|Red Sox clubhouse reacts to potential blockbuster trade||08.25.12 at 6:26 am ET|
With the recent reports that the Red Sox are close to completing a trade involving Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto, the buzz around the Red Sox clubhouse following Friday’s 4-3 win over the Royals was about the potential departure of those players.
Here is a rundown of some of the clubhouse reaction to the trade.
Bobby Valentine: “I would think everything we do is meant to energize the team, and you know, we win together and lose together. We fight together and we go through a lot of stuff together. It could help. It’s hard to say, if Adrian’s not part of a team, it’s hard to say it’s definitely going to help. I haven’t been around a more professional good guy, terrific player as him, in a long time, if ever.”
David Ortiz: “I think they’re looking to put the ballclub in a better situation next year. I’m not saying that we’re going to be in a better situation without those players. We’re about to find out. … [He and Gonzalez] talked a little bit. He’s shocked like we are a little bit. Adrian wants to be here, that’s why he came here — to help this ball club win World Series. To sign long-term like he did and to be out the second year, it’s kind of surprises you. But like I said yet, we don’t know yet what’s going to be better for our ballclub.”
Dustin Pedroia: “It’s a lot of talent, a lot of money, a lot of things. I don’t really know the details so I don’t really have anything for you.
“You build relationships with guys. You have been through a lot with them. That part is difficult. I don’t really know who is in it. I don’t really know. I heard about it an hour before the game and then played the game so I don’t really know what to think.”
Jon Lester: “I can’t really comment on it. Until it is actually done you can’t really predict the future and know how you are going to feel about it until it’s actually done. If it does get done we will move forward, if it doesn’t then we can move forward from there. So we can wait and see where this thing goes.”
Mike Aviles: “Any trade though is surprising because usually you don’t see things coming like that. We will see what happens and see how it unfolds and I guess I might have more for you tomorrow.
“Well normally the first thing you think of [when Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup] is, ‘trade.’ I don’t know if it is a rumor, I don’t know how close it is, but in all honesty all I know is he didn’t play today and it’s a possibility. Definitely sometimes it is hard to lose a player like him, but that is just the way it is.”
Cody Ross: “I don’t know what is going on. I heard a little bit, but I will answer that when something happens. … Nothing shocks me in this game. Stuff happens all the time. It’s the way the game is.”
Ryan Lavarnaway: “I didn’t really know what to think. I still don’t think it’s a done deal but I definitely trust [GM Ben Cherington] and I trust the front office that we are going to put together a team that is going to be competitive and they want to do what’s best for the future of this organization.”
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