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Ben Cherington talks Mike Napoli and team personnel

Jan 10, 2013|

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joins Kirk, Rob and Alex and offers what he can about the Mike Napoli talks, the status of team personnel in comparion to this time last season and the teams plans as pitchers and catchers draw closer.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

So hot stove show WEEI joining us now in the AT&T hotline AT&T four GLT the speeds up to ten times faster than three GAT and T rethink possible. Is venture that -- and manager that what's going on. Good so I guess what -- ask is what people are wondering about is there any new. Updates here in the Mike Napoli situations we are today I think a -- you're bent 326. And Mike Napoli that. That part of the show vs the communities that doesn't think this. No there's nothing to update. You know were. -- -- and -- knows we've been one of our -- sox' offseason listed. At office at first base and we have an annual. Could do that especially hatton and you know we're stop talking. And when you're talking there's hope that there's a resolution but. But they're pouring out. -- would you say you're talking you're still talking to Napoli right now currently right now there are negotiations going. We were we've had dialogue you know. It's that's one of those -- -- perspective might then the process and I'm not gonna get into detail. You know work. When when whatever where we're talking and is dialogue where you know means we're we're hopeful of it was -- on them but we just don't know they have also will see I was -- you know. I mean if if you knew it was gonna drag up this long would it have changed your approach to the first base market at all around -- time when you win. This is reported that this deal was agreed on. I'm not cherry. It's I think you have to. You have to play good in the offseason and yet you on the adjust off with a we have. Adjusted in some ways this off season. There's some things that we did that we weren't necessarily. Planning on doing we're focused on the -- in the offseason. Those. We've been consistent in saying that we'd like to add some offense at first -- would still like to. We obviously had a you know targeted. Targets on the deposition early in the offseason. Well Serwer so hopefully you know some other. So that being the case I mean with Adam LaRoche for instance now being off the market you know other Lance Berkman is now off the market. Are you do you still see ways in a in -- Napoli world of you know just hypothetically of adding the offense -- you -- seeking at that position so that you're you can be say above average offensively at first base. Well you know. Until something done. You have to. You have to consider other options -- and so we had to do that and he's continued that. Consider other ways to do. Improve the team whether it's the first base or elsewhere and that's what we just you know haven't. Found anything it made sense to us in the in this sort of big picture. And so that's where we are in and I don't know the -- there's so there's no one particular. Player that. That's. Available or not available that you know what is. That was -- You know changed the course of our offseason -- Registry you know examining diving thing is that common. But certainly when you have something internally out of position trying to. Improve on. Until it's improved upon. You have to continue to consider other options and is you know is there to say disease into it deeper in the -- free agent. Free -- start go off the -- and so unique look at trades and other ways to do things. But. It remains. Focus and we're still hopeful that we can. It's something. And prove ourselves in that area only for Myers. At this point is the only up forty man roster member who is. We would consider a potential first baseman -- on the Major League team moral governments. -- You know can play there. You know we've talked about. -- -- -- outside of the outside of this conversation about. The monopoly we've talked about looking at some other guys there at that position we've talked about. Different ways to look at the opposition but. You know as a as a currently stand -- would. Gomez again we've we've leader and lead in the bat at least he did he can help us. And -- The federal we do -- it will be you know in spring training and and in about the first baseball sued him. Just suggest would go must be one of those guys you -- throw. Potentially getting some reps over there. We're not we're not there aren't any certainly wouldn't. Wouldn't talk about. You know experimenting with a -- that position until we -- the player himself and Anders and there's. There's certainly that does a good chance we won't ask enablers did that but. Simply adding that because. It's our job. Consider all options when. When we have a an area that return improvement then. Yet or we're hopeful Leo knew that before reform. And you wanna keep talking about Mike Napoli brought him to subtitle I think throw it with Annika -- -- here for at the -- going for -- -- starting first baseman aside is there any other positions that you're looking to address on the Major League roster. Hewitt talked about back -- first baseman outfield flexibility. Additional starter anything's really jumps out -- being a priority. With a pretty good about where we are we've we've try to improve his many parts of the rosters can this offseason. I would expect that we would. There would be some additions. Major League camp whether that's roster non roster means you -- But I expected at some. Some competition to. They usually camp before we get to Fort Myers guys that are. That you know that that are not with a -- out yet to be -- some additions but. I think. And most of the heavy lifting has probably done. You know it still pretty did about. The option we have -- you know most -- -- roster. Red Sox general manager ventured to joins us on the hot stove show I don't want to ask you actually got them in the throwing a curve ball here. If the how serious -- discussions or they get series have always Josh Hamilton all the we've talked you since that point. Was it mean we -- we heard drew met with him a serious that the talks get with him than it did against yours. We we didn't you have been. We had you know. He gets. Handful of conversations. You know he's that he used terrific talent certainly. You know and here. Talking about a player of that caliber. There's question as fit whether it's the right fit for the player for the team and then questions. Contract and dollars and that particular want it to just. It didn't it didn't quite lineup and all the stars in the line on the island. For us and we felt like. You know we felt like it was worth going to the exercise we enjoyed getting to know Josh and I had -- and a couple deep conversations but ultimately. You know he he found the right fit for. Ben I'm curious the right now the state of kind of starting pitching depth is very heavy is very heavy on prospects guys who are considered to have high ceilings like -- Della Rosa and Alan -- stir. You know guys -- Chris Hernandez are there going to be -- depth options do you feel like there's need to get to get someone with greater Major League experience to. To kind of offer insurance to the big league rotation. That's an area look at. Between now and spring training and perhaps even during spring training. If we can add some depth. You know we will we will do so so -- Considering some things that are not opinion minute. And it you know it's it's one of those things that. If you look at Eddie -- this spring training. You know what Woolsey is there's still some guys out there so. If we can at some depth in that area we do we do you think where. You know quite a bit ahead of where we were twelve months ago in terms of some of the internal guys that you mention not just two guys you mentioned the others that are. Are pushing we think we'll have. Some some better options that are -- emerging. He ready to be viable. Starting starting rotation depth is not. At the very beginning of the season certainly during the season and the green added that was a little more extension. Experiences -- We may try to do. Obviously in preserving those guys amigos are considerable assets to have in your farm system. There's been some speculation that you guys were very reluctant to move kind of be higher and prospects in your system this offseason. Is is that accurate or were they are scenarios that you guys were visiting potential trade avenues that you are exploring that that might have. Opened the door to trading some of your kind of elite prospects. We have got to really believe and and in and know that. From my standpoint in terms of building team not just for one year but it's over a longer. Summarizes it it sure is I able to have. Young players with the ability to make an impact. The pencil in two -- to a spot here and there and Illinois do you Estes has you know keep. As much as they have -- camp to to get the guys that. Yeah I really believe it and you know we had a couple guys. -- kind of get their foot in the door last year Ron Brooks and we expect that continues then certainly there is pitching. You know those those no doubt would like to. It would like to find the next generation. Lester of course you know -- And yet now valuable that was the Red Sox when when we can he can break those guys into the rotation need we need to start again. And more often and continually do that to have. A number of options. The number of guidance. Vying for those those jobs. That that is always the there's there's all there's a deal that. Words justifiable to give up you know the prospect -- -- really good -- And there are some we kicked around the corner we just. This -- this -- anyway haven't didn't -- down on the made -- -- too quick to potter number one David Ortiz. -- what's his status in the second part is just. -- is there anyone on the Major League roster who was going to be limited coming out of the game spring training. I think is certain general -- -- your question is there anybody who is. You know in in any -- limited at the end of the season. We will keep you know -- -- kept it very close eye on this offseason. It was doing very well. -- certainly. You know spend more time you know where is it ever -- to Fort Myers get a get a really good pitcher where there aren't we need to take mister Gallo with slower. You know investors. But this year with a lot of strength training. Do -- WBZ is the you have more time. A little more time again he can afford that. If he can afford to be a very long ago or if you have to. That's Cedric now we we don't have any. -- had any plans to it would do well David included. Or -- road -- four times. Let me ask you this -- I don't -- non answer your -- a real answer. If that was ventured -- hall of fame belt like who's on there. You know the had I don't have an answer to that if you are committed themselves. Put a little. Polian let in this is that if this is quite the ballot here asking about that. I didn't play -- should be off -- -- -- and you know -- to see him get. More considerations through the veteran's committee certainly part of that but. I think he's -- Evans were playing today -- The stats are very much agree greater appreciation -- All the things you don't dwell on it and my hope is that time and see that too. I agree I agree with that and so now -- your ballot for this all things. That. I thought I was the -- that knowing it and with bella yeah I would hope that. About you guys wrote about this year potential was there anyone you most prized that the beginning. I ask you got nine more times he's really good tennis and it is Mike Napoli and first in the balloting in the in the percentage. Them. I was locals surprise that I clinic that was -- Biggio -- of the top two yeah I guess so it'll present. As it. Part and we appreciate your time thanks for joining us from -- suspect mr. till is in -- is that your number I -- club is who's an acquisition over just call the number two proud at the end of some light on your stamp we're probably not -- and -- it's Jon Farrell's and that club. I don't know Scott Boras is not going to be in -- right. Yeah I think well and they wanna -- us -- -- -- go to street or might get -- off sixteen rating last week we if you CS it LeRoy -- headphones on -- -- -- -- meat chicken wings were in business actually there would be very reminiscent of previous years but please do join us for some of those wings are great thanks bent on his luck and thank you. That's venture -- Red Sox general manager it was kind sort offered and each year and -- and meditation was fantastic to you could tell I was I was gonna say yeah -- did one B as I like to another if I never -- we're number two -- until it's tremendous. If -- -- me at three Peter I thought this was not enough time I see Hazen. -- in an effort to --

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