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WEEI.com's Alex Speier with the Big Show

Mar 8, 2013|

Pete Sheppard and Steve Buckley get a Red Sox report live from Spring Training.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Back here sports radar got it through point seven FM WEEI six point 77797937. Texas 37 under 37 don't forget about the we don't want -- line today 617. 7793535. C -- you guys lined up. Get your cause is just the second gonna head down to sunny Fort Myers and once again as we suffer here three yet another blizzard that nobody predicted Alex Smith joins us from WEEI dot com with it's a Buckley and -- Sheppard out I don't. I'm all right -- -- my sympathies lie with all of you guys yeah surely true struggling a bit now. That's I'm suffering my heart stoppers but you. Think they're suffering let's jump right in the talk about David Ortiz or any any new news to Q. Tell us about today. Not really he's not running today he's not going to be hitting smiling you're going to run and a parent sure spectacle what. What that tells John Farrell said that they weren't going to rule out yet yeah. But sitting out for further for further -- you never know -- there's a fifth time up but for now Carol also that they. I'm used to -- in the range where we're at the start of the season isn't yet a and direct concern. So that at least is is something it hasn't reached that kind of critical critical stage. I doubt but of course the Red Sox and achieve the biggest concern as. You know is to what degree going to be healthy for the sort of regular -- integrity of their Dorsey and I don't think we have answers on. Alex given that he hasn't actually played in grapefruit league game yet let's. It's it's not on appeared to discuss what alternative measures the Red Sox would take in his absence. That said what options would they should they be exploring. Well first of all I think it's worth saying that everything is going to be it's going to be a stepped out the whole point of course signing David -- is -- that. He would be best record in what basically the most productive hitter in the American League. -- mind the most productive DH at the time that you injured your it hadn't gotten injured Miguel Cabrera might not have been the Triple Crown. Are so it's where kind of keeping that mind in terms of beat just absurd performance that you are putting up last year but -- In terms of -- -- option. -- -- -- have it on the roster they have a number of options thanks to you know -- agent certainly like guys like Napoli were like domes in two in the DH spot picked it. I -- -- my car and level overbay to start the speed and watched it. Uber rotation that would probably run. Involving -- involving first base and let fielder's. And the DH spot but suffered a prime aren't quite a possibility. In that make up as well but a you know of course they're going to listen to you there's something available out of the organization but to my mind you know you don't go out you you don't trade for. You know you don't trade for a you know a sent out -- lineup guys because -- middle -- -- because yeah acquisition are going to be here origin. You know I I think that they're still. Somewhat optimistic but are you going to be available -- you like I'm sure that you may not all that now. It's not really the stage where you start you know where you start thinking OK now it's time to go give up the -- the order in -- to acquire a guy with an 800 OP. Well not only do I agree with that -- what is if you can forgive me bringing in an alternate reality. But the Red Sox had not re signed David Ortiz or if he. Was no longer in the picture at all is it a safe to assume they'd have use the DH slot like teams are doing so now. Moving different guys in and out of there -- going out and signing the the Orlando come dissipated -- from the old days is going to be strictly DH. I'd know to me if they have a -- side are you then maybe they end up making it stronger wait for a guy like Lance Berkman are right -- -- so I don't take that -- earlier article states. Mean to me and this is this is purely speculative but you know hypothetically you could make -- move it it gives you kind of more in terms of the number of spots. Including DH. With a guy like you know like maybe a -- all except you know the Rangers to the very. -- prospect first baseman third baseman -- the UH. But you know at the same time you exactly the trip back from -- there's impossibly cute a bit on particularly if they haven't resigned or he's been. I've given very very kind of spot complexion of the rest the lineup. They would have had to have gone out for a basher. -- that last Saturday were sitting here watching the -- listening to the game on the radio in c'mon after much show and I just could not believe how long the first two innings were taking was tweeting out. Buchholz pitching at a snail's pace I mean just absolutely ridiculous finally. John Ferrell in the coaching staff finally get into his head and lo and behold and we had good results last week but still. I -- amuse us up to proceed hopefully from the rest the entire pitching staff is to get to this pacing down where there's no need for 28 seconds between pitches anymore. It's been a point of emphasis something that actually won the -- is a big believer in Indian Don Cooper with the White Sox. You know you remember of course that mark early. I've been kind of the poster child of spotlight -- the cheaper number a year and that -- -- -- in one year that's worked quite a bit during his time with the White Sox. So do you think that you're going to in emphasis on. I'm working passer being more aggressive. Kind of you know keeping the opposing hitters on the defensive side that something does happen that's come -- and -- content conversation -- the number it's a special. At every level -- a Major League level and an utterly outside do you think you're going to see. You're going to see more -- -- what -- -- said that it should be addressed because. Team for several years now. The Red Sox -- -- -- -- is pitching stepped in Major League and you know we cup maybe I'll maybe Jon Papelbon you know it's been. Systematic and across the board you know it's not it's its interest in disputed -- kind of addressing it there in across the board. And across the court took up -- -- -- without -- W I had duck congress baseball -- force here I was try to take spring training stats -- -- -- -- soft and that's why try to get too high or too low about them. Jackie Bradley -- I was having a terrific spring. You know -- had a great night's outing yesterday. But what what are we supposed to make of -- here I mean do we do to apply the same type logic to these awful outings that he's had recently. Party tire at all and I mean what there is it to someone isn't. Ever try to figure out you know. Tried to stay even keel tear but it's. You don't get a little bit of red flag with a sky because it took over from the Pirates in two very different situation pitcher with the Red Sox. Short and certainly touches out you know after are just a realistic game is just -- but. An -- and several very good at all by the spring but it is still in relative term very early. -- have the time when you start to wonder about you know when -- start. Have been more concerned is it in the last week spring training guys showing. Bad stuff in bad result. Then it starts economic concern but until then what a veteran like an -- and it's way premature for any of those concerns physically he looks healthy however it looks like it is when he's when he's right about -- about with the fact that. -- the guy is also there you know. As I would be is it might have been different places -- you about the first child is likely back up in Boston and so a short bit dot I am sure that. Beat this certainty exactly. Normal circumstance that is operated our operating under -- Now I understand that and and to his credit yesterday he said that wasn't that wasn't a -- -- I think anybody using a decent human being knows that it would be nice -- -- comes -- slack for that I'm just trying to. It all because we get you get all kinds of text messages during spring training this guy sucks this guy's great discussion sucked this guy's good. And -- in -- Kuwait where we draw the line here to -- by spring training and that's why the Jackie Bradley junior thing is mentioning to me. Even John -- throwing more and more pressure. It ought to keep this guy broke the opening day roster. Now. I don't mean to -- -- -- before you win as a -- that. Well I think one or that you that you wonder about it Eric the majors but that David or use it on the -- -- Eaton and end in -- Okay Johnny -- and spend more time. You know TH in which they -- and you could potentially have never been able for Jack Kirby junior in the Major League. But I think it. I think if they've been pretty -- on -- even that represents a pretty unlikely outcome look. It is terrific it has. And are really impressive still set by Douglas said the fact that he spent. To about a month and a minor in it and double it let him in the last month month and a half. But Lee was beating him he had about sixteen and -- PM -- street hundreds of course of that time and he didn't make it just went back so. It's important to go through those struggles that demonstrate the response that are they to me it's important for him. To be in the minor -- to start a year ago to a period now probably odd stretch -- at some critical stretch. And -- -- that can make the adjustment when those that quote Colts stretched. To be a really good player because that's important foundational building block for a player when he goes to the burst on the Major League Dustin Pedroia to. About his time in the -- out. Prior to that being steadily propose this hypothetically now hypothetically Cid Gomes or -- river to Reno gets hurt. These final a couple of weeks -- spring training you think that changes. The way that they would approach handling Jackie Bradley junior. It worked properly if there was if they have a need it for a cup or basically an everyday outfielder for Major League level up and then that. I think it hypothetically it could change beyond the timing of it but. You know again I think it's part of the reason why they wanted to sign any outfielder you know but he -- presume they did. Was -- -- they would have to rush the development and develop and so yes in a hypothetical scenario would it be comfortable having not a Major League. Gored for pure at a time sure is that an ideal circumstance -- I think there and Oakland it. Alex -- I've talked to baseball people for years above spring training statistics and you'd you'd do agree that gauging a players Major League worthiness based solely on spring training stats is a fool's errand immunity it's. I go back it might have been Cesar Crespo. -- years back at like 600. Good news is that the guy picking up a -- Yeah 2004 you look like he had like 380 and Richard. Ever Adam Stern that little little little scenario there. Yeah because it on the -- in that first spring training but you're a Red Sox after getting -- five. -- -- yeah I am hitting coordinators to second base now running on I wish I had a couple legitimate shingles but you know for the for a couple weeks spring training in about 500 felt. Yeah I I think that. You know pitchers oftentimes especially in the early days of hampered building up arm strength throwing at all so. -- sort it at all had a terrible breaking it -- put up really nice numbers growing up. And and all the -- -- make it to -- they don't then. -- in the slot. Unless -- house for the to go thanks again so much but you know you and rob Bradford. Did you have a hard time last couple days living with yourself knowing that you put all the pressure -- -- Crawford and really. Bomb caused him all that discomfort from all that. All those horrible horrible articles that you and blocking everybody else wrote about a mode the last couple years may shame on you -- I think it straight. David -- and I have had a hard time living with ourselves regardless. If it's. I've certainly had I'm guessing a great challenges for you. -- yeah out exactly and yes it's been -- and prospective moments in. No I you know -- -- it wasn't you know it looked uncomfortable environment into it -- it does underscore how difficult it is for free agent. When they get off to a hard -- and bought in to recover from that it's actually to my mind it actually is part of one of the underrated aspects of J. D. Drew. Very solid Red Sox career because he's one of the only guys ever recovered from that. I said that earlier I agree a 100%. The beginning of the show not to interrupt that that. We he has become I think he's been replaced as the as that the bad free agent signing and he was the bad guy for awhile. He is -- is numbers were better than people given credit for for the first 75% of years in Boston. It indeed he did recover from a a a bad public image early on. Yeah I think that his career is very hundred -- but even close to being the worst appropriate degree timing. I don't think -- didn't even look for the little bit recent one crop Burton. And and Lackey kind of offering limited return on on their big deal. I would certainly say that you know the likes of Lugo and -- Lugo it was pretty egregious error that's that's pretty high on the list. Where -- would you agree that in Crawford himself made this point the other day that there is a buyer beware. -- seller beware in this case. That if you're going to come to Boston you need to understand what I like to call the Boston baseball experience you truly need to know what you're getting itself into. And shame on me I assumed that Carl Crawford with all the years he played in Tampa Bay. Of all the big games he played against the Red Sox Indian Fenway Park play against them in the ALCS. And he went on to play in the World Series in Philadelphia. That you would have -- -- had some knowledge of how this hoping marks. You -- and quite honestly you would have thought that the Red Sox would have would have had a better sense you know -- -- -- and was invoked article to write about -- idea that. You know that if that's what the situation and the Red Sox -- in this situation. You know Angela Park you know proper guys for the -- are the kind of acknowledged that and they acknowledged that a lot but I'll see when they were like. When they said basically you know not historic -- of -- conversations with them they said we can't be in the business of trying to convince someone. If they're going to be okay and Boston. They feel like you know that that's kind of what they referred to a time when they talk about when the talked about rounding too many corners -- kind of cutting to the corner. When they were making decisions that turned out poorly. They they feel they felt like they may have it may have been too aggressive in trying to court some guys who on the circuit didn't look like perfect fit in. They discovered that indeed they weren't perfect fit -- if something that they could make it work have been exaggerated and at considerable cost. Alex here from WEEI dot com thanks very much and if they have a -- -- arrived yet Alex all the all the bosses and some high profile clients are on the way to say how do you rob. And Mike and whoever else is down there except for us. If. Fantastic look toward to a report degrading anyone ever watch it now with the company -- Feel one way Galaxy. RL expects like take you out to be -- W yeah I'd dot com Joseph Tony Bob I see guys lined up a couple of polite promised quick break right back -- post. But until six Sports Radio WSCR.

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