Jerry Remy on D&C: Carl Crawford situation ‘a total mess right now’
|07.27.12 at 10:59 am ET|
NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to discuss the decisions that Ben Cherington will have to make as the trade deadline approaches. While Remy said he did not know whether or not the Red Sox would be buyers or sellers at the deadline, he said that Cherington probably already has a plan and that it will not hang on the result of the weekend series with the Yankees.
“I think they already probably have it in mind what they are going to do,” Remy said. “As far as buying and selling, if they are selling, they are selling to try to improve not only for this year but for next year. The position they are in right now, they are not even in the wild card hunt right now. So it’s kind of difficult to say what they are going to do.
“You hoped a couple of weeks ago that they had a decent run against some good teams and you are still in the hunt for the wild card thing, and that would have been very interesting to see because they would definitely be trying to improve this club. I don’t know right now which direction they want to go in.”
As far as whether or not the team is in position to have a late-season run to grab one of the final playoff spots, Remy said that he does not see that happening.
“There are no indications of that. Absolutely none,” Remy said. “Unless you get [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester pitching the way they are capable of pitching to go along with [Clay] Buchholz, who is pitching very well, I don’t see it. If those guys turn it around and pitch the way they are supposed to pitch, there is a possibility this team could go on a good two-week run.
If the team is going to be sellers, the question is: Who are the Sox going try to — or be able to — sell?
“I don’t know. I could see them moving guys like [Daniel] Nava and guys like that, but you’ve got contracts here with guys like [Carl] Crawford and of course [Jacoby] Ellsbury coming up,” Remy said. “God knows if you are going to be able to sign him. Maybe that is the guy you dangle. I don’t know. Is he likely to stay here in Boston? I don’t know. I don’t even know what his feelings are about that. So they have some tough decisions to make.”
It might be tough to deal Crawford and the more than $100 million left on his contract, especially given his poor performance as of late. Crawford is hitless in his last 17 at-bats and has been taken out of close games because his elbow injury makes him a defensive liability.
“Crawford to me right now still looks like the Crawford of last year with that open stance. They are pitching him away and he is not making good, solid contact,” Remy said. They are taking him out late in games because they are afraid of blowing his arm out. It’s a mess. It’s a total mess right now.”
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