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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joins Mut and Merloni at the Winter Meetings

Dec 10, 2013|

Cherington sits in with Mut and Lou to talk about the Red Sox heading into 2014. Ben breaks down the signing of Edward Mujica and what’s on the table at this year’s meetings.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

As -- said the mobile target here at the winter meetings peaceful people walking by. And they see Lewis want talk baseball and sitting Dallas right now general manager of the Boston Red Sox and -- to invent. Let's look at what's up man Gloria funny guarantee here it's doing the beautiful land of whether. It's better than Boston. Better than national pro so. You less than last time most out here was three years ago at this hotel it was the Gonzales. Crawford -- and big winner for you voice headlines that the most evident that's -- -- done Yuri. Yeah it was a pretty -- are you know we were. We're in I think we're in a position where we can take advantage of the rest of the time we have here in the rest of offseason is to explore you know authors. Things we can do to make us better then. That makes sense for a long term will definitely work on those things but. You know if we had to start season -- the pretty about -- -- -- -- the show today talking about your lineup and potential that you could have Jackie Bradley junior Singapore arts will books through relatively young players all that one of the city feel comfortable. With a lot of that was set up that that way just the idea of three younger players like that make up a third of your lineup is that. Preferable. For you is that he's seeking Buick that beneath any part of Mickey cuisine that much -- make up 31. Yeah well. As couple things for so we wouldn't we wouldn't consider. Committing to the player in the league player. And we think we have some guys -- are worth believing. Not just Indian players. In -- different guys. You know the middle Brooks obviously. Is an up and down year but if you look at you know 600. And roughly 600 at the athlete pairs completely -- Penalties -- numbers garments thirty home runs. He's produced and you know at bats certainly towards India came back from the target. Were much better more reflective we think that is. Bogart's. You know certainly looked comfortable. On the stage in the post season. And we knows Jackie Bradley has been a performer -- winner. Every team has been on so there's actually there's quite a bit of value for us. Finding spots to commit to young players. Because at some point you have to. If you never do it and -- you never you never have a video player and team you have to have that yet commit to Internet somewhere. We're not an opening day went on spring training. So we don't have to write the line at -- now have to make sound decisions. And keep our eyes open minds open about what's available to us. But we think those three guys you know. Put us in positions of strength then and give us a chance to be. You know count picky about them how to go about -- the offseason. And yet we -- area. Very comfortable and then in -- if those guys like girls. -- -- -- starting pitching was was key for you guys but you know apartment was depth and you guys -- that John and we talked about before last year and a great spot right now. In Tripoli you hadn't been -- goes down Jackie endured it goes down -- middle -- -- was. And it's starting pitcher bull that you had arms that already. How important is that when you start saying OK now we can use that depth in their now starters force that any concern that maybe that death behind them isn't there. It's important and in the depth. Is one reason we got through a six month season. Never lost -- three in a row now. We may not replicate that would have really good year next year and might have a four game losing streak -- -- -- that doesn't happen very often but what I think one of the reasons it's certainly that we -- were so consistent. Month to month. And really had very few. And down period alleys in the season was the depth that you're talking about so we wanna maintain and build on that at that much we can. Basically again the simplest little -- What are we lost from the depth that's basically it's the free agents that. And there are no longer here or or -- mean may no longer be here with look at those positions and and find a way to. Build the appropriate that -- there's different ways to do it. We feel like. We have some of that already. And there's been different different ways to do it again that surprise it's more prominent player which is young player back that's one way to build depth. It's only amplifier top -- and one behind them and compliment him that's different way to do it. Excellent all those things but. Definitely want. Wanna have -- deep team as we possibly can and I agree with those Q last year you got deep starting rotation right now the key is you have to make a trade between now and spring training you have. One too many starters right now is rotation I don't think so. I don't know somehow. Somehow use the -- of starting. Pitching surplus in general tends to work itself out by the time it's opening day. So or rocket. Proactively make him which is for the sake of making one. If something makes sense. Will listen. But certainly rather go to spring training with. You know more than enough options then too few. We've been honest -- doesn't heal mentally is it so. Policy was who comes of that but you could very well carry everyone's turned. -- him he could signing because you know its greatest coach he was last year it was 88 innings all year long he is getting a little bit older so that. Beckett insurance so Alessio Dellucci was probably fourth option right now in their. What did you guys seat in the year what was the drop off fastballs with -- it was you was at the groin injury and he just fell off. Yet and he. He had a he had a growing issue that cropped up in September where he just couldn't push off the way he normally did. He was used. If you look at the first half that this would he care retirement -- the first half percent this season use. Dominant. He was used a lot. Leading up to the all star break. If you look gets. Were clues were leading at the all star break. And then there are some different Fox's whose ass pockets at the Ulster -- apology usage. And you know and he had a -- flare up then it just affect his mechanics that -- where he couldn't couldn't really finish -- that is the way you want to. So we looked at all that obviously and checked it out we don't have any concern about a physically before it's actually been. Remarkably healthy overall for his career is never had any. Ideal time for our rights like that so. We we think he's a healthy guy we just thinking in an. He along with his and coach -- others in the -- we allowed John. And the staff to manage ever want to workload not just -- but also he and his -- that are out there as well. Miller we expect them back in and we wanna build manager -- workload over the course of seasons stays strong in and we thought that it was important at someone. Els who we could use the back in the game to do that. You gotta run got we're we're we're work to do thank you stop by for a few minutes thanks yes venture Ericsson agonized brought to you by DCU digital federal credit union what can DCU. Save you 61777979837. Can text us. On the AT&T text line 37937. We continue with your phone calls Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1230 Kevin Millar at 13.

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