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Buster Olney, ESPN: on the trade market for the Red Sox

Jul 10, 2013|

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss possible players the Red Sox are targeting at the deadline and potential suspensions for ARod and Ryan Braun.

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Most baseball fans understand. -- understand why baseball's handling it this way I joining us on the AT&T hotline a weekly spot with doubles -- only. Of ESP -- joins us on this Wednesday. At and we'll circle back to the the biggest issue of the day here because you're talking buster about a situation that you and TJ Quinn have talked about. In that war look and it's a major major names brought -- the entire group of those guys might look in a hundred game suspensions do you think it'll happen as soon as Wednesday. After the all star game next week buster. I think that to within the realm of possibility. That that's when he gets announced you know I would last week I was led to believe it might be a little bit later in the month. But either way it's on the horizon you know assuming they're going to be making these decisions and that's only the first step guy's kissed the appeal process. Yeah this is not a case where you know you have a player who test positive and it's it's a relatively straightforward appeal every single one of these cases. He's going to be completely different in terms of the evidence into the piece of paper the names written on the corroborating evidence. What the witnesses say about them. And you know these the union and Major League Baseball aren't necessarily built you have to deal with a dozen to a dozen cases all it -- And yet they gonna have to do. You have one arbitrator. Who's going to be hearing these things. And so that's why you know last week for example -- died in the -- did you I had decent target to what happens if. For example Nelson Cruz is suspended from the Rangers. And then his appeal was heard and the decision comes down in early September. But -- Cologne and a competing team in that division is suspended but his appeal isn't artillery offseason what happened and and so I called limited baseball and I and I had that in the initial thing was well identity they booed at all want it and it was a positive well. Then we'd be accused of leading guy on the field when we knew it was going to be busted. Tell you that you really complicated situation and it's -- baseball never dealt with anything like this before there's no blueprint for action it is. You know something I think even the people involved in decisions are going to be figuring out -- day. Yeah also time sensitive fright I mean if -- Billy meaner Daniels I wanna know I'm gonna lose these players or. If on the team interest in another player I don't know seeing -- ticket of trade way ever Cabrera but -- fun about a curious. Why don't I wanna go get these players are delighted to replace the play. Well and I think -- you gave -- here and the Rangers they sign Manny Ramirez -- they don't know what's gonna happen Nelson Cruz. I think the well they made the case. Today it and number and at the column I wrote. -- if you're Nelson Cruz. And you talk about bad timing for all listened and I'm not not that anyone should feel sorry for committee especially the used. But if -- in case dragged in the off season he'd get free agent when the year's over. The Rangers almost certainly won't tender him a one year offer to have to make that decision by the end of November. If you don't have that information back with a nice to be suspended. Ain't gonna -- them. They're not gonna know how long going to be out there not been an LP can be good without. PD. And so I may dictate today upon a thinker than I got suspended next Wednesday. I'm not appealing. And I want to get back out on the field at the beginning of September soon as possible. To get that -- behind me but of course if he does that. The union would probably wouldn't be happy because undercut all the other cases that are being -- before the arbitrator to the arbitrary -- plate so that players says. The information is correct and the rest TV telling us is not correct. -- West are all -- the spot as is is Michael Weiner in the head of the union because you. He wanted to defend your players right that's their job their union -- yet at the same point you've got the majority of the guys. That again sick and tired of having successful seasons of being used steroids they want this thing clean they want those guys to go down. You know I actually think that he's been any any great place and part of it is is that and put this is a big part of the reason why people like him so much and white so respected and mean everyone in the industries rooting for immunity. As he fights. Into the tumors the cancerous tumors that he's dealing with -- sprain right now at this all this is going on. He continues to work day by day. But here's the thing everyone thinks that he leads the emotion out of it so he understands. That and -- a member of the union comes to him and ask for a defense. He's gonna defend that player and so when players could come up to in the spring training I've got this from the players now from Michael. The players -- in spring training and say look we want cheaters down Bryant brought it GOP we want him taking down Michael explained to them. Look as a member of the union you have legal rights to be defended by the union. And we will be at two of the best of our ability of the players get that they understand that. There's no question I mean the change in the tenor of the players this whole thing every club I think that would lead players command it. I -- -- abroad and taken down they want these guys take him down so bad even factored guilty. Well. Maybe ever like a pariah abroad because of individual these players buster talked about it quite a bit with you when you look at. His public stance and the grand proclamations that he made in the way that he destroyed. As a to investigators you know what went on there. It just speaks of the hypocrisy here that Ryan -- wants to publicly -- give all these innocent proclamations but when asked what his connection was. He wouldn't talk to Major League Baseball and I think out of all these players he serves as the won't the most to lose out of all this about Genesis. And you know what I was a 100% we view a month ago and now as time has gone on I think Alex Rodriguez is is that the more I -- really turning his actions. I think he could be in that same category -- I'll tell you why. The good -- I thought about that you guys remember after he admitted it and that what you were the 2008 spring of 2008. He began to work with the cut Taylor who wouldn't foundation. You know it is it named for the the teenager who took his own life. After your using performance enhancing drugs and his parents -- really dedicate themselves despite an Alex Rodriguez has done so many events for them. And spoken every happened in very public about this didn't know how he wants to do that. -- in the end. Its probe and that the whole time he was doing that ended the same time using performance enhancing drug that essentially using. The Specter of the foundation and you know that was it created after the death of teenager Republican race relations -- it. That's pretty disgusting. It's been back it's proven that he's -- What's that just year opinion guys that every Cabrera. Bartolo Cologne Nelson Cruz Johnny for all the should they participate in the all star game should they do something before and to see you know what given where we are right now it went to start this thing up should they be there. Well you would hope that they -- -- you know would have the grace to step aside. You know I don't think Melky Cabrera would necessarily had -- he noted that the most pristine. Motives. For when he vacated the batting title race last year. But I thought it was the right thing to do in that case and I agree with you. If these players know that they're guilty and are going to be suspended in all likelihood you wish they would step aside but I right. You -- -- that he can't do anything about it there are currently members in good standing. He can't talent they can't go they went through the process and Major League Baseball because of the terms of drug testing agreement. They can't tell Jim -- or Bruce both cheeks. You know like you're not allowed take that player because we think we're gonna spend the next week and I think that's right because that's. That's following the rules under the drug testing agreement that baseball and the union agreed to. We're talking about strolling ESP and we spent time with -- last week buster talking about potential red sox' targets. In their bullpen Andrew Miller done for the year the -- need to add somebody the market has been pretty quiet so far they waiting for. They've -- these big names to go to set the market for what it's gonna cost to get a reliever is that what has been so little action. Well Henry general managers are saying that all the he had. It -- -- -- sellers right now and I'm assuming that includes the Cubs Matt Garza. Are are all suffering what I wrote the column today it was a -- suffered from Jack Wheeler syndrome because remember him. When the Mets. Couple years ago they got incredible return for Zach Wheeler in the Carlos Beltran deal with him just go. Prices are really high. And on top of that I'm sure for them from the Red Sox perspective. That a lot of the solution did you look at the relief market really imperfect you know Kevin Gregg for example -- stuff translate the American League east. Would be just a guy at a couple hot months it's better. You know that important when you actually look at what he's done he's potentially now is this specialist. Continue with the Red Sox carry to left and it's special -- -- -- -- That's what Andrew Miller's a lot it's a devastating because he was the guy did it right handers he's got a lefthander -- that you could give him an inning would be fine. And even you know -- -- the Cubs who the Cubs are willing to talk about right handed hitters against him have a 950. Or so yes. So right handers hit him hard they need a guy who can go three full -- Now it's time goes on and I wrote about this today at the prices are going to be so hide. Then maybe the twins eventually do you put Glen Perkins out there maybe that Mets become more reasonable. About Bobby Cornell they're closer. And they should because we think about how volatile relievers are looked at that today. -- many relievers are -- how many closers are in place. From 2011 to the issue -- there with the same team three out of thirty teams have the same closer. In 2013 that they did in 2011. Craig Campbell of the Yankees. More and I am out there -- the Braves Mariano Rivera the Yankees in crisper at the Indians that it. That tells you how it you're buying he shouldn't overpay. And it keeps telling you get them hot commodity like a look at grant park -- darn well better listen. Well got a guy I'm talking about here is is so Michael Young because you know I think the Red Sox where they are right now maybe drew comes back he slides over but. Just a professional hitter does not much left in the salad but does it seem like it's kind of a I know how much interest to Red Sox of the shuttle a little bit but acting to -- -- -- perfect fit for the Yankees and be able to move that probably would help them on a lot of. Well in regard the Yankees that played they feel incredibly blocked in again they're not. Did not you know wait for someone to feel sorry for them but this is the reality of the situation is is that. Because they don't know what they're gonna get out of Rodriguez or Jeter or served Alley or granderson. They can make an aggressive move in a market you're not going to overpay -- -- like a Michael Young in a trade now. And then in two weeks maybe he becomes redundant when Alex Rodriguez comes back today at the -- On -- -- I would imagine that one of the big questions they have to ask is how good easy actually third base when I talked to Michael and spring training. About -- pats play at third base when he was with the Rangers he was generally speaking pretty awful but he felt like if he hadn't played the position. To the death of his ability and he worked a lot this spring with Mike Schmidt and getting lower and being in a better place he's got a decent look at what we had good hand I really had a good arm not some big gulf. I feel like -- play this position better and that would be one of the questions -- the Red Sox that that is he actually doing them. All you mention Manny Ramirez. Did they sign him with the idea in Texas the beginning kind of a wink wink nudge nudge buster will definitely bring yup at some point a world I have to be like you said Nelson Cruz suspended some sort of injury to see Manny back in the big league level this year. He's got a hit I think there's any added demonstrate that he can hit with power that's exactly. What Oakland won it last year when they signed him you know they're feeling what think Texas is in the same boat there is zero risk for them because he's making. I believe ten of 151000 dollars per month in the minor league basically -- The contract if he gets called the big leagues is for Major League minimum. We know incentive clauses whatsoever. So the eight time and they pick in the minor league CP hit for power and he showed anything. And they're called up and they got to pay him anything and I do think they had it would Nelson Cruz in mind. The one thing they'll tell you you know hearing today. It is so far he's not shown a lot of bat speed which is where he was in 2010. You're single Brian Wilson where he's at right now. And he's got thrown out. Why he's working out at some point -- Ian in early August around August 1 he intends to throw first out. But you know the one thing to keep in mind and he's got a great closer experience that would be great. He does seem to be really particular about where he wants to pitch in other words when the Tigers kind of poked around on in the off season they were told now -- -- -- -- in Detroit. And I wonder because I'm sure you guys to read the stories about how he feels. On some ugly feelings about what went down in his hometown after spotted passed away and all of that. You know how he would feel about pitching for the reds but I don't know the answer to that. But I I think he's definitely someone who you know he's gonna have a gut instinct about being gut feeling about where he wants to. I guess some weird relationship stuff -- when New Hampshire Mets there's no doubt about that he's buster only be espionage joins us every single Wednesday buster is always appreciate it will -- you next week. Buster as always brought -- you by our friends at Toyota of -- go see the whole crew Bob Draper recovery. And check out their all new Toyota Nashua megaplex and see the hot deals during their summer sell -- It's going on right now buster also brought you by air arrest restoration specialist. And Michael space 61777979837. Is the phone number we'll continue with more your phone calls and you mentioned in Stephen Drew. And the Red Sox and what his role might be when he does come back in his back some Red Sox calls with the guys Sports Radio WEEI.

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