of what opportunity for them the letter and we're gonna do that we're -- -- about it up and you know what you are -- But a question for me Ben will David be shut down for the season today and if not why not I wouldn't see any value of risking that just haven't while their. Play up street meaningless and come back guilty next year. -- you know ultimate decision -- today. Did it. So I haven't sort. At this issues chilies that our our our. -- He eat he can keep their -- do they are on the field -- but it is bothering. We don't believe -- -- -- -- That early and long term but it is it is right now. -- block the -- also are adults that are our most durable players every every are. Possible out there or not. Some are for our organization. Do the right. Decision out of players Eric. -- -- would happen there -- it's got to look. Authority. Yeah. Protect Arum yeah. Do it straight and it looked out at that or are what -- we. -- sure that we protect players. But -- about possible. Help position. -- -- -- year as starter David. I have. Yet here that we are critical. Back and we want to make sure that we -- it is or C four. Well congratulations. Again to you then one last question John is very excited to dice k.'s Mickens and a turn today. Are good seats still available or is this game sold out today. You do well a whole extra. -- Goes over you are so I have a -- Ready yet -- that -- get up early yeah yeah no -- They quickly final for me so it's sold out or not sold out. That is today sold out. Are there are sold out -- not -- well otherwise. Hello yeah -- -- out here are. -- For the red letter -- 34. -- 33 34 games. Is it important to evaluate young people almost like an extended -- -- spring training and see as much of these young people you possibly can -- Yeah I mean I think we need to do. -- we decked out. Bit earlier and also. It'll -- -- -- so the balance but the -- We have an opportunity. To find out. Or about certain that. And better in -- are already out. There. Our Ben congratulations again thanks for the conversation greatest trade in history -- down the road. Jerry and general manager Boston Red Sox on AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LT you know what we. Always say if we applaud Belichick from being in a bloodless and emotional. Isn't that when things are working out and they are this week in that seem like what the reflects the bench Eric and completely unemotional. And just -- -- awaiting. And just doing it sounds like Belichick a -- sounds like it commented like the deal. That was my guy. I'm not a common elements that stupid assistants drugs catholicism bad trade you could meet the greatest trade. In Red Sox history and I think then. Is is but -- act for us I think he's well known -- area and he's idiot you smile and I think when he mixes on what you want him back but -- in essence this is like the greatest. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is don't you evaluate these guys and how well you think he'll fit right Austin right now obviously these guys guys like that -- -- three in Lugo. That -- but in true. And Crawford could be the worst that while we sit in the commitment and drink it might do worse than him Greinke is so bad that they're not even gonna -- -- -- you can -- and time. That's a good that's. That's a great thing Josh Hamilton no I don't think. You know media and -- is a problem -- so little demons which antiques market your team which is why he's not gonna get goals money. He's you know gonna get little list as everyone is a little concerned -- how long he can keep it between the lines. An ace and he's got some miles on him he's he's lived hard odd -- phone lines open -- talk -- you meet April sport slash DOC should it.

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