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Rob Bradford addresses the state of the Sox in Early March

Mar 3, 2013|

John Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Rob Bradford to discuss the Sox's loss to the Yankees on Sunday and how much fans should take away from the team's performance at this point in spring training. The answer: not much.

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    Our number two Chris aligning with sports Sunday Sports Radio WEEI 6177797937. Then not all Red Sox some pretty much all Jon Lester threw the first hour lie detectors weighing in on the AT&T tax line on that will get to that just a moment. Out final round of the masters is going on a maturity people. Into getting into what is much science tiger. And without Phil as well he Mickelson showed up I think late Thursday night she flew in and Friday after energy is flied out. With Phil Mickelson. I he had a tough weekend are tough early going Richardson first round in a local guy Keegan Bradley struggled missed But there are some big games of the top the leaderboard some exciting. I young names of the Jordan's BT's twenty years old he's cash to win the masters I he'd be the youngest winner since 1979. LEB younger. Then the tiger was the first time you want it. And one of the things that really stood out to me is speaking with some people were down there this week to cover the toward talks and these young guys and it get back to tiger. The complete and water. Lack of off. Around around Tiger Woods to these guys are too young you think about twenty years old 21 years old with somebody like camera some would like walker. In somebody like Blix the Swedish guys and second right now and he's. He's like 28. You know some of these guys too young to really remember or at least have played with tiger against tiger. When he was hitting level like we never seen before the PGA tour earlier received since Jack. And they look at him now a Zagat shoot 77 on the weekends. Is that cats really contention anymore where is I mean Aaron I'm not old and your and all of you remember when. Final round tigers in the lead it was done forget about it I mean one year in the PGA YE Yang those big shots out late and ended up beating and yet that epic battle with Bob May. I nearly beat him in the PGA but it would for the most part just wasn't close he would get a lead and he was one of the best closers in the we'd seen in the sport. But it's just it's different now that's a different vibe. Around Tiger Woods and it's gone from seemingly a foregone conclusion that he would get to nineteen majors is seemingly foregone conclusion that he won't eat next year. Does play majors this year. Is give forty years old Jack won three. After he needs five Jack won three after forty to two of those were when he was forty and the masters in 986. Was kind of an out Larry's 46 years old. Tiger would be a hall of fame career from here on out five major championship all career to get in nineteen. I think it's interesting not only his fall from grace just as a player. In terms of winning majors the was in my opinion at least the best player on were last year he had five or six wins a torch to win major. But the bigger thing to me is just how some of these younger players perceive him do tiger as a contention it used to be regarded. The average stroke. The average round rather up a stroke in. In in the in the final round on Sundays when tiger was in contention real just kind of melted aged just. Folded around with a few exceptions mentioned Bob revealed in Nickels and it's good battles but. For the most part it was just tiger's world everybody else's playing for second they were on him Ernie Els just not Now is young guys just young enough to cocky enough and don't really remember that at least they didn't play through it. And they're saying how statute 75 on the weekends with what's not ID in the turn now but. I should be upon Sunday Bubba Watson very very likable guy. And I Jordan who were finding out a lot about trying to become the youngest masters winner a long time quick birds update we'll get back to the calls against 617779. 7937. Cordially NC DM IA's doing great to get the good news on him that was definitely a concern that you know DM IAA was. Out I got hit looked like in the that it from I thought it was illegal but not dirty if that makes sense I don't think there was intent to injure there. It was just one of those times you're trying to make a hockey play get the principal point contact up higher and you won it. So I thought it was an illegal hit not a dirty hit but by a help not the that you concussion translated to on the ice Thursday that part we don't know just yet. But Patrice Bergeron it sound like is fine I he missed the third period yesterday that would would have been a huge concern. I outside to go. There's not too many guys you point to and say this more important to the bees and Bergeron two way player in hockey this year. Obvious he's good according to coach Julianne and Chris Kelly looks like still day to day with that back injury so some. Relatively speaking. Minor bumps and Bruce is going into the Stanley Cup Playoffs but you know these guys especially Alec Bergeron if he could be on the ice on Thursday against the red he's going to be there. I HTT tech slide is 37937. It's like grab a few of these real quick a one Dexter says eight times over David Price let Lester walked. While you make Casey price a better pitcher at this stage of his career early younger I can cost more money. And now your bidding against everybody else you've got the cost control guy. Housing cost control we get the guided the under your control rather. The of the exclusive negotiating window with wants to stay here to guide it. As more in depth track record in the post season to sign him. And that point it's not a knock on price and gives great pitcher. But if you're looking at what you can do it even easier than that that will save you some money relative to what price can get on the open market signed last. I know detector can you imagine having Stanton in Boston did it forty plus homers easy architecture from western mass. Two words about prospects Daniel yep they can go hard the other way. I another one here says agree with you order percent top of the rotation guys talk about Lester innings a year post seasons died. Given the cash over five years five for one and should get it done. And out finally is Lester stats are comparable to average career he walked away from 244 million Lester has been better than Homer Bailey and look at the contract. That he just signed a few textures telling me the gets four clocked at. Well evening parade for a UConn for the championships I assume the men and women together out both of them winning the national title. Yes as tougher as Turkey's but happy for Kevin Ollie who now is the next. Hot coaching named to go from college to the end beauty after eight seasons. But undefeated in the NCAA tournament ally guys can say that are at six or 77797937. is in New Jersey he's up next When then. Just try to not cute bit Ali thank you and I can't believe that a low ball. Jon Lester like they don't agree that you like a side impact by one and whatever argument sake. We have been out of my. But you see a lot of contracts for your team that have gone got into the contract stratosphere and some of them have really worked out so well. But for a number like dapper Lester what he's so willing to stay. I agree I was surprised. When I saw what the number was at the end of spring training where the Red Sox know Lester broke off toxin seems like a a low ball contract terms of dollars in a low ball contract thirty years. definitely. god I G I mean lucky probably let out a little bit like that way radio reluctant I had. Yeah I mean yeah I'm with you thanks to the fall being a former yankees fans perspective. They're never shy about spending dollars. That Lester contract is makes sense and I've said this a few times. Because just getting back to this point I do think my gut still tells me they get a Don. Gut feeling they still get this contract done because I hate candidate it player just wants too much just wants to be a Boston too much. You back going to be here at the expense of taking deal it's foolish and a four year seventy to eighty million dollar contract before which. At ball way below market terms years below market terms the average annual There's no upside here it sounded like a Red Sox blown away with a give you four years but here's point six million a year. Which is probably more than you gonna get I guarantee each and every year on the open market that it could at least. I still think Lester would walk away from crystal he'd say no. But I could look at that is saying the Red Sox in good faith effort to try to. Do with last year what they've done with other guys which is over pay an average annual dollars but try to take that discounted terms of the number years seventy. I can't say that. I can't see it as they came under years came under dollars 6177797937. Bill isn't busted up next they've built. They would subject. who visual. You know what about. You guys keep in the world. Could together okay. guys they look at the guys renewed deal if everybody involved. Make him have the option to. Who boarded deals rivals ordered to the guys will. Make it work. So real simple. So three years of his make sure Israelis and three years seventy million. And then assuming he stays healthy another two years at how much. Ordered me at all. That would come out to volley at 5110. About then you know what would actions. YouTube. 120. It was cute guys so. Yeah It it it any guaranteed dollars sport. That that's just not gonna work for the players work for last. Well hope what works right now what made two big guy a two year deal seven million. With a guarantee. Appeared to remain nimble. The two more years of targeted what are enviable. Well let's get. That that that the five year 120 million dollar contract. Where. OK I guess that that's reasonable but I mean you if you're guaranteeing the money that it's not three years in the two years to five years. And yet we could what three years didn't work out three years it will be created numerous believe that you develop very animated. You know. Yeah I mean I like well. I guess I can't get what you in there you know again trial period so to speak at three year seventy million dollar. You know test blown the CP states LP and see if he still producing. The news saying guaranteed fifty million after that which is five for once money. Why would John again you'd think about it okay hometown discount know we heard the operator gets excited about it. to get past the idea of a hometown discount meeting complete insanity. Seventy million dollars even over a three years average dollars a lot of money. But it still. 50% of what can get out in the open market. You know why would I take seventy million guaranteed even for three years when I could just double that six years guaranteed at 140 million. You know six I can get that extra seventy million dollars over three more seasons just to go out in the open market. That would be a great team friendly kind of idea but Lester were being eyed Joseph and Wakefield once the way HL. What they've done so much for the in the you know 78 years. That burning up I don't know are already up at. I agree with UN and the injury concern for me is that they're now we are talking about Clay Buchholz we'd be having added I merely different conversation. But with Lester even a year it was bad in 2012. Still pitch to plus innings. Yeah I mean you don't get a picture wondering about that party and you don't hate you guys brought there get a going to be offered. And I are I think I really like the attitude that you just want the behavior I don't understand why the Internet situation black. We're not talking about giving the guy a 140. I'm not all that with the amount of money more book like the object audit. Well he had I think the Red Sox kind of Hewitt in the regard as well that's why I wasn't completely floored when he said OK if we here opera was the most that they had. I'll put out there by the time they broke off negotiations. But I'd be and neighbor of 400. Yell now and a and a big. Average annual value a Ford seventy for is an opera that you know the players get a that's an opera that it's designed to be turned out. Yeah independent though they looked like but based on the yacht I don't know it. All the the PR stunt getting negative PR because I think I had tickets ridiculous they have any Lester did lie to me if he blocks away at the end of the day. And and the Red Sox look back and in the end flick back and say. And they could of they could negotiate they could out of spring training but the only opera percent beat the teams the only one's gonna look bad that's an. Aerial my opinion darker integrated you know integrated I'm sorry you know it made it. It's the same age and it did Dustin Pedroia has I can't think of his name off my head to similar Pedroia as we negotiated down discounts the This situation it is thought here we cannot I mean update completely done park are now completely. It sounds like till the end of the season got to do have an exclusive negotiating window. Went thanks for the college and they've exclusive negotiating window with Lester. After the season is over and that it's free agency. But you know in my mind even if the Red Sox were come back with a big number in the fall. But it even gets to. Reagents even gets to the point were other teams are our ticketing contracts are offers a Lester you're probably spending more than what you have spent. It just get the deal done now. You just avoid any possibility any any chance did you rate in the another team another suitor and unlike David Ortiz we can't you know we had a debate about Ortiz is going to be even a market that is. And I thought maybe lot of people but absolutely now. That's fine with Lester there's no debate right. I mean when I can debate the fact that it thirty year old going on 31 year old lefty it's starting pitcher with a great post season track records that market. We know that that's the case there's going to be money thrown at this. So you have the opportunity. To not only negotiate exclusively with him up or you even touch or even Free agency. It to get an offer on the table to sign this guy if they're not able losing the player beat. I signing into a deal that maybe goes outside their comfort zone because now they worry about free agency not to worry about other offers them. You could have made a better fate in my mind decide than these reported figures in at these numbers are right you know he's not taking. It's an it's designed to be refused to keep brought out their deceit it's a hit proper. I don't think organ necessarily buy that I think that this mark baseball banner that. That they and as long as you're in line with keeping Lester some cables don't want that at any high price and that's fine that's your opinion I disagree by. It any band that wants Jon Lester back is valued at his team. It and understand just what the market is looking for the seventy's at It's an insult. Text messages committed 37937. AT&T like. Texas is Red Sox have too many pitches in the system they had the upper hand. Now that it's does its thing is too many pitchers in this is have a lot of starting pitching depth they have a lot of potential. As allowed by hope and is better than Jon Lester obese Kerr shot why not. But you know what you have in Jon Lester. You don't know what you have yet Henry and that goes to my point of if you're gonna have some of these cost control pre arbitration arbitration guys up. Lester got the money to do. He could have a a lot of money coming off the books over the next read of where years. Yet a pitcher John Lackey threw for 500000 dollars on next season. In NA and it not a salary cap sport but it sport I care about a 189 million dollar luxury tax threshold for the at least they're from last. I that to take three years the market's already at five to six. years as Lester won't get 140 on the open market I disagree I think he will. I the Texas is give Lester one of these two deals. Or for a hundred or seven and 12611. if the offer candidate for for a hundred then I would say you know the Sox made an effort. They made shots try to sign him and take battled down discounted terms of the year when it for par seventy it. and a few text is going back to a couple calls as a wide world Lester take three year deal and a trial period. We can get five years guaranteed and I completely agree this is an interesting text here get this one before the break. I you know I'm not entirely sure why everyone has the phrase 110 for five I should get it done because he had no idea. What will get it done in theory. Yet that would be a hometown discount. 111 for five years an option six and eight I have no way of knowing. Whether that would get it done so he's looking at 5110. I just keep coming back that number because I look at. What the market would probably and keep going back to guys like Cole Hamels you know reasonable comparable to last year's regular season numbers I see six. In 144. EC 23 and change per year so take roughly that average annual value. 43 in his case it's going to take a year back it five years old hometown discount. But he's not leaving and and the billions of dollars That's why I come back to that number I'll get it done I have no idea what I'd be willing to go to say. 150 over 520 million a year probably. Start pushing diablo or we'll talk. You see what the number but a number I have in mind. And a lot of people have in mind they think 22 million a year twenty to 22 million a year years and college day. Five years a 10210 million dollars 6177797937. The point though I had no idea we don't know. What gets I can tell you this though. Ward seven he doesn't get it on told you that before knowing. That that was the for the Jon Lester turned out we get back to your calls coming up next we'll talk war. 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John -- back we're always happy to be joined by. The excellent rob Bradford of WEEI dot com and on Twitter at Brad told house Galarraga. You -- and rob Bradford you like near you or -- -- to boost me up -- down I'm -- I'm sorry that -- down the weather. But the dog get out good -- it's a decorated ago what. Our -- you always are heroes corner and how much if you're an established baseball guy how much do you read into early spring training when it's veteran pitchers and and and how they perform. A brigadier and those -- -- it's it's march 3. I don't think that the red carpet played even the college game until March 4 last year. And then will I don't read too much into it all either as well as that point car because. It into a little bit of a crutch for pitchers say their work -- -- they are working hard to -- if you're working on golf in the end of February early march. Continue work on. So -- -- -- -- like an Internet today you working on getting him ball and -- lefty hitters remote and you that he had been been and that's understandable. So are not reciprocate toward Internet he gave up a brief run today and what was the Red Sox immediately closed or knowledge not at all and I think it goes across the board today. It's -- our early in this the time to work sort. Exactly it's right now you don't want it it's great that Dempster goes out there and in patients three solid innings today but at the same time mom way the -- said at the beginning at. Now who knows what exactly he's working on and let's face it you're right you more church sorely in March and how about the Yankees lineup is it a -- well watered down. Yeah and and go back to Dempster. If you would do it's beautiful around from Abraham noted Dempster of the guys obviously came out particularly well all day. And it was -- there are. And I'm Miller and the amazing stat to me what is. Through five innings the Red Sox pitchers have thrown five ball. And so if you wanna get storyline about what those three pitchers did today then it's. Hey you know what the Red Sox have been emphasizing pounding the strike zone more the type guys who do it. I mean Dempster at all are all guys you don't throughout a career do you. So in that kind of showed up today in that they work quick to pound the strike Sotomayor until there. That's encouraging by. No I do it doesn't make a difference until you do it on April 1 the -- -- much upon the strike zone there if you are beginning -- as all the others. My three takeaways from today Dempster Mike Napoli had so long run. And Andrew Miller's two and as best job to try to impersonate looks wise anyway and an older version of Jim Morrison's. -- let's hope he doesn't suffer the same thing. All I gotta give Detroit credit for this -- couple years ago he was -- pre Fontaine across the locker. The -- out so. Well as beyond that now is in the Robin and is that that is that is Jim Morrison's. Wobbly because you know I'll -- you all Dustin Pedroia on -- I do you pretty good actually. An entertaining and wanted to go to -- would be bit searching for bigfoot show there on Animal Planet. And I and that's -- the -- army Drew Miller around it's good to be busted out there. But it's you know built suburbia -- Miller you seem pretty decent so far he's. He's kind of product -- do that he started Nixon who aren't career it's not going back and forth -- the -- starter is going to be a long reliever. I as John Farrell noted earlier I think that. You want the most likely guy all those last used to be an actual I think. I don't think that's all -- but that's for a -- indicator -- -- -- -- It's seems like anyway pretty much the with a roster is somewhat set with a couple of it just a couple of areas one being the lefties out of the bullpen because they've got to feel. And who they had to bring it up I know Breslow it's been a little bit slow to come back. Has so far and the fitting -- at first base that extra outfield spot as well right. Yeah I think that it goes to -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Obviously didn't amount to license. The media that he made because he he sure enough last year. Our community help field offensively. And now ought to amongst the first to -- -- pretty Garrett. I forgot -- he played there a lot. It very get go back to only help her out so I think you're right position. Are are really good -- went up in the air right now. Yeah I I'm I'm -- switch hitter -- versatility in Dobbin has also been their before but what about the battle for those. I guess who your car overbay that type of situation. Previous inside track. We're still gonna see more probably going to see a little bit in my car and Lyle Overbay to better defense the first they've been there and big car. Car has had more punch offensively. And if people go -- mark kind of you know you don't think you wanted to tomorrow on the outfield what you have to although look you work out there -- break came up and outfielder car obviously played -- I don't think they're going to be plain -- of abuse so it will be interrupting that maybe it comes down to. It might have been under which you wanna prioritized beauty you feel like you need that little bit more punch off the bat off the bench and that hurt you want a little more defense. Maybe that depend on how -- going to. And I think you know a couple takeaways I got from camp so far is -- -- -- going to be very very good year. And I also think Mike Napoli is really really impressed me across the board I think it's good to contribute very awkward -- Yes how many how many games and -- -- -- ballpark figure you think nepalese able to go. Are -- target Talbot you -- -- years is that there's there's no symptoms with a separate. And you watch and -- around -- -- on the basis you watch him head and you never know the at any kind of right ailment at all I think it's it's something. They're gonna keep taking MRIs ligaments he monetary here is make sure it doesn't get any worse but right now it's it's OK you don't think that. It long if he stayed at first base and these people are going to be in that implemented and catching position. I think that will help them do so. No we also done another -- keep an eye on and we -- part of the beaver -- -- -- by. -- murky does that say they were you ready for opening day. You're going into New York is gonna be cold. And it is good that suit your knee gave out for the guy because. That beats Hillary and and is probably gonna step on -- and not whether going from Florida and there. So you might have to put -- DH on while. That ends John Ryder tackle rob Bradford of WEEI dot com I wanted definitely to get into the Ortiz situation here. Still four weeks left until the regular season starts but. I I think probably one of the biggest. At least newsmakers out of camp is Ortiz suggesting that they might not be able to start the season. Are you surprised that the Achilles tendon which -- strain was last July is still lingering. Yeah I think it'll look it I don't think there's any way that you eat in. He came out beyond these men and trying saying -- you can do it. And -- mean that he was instill you with. Fairly optimistic even yesterday -- well. -- -- -- that you can play and -- -- the end of this week and maybe Friday or Saturday and and that bill might be the case now -- -- a few years. -- the -- very -- in the Arctic discomfort there because the council vacation that he's cocky about. If so that there's any kind of hear it fully healed up by you know -- kind of work through that part of -- If they feel like that's the case and and it's not gonna damage could not prepare it and then I think still offered some will be dealt by. It's predictable that comparing the fact that we're still dealing with Kurt welcome back door again. It's march -- And he and I. I agree with John Farrell and it ought to get him a couple weeks of the and you feel good -- -- open it -- -- -- I don't do well also another thing becomes -- problem -- Carl Crawford -- you opening day benchmark for it come back out here yeah. The -- game and how they really looked out and they are on YouTube because everyone's so focused on it well you know I can't duplicate that didn't indicate here. People focus so much an open David Ortiz. Then you are obviously not good -- -- hit that mark. But still I mean you would you rather him -- on people 58. More healthier than you -- on people first. Yes. The -- bottom -- -- like he's healthy but the other part of this is as. -- to me anyway we know we came into camp in really good shape looks like he's gained some weight. You know the questions are gonna come up rob well he's got the security of the two year deal he's not gonna rush back from his injury and he's out of shape. Well he says he's at the same way in that seem impertinent. I haven't really noticed any difference and I am when he -- you know that you cut out. A good talking point and sell what he's got to stick to meet you what about the same as he was last year. But hey listen if he's -- big guy and when you -- Achilles -- that's all we've been concerned you'd have to keep the weight down you have to take. A load off static -- he's been so you have to monitor that and yet to be targets now. But still LOI I think of the biggest thing here if there and do it I think you've done due diligence all across the board with. Did -- do with this kind of wait and see how it played out -- and tomorrow. Tomorrow we spoke to create views can be trotting grilled again let's see -- -- goes received any kind of pain still there they go from there. Some of the bright spot so Favre camp one of them being Jackie Bradley junior and and you know when it comes to to. You know new shiny player ever wants to see him up with a team. You know how work several of the newness factor and it in the out to be excited the way he's started this season the spring training in the way he's playing bad. Now what's the plan for him double A or triple way to start the season probably. Yeah I think that I don't get control play I know that earlier that let me double -- but he couldn't okay. And I look at this article also middle -- situation last year you wanna say this I might call up where he goes. Here's an up and there's some sort opening there and maybe he'd get called up. But I do I do get the hunch that he will be contributor at some point this year might not be whenever he wants it which is the beginning of the year put people first. But you know I think that he will contribute and so it was encouraging job -- I heard the call will be hurt. We compared to -- to -- -- -- It is kind of a problem well yeah. But later this relaxed on its feet hurting because. What you got victory you know he would have felt hatred Bradley junior had a bad year when Ellsbury left. Well as is Jordan now Bradley doing everything it can't be kind of keep the progression going to hit the timetable with the Red Sox wanted to. And that's all you what you want to do what we export you wanted to take you step back. -- your -- sort of uncomfortable in terms of match play and he. And the World Baseball Classic wanted do you like that -- How do you feel about that. I don't want. I think you're stupid. If you know I think -- I'll look at it I -- it. If -- where is he. In Japan or or that the Medicare and her or something from a place selfish if you and a whole lot more than it does around here. And obviously these -- something else. But I I didn't think -- but I think it it's bill is ill timed event you're probably players out there and all the players -- you know we're on the good trade. They were playing for our country admiral what you forward to it when they get there there probably loads of fun. -- every single time they've done that John there's been injuries. And what happens is -- -- you step out there all the flooding in early march you have to what you're facing a pitcher. Who are throwing 98 mile an hour gas that you're not used to. Playing -- inning when you're not really ready to play out for pitchers over exerting yourself go up and down into leaders. For the last World Baseball Classic and see how they're probably it will make exactly. Carlo so how that work helped him out by a tobacco I'll work at all or. It's -- stupid idea. Net I I didn't win it kind of forced it seems like it's forced. And and just get more exposure for baseball throughout the world now I know about your world -- -- you know -- stops in Venezuela in the Netherlands but. And -- does seem a little bit forced when I would do wanna ask you room. Prospects who lies. Where the Dodgers deal seems like the gift that keeps on giving out. It really because of his sister -- a remarkable Michael Dowd is. Especially of both -- Rosa in Webster and out panning out in any form in the major leagues whether it be this season or next or whatever the case may be eight. You've got Crawford dealing with that irritation on that elbow again. Boy the Dodgers really wanted Adrian goods Osmond evident that it nobody is just I was thinking about this drive and -- Braly. Would -- rose at Webster pitching so well so far is the remarkable. It is remarkable that the and you're thinking OK you know they got some players who might be useful. But as we did hear that. You guys in the -- I -- that might not translate to anything other road. But it you've gotten right back here. That you above and beyond Bradley. Who is impressed the most people out and dollar wrote in the Webster. And and it hasn't been like all these guys are new and exciting unit -- is that this is is that stupid either they have some sort of talent. The way it would now wants or -- and -- and I'm are literally could change. When he pick apart is saying that you -- ruby Dell wrote to like Roger Clemens. It ultimately. The concert tickets and I think that's a look forward and sort of trade that might -- gonna bring up our current commodity so. You Arabic to be -- but right now it's like -- pretty. He had he had might be some hyperbole on the part of major -- Webster. Kind ninety's is that -- has stunned me and you're right with the changeup I attempt here and you know sinker ball pitcher. Yeah and that's the players he's -- compared to. Derek Lowe I got to like -- clothes threw harder. By that I tell you look at the territory ever prior to nine mile an hour and Derrick -- never had that -- a type -- plus -- either. He went the other way to go he has these you have to get his command better you're the guy who converted shortstop. So it -- the guy who I am today you know what. Take your time where it all and become a pitcher. And then they'll do that. But that might be some retirement down the road this season where he needs and starting depth and U2 -- -- you can beat big guy by. That right to keep that you have to start with talent and that started with -- pretty good amount of it was that it. Last two questions rob and switching gears to the Yankees and we you know we've talked about how fast it to the American you should be. Yeah if oil were put in division and try to predict things are I'd I'd still take in Toronto as the number one team. So they can Baltimore has been the last place although I became a lot of ground. The national -- of -- being something that I really don't think they are our America along the raised a Red Sox yankees together and out cover up and out. But you think you just -- old unbelievable. And it and you know in the past year with the elbows are huge deal but he -- big dollar and -- that the guy they got in my room early trade. Now popping pan -- -- different. Maker because if you'd still having his problem. And then you have of course you're the Jeter a rod you -- no spring chicken you know it. -- be viewed granderson going to be up for five weeks so there's a lot of hole in New York area about the Yankees semifinal heat content. Well while you know you just click here on paper right now baker commission might orchards currently. Threatens electorate. Yeah you know in any look at while at least they haven't penciled in that way it seems. It's a start the season that could change Kuroda who expected take a step back from what he did last season 38 years old and it's going to be 41 before the season. Finishes up and those -- her. Eric you don't know -- nor nor even talks about Rivera I got 43 year old. Coming back you've been rendered so you like to think that he would be that the Mario wrote that he always has been. It's not really realistic. Now you know what -- and lastly in the news last night my truck gets to 20000 dollar raise from his contract. And his agent is fuming about it trusts. Taking -- I guess as saying today anyway kind of take on the right path not talking about it too much but. What struck me is and it's up that where you've got. The angels shelling out all that money they give -- 20000 dollar raise I think they're set to -- was ESP it was watching sports and they said what -- -- Something like. Trial would have to play 55 games or so to make -- what A-Rod makes it like to do something crazy like that. Are you go at global. This is a thing if he wants to pick up the -- in terms of its salary structure that you would ever -- oriented. You at some of these other guys and signed a deal now -- gonna have to sacrifice some money and yet and security and that would be fine but I know politeness. There are unbelievable. There are honorable people buy it says the bass player and don't want the best lawyers in baseball paid this. This has Torrealba out parking you know will look Brooks about this the other day is good looks and you know. I'm not never gonna complain about make -- 500 -- for playing baseball. -- my -- commune I understand that and I cool little books have been good throw but still you go to the he can't eat it certainly nobody should complain about that if you're in tryout camp because it. If they wanna do something about it I'm sure would be into would be perfectly happy to try to improve it friendly to. Your candidate -- -- friendly by people on both lines. -- I think without question if he wants to get a four year deal -- five year deal done under something they would they would do that automatically while excellent job as always rob really appreciated. My pleasure as always people but it works are due to -- well rob Bradford of WEI dot com.

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