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Mike Hazen, Red Sox Assistant GM

Dec 6, 2012|

Mike joins Kirk, Alex and Ian Browne on the Hot Stove show where he talks about the winter meetings, goes over the Red Sox recent signings and discusses trades vs talent development.

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It's not -- showed 937 WEEI. Turkmen hand Alex beer. Ian -- it is raiders Broncos in the AFC west battle. Al pitcher in Q that's an appointment by the way that's spread. Mean what's that was -- -- -- picked -- -- The spread a point. Joining us now in the AT&T hotline is the assistant manager of the Boston Red Sox Mike he's -- Mike it's -- out to the and in Boston or use him. Are you and you escaped from the opulent hotel you've gone you know a lot of other. We have exited the bio -- Pretty fresh -- into the first and 72 hours down the Fort Myers now. This is part. Mike is perfect to show as you well know is sponsored Al -- who delete county border bureau of tourism so you tell you looking around right now give us this picture blu sushi right my. It's beautiful yet blu sushi standing outside it's actually starting to rain on. Regret my decision to actually do -- -- not my hotel -- girls are a lot it's a pleasant sounds. Yes I'm gonna run for cover probably some points and you can start pouring in any moment. But yet in solar powered down and take a cartel I think tomorrow. Jungle who told me about that some kind of tent city that set up -- -- jetBlue park we believe that's like it would shoot out tomorrow. The groceries or you're down there obviously here in Nashville all this past week at least you know talk to us is as much as you -- as much detail as you can hear. But the three players seem like you have added to the team here. At the winter meetings. Yeah I mean look obviously not been done yet everything still pending physical. You know but we. You know we we -- Off. Into the offseason we certainly at -- -- the -- evidenced by the end of the 2000 policies and most notably -- number. And -- You know we re. Sort of looked at the creator landscape and trading landscape and talk to -- reading the paper to start to get to start to move. That we we wanted to natural things -- a lot quicker on some fronts you know I think are some of the free agent goes to position players. You know we targeted some guys that we felt really -- our ballclub. We targeted two guys from make a point popular stamp or. From a still import on based -- on cases defensive ability flexibility. Versatility in some cases. You know we we don't started though. Starting to come together now there still other areas of the club the other areas of the market that haven't moved as quickly dropping the pitching. The pitching side I think still hasn't really emerged as the scene could be you know from -- perspective but things are always very complicated. Because you know you need other participants were created you know really not a participant. Lawless. And and and create but he on the street I think pitcher that would really seemed to move all that much yet I don't know. Eighteen to waiting for some of the big Chris Paul or before they get in that some the other -- -- or the other at all from together and move forward. You know the over. Sort of a consensus around here I think with people like Napoli. Some people myself included are not sold on victory -- you look at thirteen million a year Mike for a guy who. You know you look at the numbers against. Right handed pitching his his is career on base percentage is 330 is a slugging his. Or to the last threes have been even worse. I guess my question -- you look at victory no offensively. -- guys were thirteen million dollars a year. Hey look I think -- you can look at almost any situation that you know and you know it's it's it's. You know it's easy to kind of you know -- hold some of those things. As you look yet and and look we we can we can debate that everyone has -- their opinion and teaching law differently. I think when you get engaged in a free agent contact. Winning the winning bidder is is the markets that are if you don't set the market in in a particular. That particular area. You don't -- you know get the player. And granted look. Everyone of us or does it set out on some of these endeavors to stock agents. And get the below market deal or not you know -- are Smart choice and you know no brainer. That the that'll that'll that does go -- -- itself. I think sometimes you know nobody -- quicker and sort of move slower. I think one of the situation where we find ourselves today. And in this particular offseason is you know we have a lot of things to do. We have a lot of holes so as evidenced by 93 losses. And yet you all those things one day. And sometimes the market move quicker on some guidance on dug a little slower and other areas retreats haven't really developed. And you you know look the markets the markets solidify the belt to where you know the range that you're gonna have to go in on certain guys. And you -- you want -- guy you know. And then. And then all actually if you you know -- as saying our -- not to do that. Is that you're starting to having no other option are going to be okay what other options now in Iraq and get the player. We're gonna do to fill that hole where you gonna go. And you're gonna start to shrink the -- all the the -- a lot of treaty on. And structured to create a -- These are relying -- trades are relying on that now law free agent pool. Your choices start to become not as clear for for the direction you -- And so you know. Sometimes you make that choice and I think you try to stick to some core values -- what you're trying to do. In creating context. You know if that from a year import from from. And that sort of a lot but he in in in where we wanna be you know all thirteen and then 2015 and sixteen and beyond. That's -- you make some of the choices you do look look what happened we think you know. Like I said no deal has been done with. -- during help but a player like that. You don't like we like the ability to bounce back you know we think there's some upside to -- -- ballpark. Scouted players at the player heavily. You know so we like a lot of things to bring the table certainly there's a lot of strength that are brought the table and you know other areas of the game. -- -- Mike I am curious about the the profile of the guys who you're nearing deals with -- with the caveat that of course none of these deals -- official. Obviously you know you and Ben are are at at your heart kind of player development people who like to see you know young talented cores. You know. With these signings you have you these signings or three guys -- were all in their thirties is there any concern combined with like adding the Ortiz is in the bonuses that. You know fit age might be an issue for the roster is being constructed perhaps you know whether with the weather from the performance side or from the injury side. Well I mean look that's that's that's a liar -- -- -- to accumulate debt. And and that more often than not is not their mid thirties. Sometimes it is in -- -- is not complete by any stretch -- initially -- lot of work. A lot of pieces that need to be added to the roster but will answer some of the questions I think. Secondarily. Know that area of depth that we out that's going to be on the future of the of the franchise so to speak the everyday players the guys that are in the upper -- now that are. That are just getting to be a minor league some that have been air but some that are just getting there. Not gonna say. The time I think a year from now you know we're going to be staring at a completely different landscape some of these younger players. It's a little players -- starting integrating on assisting those players are going to be here all next year and BR. I think the second piece Stewart is when young players it's the big leagues they don't just help it and do it. Price Chopper in my truck did work for that matter will -- It -- it happen LA you know apple app. It didn't happen with -- It is now -- your credit. You know it it it it is apple L a little bit in the first year when he first sort of a sort. It that you can't always rely on these guys as good players and they are the job then. And be able to perform at the level that they're gonna sustain throughout their career. Right away. So and so they naturally because -- at the beginning while they're going to -- additional case. And then they move on to the club the everyday player I mean they're still gonna be a little window there where. You know we're looking at 2013. Putting a really good team and that answer is -- little players that we're targeting -- -- that question. And then by the time. You start making that transition 1415. Here -- those other guys that are are couple minor league system on the got a required last summer applause we got well we got we draft recently. And that's gonna become the core of the team moving. I'm with regard one thing that -- it's fascinated me you know with that with the you know with a near with the agreements not final deal with Victorino. I'm how much did you view outfield defense as kind of a way in which you could make a considerable impact in improving. From what you had in 2012 to helping the pitching staff and when he thirteen. We have we're always looked at right field short art is. As an extremely difficult position apply it probably the most typical right field all of baseball will always talked about the concept of having. You know center fielder playing right field. At some level under so much ground between Lou -- senator and the and the right she'll file line. That that we need guys out there that can really defend and play. You know -- that doesn't -- spent. On not having offered the players if you wanna do that we go to Tibet minor league defender you -- moderate fields as normally. And without Jerusalem and you would have been great out there. Yes he can go figure your best smarter people are not ready to hit but their chances and look at the -- and you're sick about there and you know look we saw that -- and ended September 2012 when a pullback there. You know I think adding quality Major League player albeit understand that there's going to be some you know some question on. You know what it takes to get that player and in what particular -- there I will say that -- you know the market is not wash list. All the players and saying you know if you don't sign them on the free agent. In the create a context it is you know out you don't talk of the block before or not that are used are relying on trade the drill hole. The block because what see the actual price become exorbitant you know make a trade. Because they start getting it to not just away dollars you're talking about links players. And those players again for the future. Underneath player and you know when you have players of the upper -- early -- don't ask for the players -- the lower moderately after a player be a liar because those at a -- they want. Clearly a closer look at least they're gonna happen. We are relying on trade when you -- -- the -- minor -- -- -- look at all over the last seven years. Thought that the lower sometime -- They go to the upper level player initiative -- wanted to the -- for you know a lot of resources. It Mike are things that strikes are you mentioned trades as you know I feel -- some of the moves you made -- some of the potential moves he made it. Not go to start to build some surplus in certain areas and a team that might. Makes you more flexible the same make it trade him to address the starting pitching all they guys you know you guys out -- in another starting pitcher you feel it. Eventually could build enough ships were Wear -- make it easier trade for a pitcher. Yeah I mean Obama a conscious decision that is like all the fallout from any specific one positions airport at this point all you know we're. Target guys are targeting Gaza we like we're trying to go to those guys. The best of our ability certainly are opened up avenues in the future to look at things because -- now Buick from position to strengthen the position of weakness. Not only to those additional weakness. You know that week if that we're talking about it is you -- your -- consists of the -- -- -- that earlier the guy that Avian thirty that the Major League level of hurt. Relying on the guys that are playing -- become and in -- -- -- -- A towel on the roster gonna help you make the playoffs. Not that simple and so look we're in addition certain areas that we do I. Nothing nothing it's certainly imminent on on any front right now you know those sort of things emerge. I think the other thing you can look at the roster and some of the areas of deserves it and flexibility within certain position right now. That sort. In the cases that we're talking about -- not relying on the minor league guys and early tomorrow if somebody were to get hurt I think. You know if if something were to happen you know first base DH what you'll. Now we're a lot more covered guys are probably take over all those roles that we need be important that we still a lot of decisions to -- the team. But that's an area of what you call surplus -- -- -- And an area up. Red Sox -- -- manager Mike hazing joins us here in the highest social Mike were you part of that secret not a secret meeting which Russia and with the Monday it was just Farrell and turn it. I would not part of part of India and any meeting I got to I get it back in the in the room and received text messages from the some of -- beat writers -- None named brown horse year. While I reported that what I ate for lunch what I had thought the everything and they repeatedly checked in on what was going on. What you digest well they work with Hamilton I guess or you know -- Hamilton type. You know obviously you read these reports now and I understand philosophically you're trying to move away from 56 and your -- agree with that. Is it when you look at Hamilton now for just for instance a guy play like that you would go three years in a go really really highs -- some the guys are still looking. I can't talk about an -- typically -- relate to I guess it's. I -- I think look I think I think a look at that have already been reported. Should -- a fairly clear. In some cases fairly clear messages to which direction we're moving I think you know they were -- -- -- with option at all the other free agents. All you're -- -- you don't know how the market you're gonna develop you don't know you know. Sometimes you have a clear understanding of what order for some odd adult and we think gays and all the things that are as the market sort of mood and present itself. You know you'll have your choice to get any -- out. Arctic we believe heavily strongly that that we're able players that's coming up. Over the next two or three years. Starting next year and moving into the next two -- three year is is the core of this teen -- forward. You know we ought to -- impact count anyway we can because 2013. As important any other year. You know we like bench that I mean he said -- -- -- doesn't want a little bit more disciplined intelligent about how we're executing on that strategy. Make sure that you know we're we're where we're not sacrificing either short -- long term. As the -- Operating. -- always are aren't you survived he did it Mike thanks for your time you -- earthquakes and our our. That's Mike -- Red Sox this is general management system. It should --

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