Apr 3, 2013|
Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Red Sox opening day win, Jackie Bradley Jr, the expectations for the Yankees, and Jacoby Ellsbury's future.
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Every Wednesday at this time we talk baseball. With a great buster Olney of ESP NE joins us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LT was beat that the ten times faster than three G. It's AT&T rethink possible this time a year -- you're allowed to make. Ridiculous claims of proclamations and only a couple baseball games I've seen Clayton Kershaw deal I saw ai Yu Darvish. Come with a one out of a perfect game against Houston is pitching officially back in Major League Baseball to go. -- yeah without a doubt I'd been back third that a few years to meet every year it seemed like that. The number runs are scored each game -- goes down and on top of that. I began to get a sense this and watching the game that I didn't watch -- read such and yankees who are held up as the standard in this category. But the pace of game actually seem to be pretty good in the game that I watched. That are up that -- the pitching or you know maybe a meeting in spring training -- means something. But -- it's been phenomenal and by the way last night I had put about 75% and that I -- Darche put about 25% of it on the Houston editor -- we were really really not very good. Yeah I don't they came on they won they'd -- opener with Houston I'm not sure how much are gonna win is that one of the main reasons why you might look at that Weston's that is a good chance the they can get three teams and every other division just have to win. Allied victory came through that division. That -- would that would Oakland and the Angels in the Rangers. But that very reason and I think that when you look at the National League east you could almost say the same thing. -- think the Mets from the Marlins are going to be so terrible with the top. The other three teams that divisions -- -- -- gonna feast on them and I was talking with a scout before that opener any -- now. That's going to be a situation where if you're playing the masters and you lose. That it's gonna -- like a double lot speaking that the game that you almost sure it wouldn't. Watching that game -- I don't know if you guys dedicated the leading -- you know pitch by pitch. But I am really loose just sort of shocking how bad they actors -- If so that's -- bad swings late neck and obviously good news. This week fourteen of the 26 doubt that dead Darvish register last night went pitches out of the strike zone at 27 that swing that's. The second highest total in the last two years. And -- Bud Selig is canal -- OK with the way Houston's approaching this which is basic punt on this year. I was gonna get to a point where they're sold that buster where he kind of rethink what I want to let teams in the standing eight count got to play for a high draft pick. Well when you talk to people involved it tell you that's not what's going on okay to put -- that part on the record. I think that's exactly what's going on that's my opinion I think that. It's you know -- position to be at the top of the draft in the end. You know what -- incentive for doing something like that actually gone up because not only talking about draft position. But you're also talking about the dollars to catch the draft picks. So it gives you more flexibility when you're in the draft. The worse you are. And what's interesting is that spoke with general managers -- that it seems to privately will tell you. If you are trying to rebuild -- team this is the right -- it's the perfect way to do it. Couldn't see what the rays had done -- their top pick to see -- the nationals had done picking at the top of the draft with the guys that they got. The problem is guys if you actually had more than one team employing that strategy how embarrassing would that be down the stretch. Where you literally at 45 teams. A unit trying to build your team is situated that we given that the most chance for losing. And that's why I'd be concerned as they say everyone I've doctors did they don't they get to the -- doing I personally think that's exactly what they don't. Yeah I think it's almost -- landscape of baseball right when you look at the free consider hitting. The market now that are being tied up that are hit the market 3132. It seems like a bad way to go about it. And it's -- -- team that trend even more so that locking guys up so the way to do it is to draft. -- and shoot again mid to draw the on the nationals as an example. And -- their two best players Stephen Strasburg number one in the draft Bryce Harper number one in the draft now that. At positioning grew organically where -- staying at you know we're a bad team because they make poor decisions but we saw last year with the Astros. That you -- today I think you were 26 and 34 to start the year which is solid it's not good it's about it the same time that terrifically bad. And then they traded literally every movable piece on that team and when you talk with the executives with -- other teams that don't think they got that much in return. They won and I think their record from that point now with something along the one to twenty and 73. Okay and -- we're losing games did an unbelievable rate. They pop up and they get the number one draft pick again and by the way you know Bud -- started. For them on opening day and the perception of the general managers is that the teams did. You can call the Astros today -- trade for him I mean there's still a net absolute cut down mode. And if filling out the roster now with the journeyman on two or three years that type contract but guys like Ricky keel. Carlos Pena at the players who really probably didn't near the very end of their careers and again. It's easy strategy that privately people the united that -- but I don't know how you necessarily condone that because. I mean how is that any different than -- If you're building a team -- too loose and to repeat the answers to that relative -- Are the Sox opening day a good win for them and ethic there was. Important for this team to kind of get off to a hot start obviously. But it was against the bad I think is a real bad Yankee demand them actually last. In the American League but it does seem to be more hope I think for Red Sox fan nation feel that way. Minor league is coming up financial flexibility any different attitude what did you see out of this team in camp. Everything we saw the other day potentially one of the best bullpen. In the American League in a bullpen that -- have to win I Jon Lester and -- to be reborn. We talked about that you know leave camp that it felt like it was going to be camp could buy dot. Where they are all going to be happy to have a Mulligan after what happened last year and -- Jon Lester potentially was going to be a guy who would benefit most from that. And we -- Jackie Bradley junior who when you see and Lou you'd be this far better than I ever could. And this is what jumped out at me with a spring training numbers. When you're drawing walks OK in spring training games as opposed to be at a young hitter who's anxious and fired up. That says a lot of that you personality. If you're drawing three walks on opening day. -- -- first game in the big leagues when you're taking pitches off the -- It actually what I think about this morning and it was gonna come on did you guys I was thinking about John have a check okay. When they would take him out of big games when he played with the Celtics they would check it heart rate sometimes -- would be about forty. Which. Separated him from just about everybody else who played. That seems likely Jackie Bradley junior. Where at that absolute. Calm and understanding. And if that continues and there's not some gaping hole. I have to bend you're talking about a player who's a difference maker but you're talking about for the here and outfield would be the difference -- The the Yankees have back got buster to watch them play through opening day in a -- sabathia hit 92 twice I I guess our immediate reaction here was -- They're in trouble they don't have that young player to rely on long term. Now. And you know I still would give sabathia more time because it's he's an older players still building up arm speed and -- Do you think he'll rebuild their arm strength to get his velocity up. But I told you got a little I picked the Yankees have been selected like normally you really do it and it seems crazy. Are you talking about -- he did finish out of the playoffs once in the last nineteen years. But they just don't have it and anybody think Derek Jeter's gonna come riding in a white horse. I anytime soon forget it you know identity as the Yankees have acknowledged. There's a real chance that a mark this year has suffered setback he'll miss the entire season Curtis Granderson. Can be really good when -- hot but he's also -- -- streaky player there's not a guarantee he'd necessarily gonna come back and get them. They don't have that young player which is why if -- And I GPM. -- throughout and to know I'm feeling pretty good about my leverage dealing with the Yankees right now. They both Scott the Boris right now man looked at this offseason some his clients and yet -- -- got more years but the average annual wasn't there and guys like Lohse missed some parts of the season. A guy sort of looking at that right now with the way the offseason is that the compensation same maybe this is the best way to go body waiting till February -- -- play. I'm gonna be curious to talk to you could know at some point about what this decision was about because there's a lot of possibilities about. -- why he made this decision one -- what you named it is no doubt Scott did not have a good wood to well you know Lohse. Who would you talk with the executives he talked with other agents they -- -- to come off the board early rather laid it steady didn't get the money Michael -- they feel like the same thing. That while Scotty is he said he's not happy with a system that perception of people around him is he misplayed the market and that was say in their -- his mistake. I also wonder about the impact that you know and Alex Rodriguez whose clothes would rather -- Had in this because Alex to walk away from Scott. There really get along that well anymore in there today -- what I've heard about Alex. Working on behalf of. That other players trying to lobby them to lead got Mark Teixeira left Scott as well -- you wonder if those voices were factors well. Work you know it is just a case where. -- like the idea of being wooed by starlight -- you can land and cattle he could help them with the a's marketing. There's no question the last six weeks at about the same time that we heard that the Yankees had an offer on the table and that they had made any traction -- offered. The -- note started talking with other agents that spoken -- And looking around for alternatives. We've talked a lot about Boris because of of Jackie Bradley junior and not need 20182019. -- free agency. I guess rebels very a look at the Boras client listing Gulbis is -- a marquee client it. And there any rumblings that -- Barry is feel like and always that. The Red Sox have made some offers -- we still convinced busted Ellsbury plays out this year and gets to free agency with Scott ports. I haven't heard any rumblings that he's unhappy and I can tell you that the perception of Jacoby among other players is that he strongly tied -- Scott. Dad -- and if that's the case and he will play added optioned. And he's probably going to be guy who's going to be out of the market along time that during the course this winner Scott will play it out. And he wants to have those guys on the market to use the leverage in. That's why I think there's so little to no chance that he -- the red dot. Buster where we stand right now with bio Genesis rotary is not even introduced. A Yankee Stadium seems -- they still wanna distanced themselves I know MLB is not happy with and they Phillies a kind of a pied piper of this whole thing. Where where's MLB right now do you think -- be suspensions will come out. I do I do you think they're going to be suspensions there in the process of investigating. And you know Alex is not the only name Brian -- that the only name Nelson Cruz isn't the only game. It might be somewhere in the range of twenty players who are being -- I can assure you guys saw. How Major League Baseball fathers lawsuit is that ten days ago where there essentially trying to position themselves they gain access to some of the documented by Genesis. He stayed at those documents they going to be two players that can be sleeping very well. Muster great stuff is always appreciate the title -- it next week. I -- -- ESPN joining us on the eighteenth the outline AT&T forgy LT he was speeds. Up to ten times faster than three -- AT&T rethink possible -- who joins us. He's brought you by -- space by Toyota of Nashua and by a RS restoration specials they hall almost all most. It really special might last nine Major League Baseball would have been the 24. Perfect game. You are part of an almost -- back in the initially highlights -- -- -- almost it's Mike Mussina where you're at bats almost there it's Mike Mussina I helped them almost get one we'll talk perfect game next.
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