Peter Gammons on D&C: ‘I don’t think there’s any remorse’ from Red Sox about signing Stephen Drew
|06.09.14 at 9:16 am ET|
Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about the struggles of Stephen Drew and the outlook of the 2014 season for the Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The return of Drew has not brought positive results for Boston. Since Drew returned to the club last Monday, the Red Sox have posted a 1-5 record and sit nine games out of first place in the division. Gammons stated that he believes the Boston media played a large role in bringing about the signing of Drew.
“I think so. … There was so much about, ‘Oh, [Xander] Bogaerts can’t play short.’ The fact is, when you get into a situation which they’re in, which they’re trying to develop young players and contend at the same time, you go through some periods,” Gammons said, adding: “It wasn’t like Bogaerts was terrible. I thought that there was so much made of, ‘We have to have Stephen Drew.’ … “What is the long-term impact of that? You keep moving him back and forth. … The greater need, in my mind, was another bat, particularly the outfield.
“So you take $10 million and put it into Stephen Drew and now [Will] Middlebrooks comes back and he sits or goes to Pawtucket and they don’t have that bat in the outfield. I just think that it just got a little crazy and I really felt, day in and day out, that it was as if I had to read and hear that it was Bogaerts’ fault that they weren’t winning, and I just thought that was silly.”
While Drew has been unimpressive at the plate so far this season with a .071/.188/.071 line in four games, Gammons noted that he doesn’t believe the Red Sox have any buyer’s remorse in terms of inking the shortstop to a deal last month.
“I don’t think there’s any remorse,” Gammons said. “They really like Drew, and I’ll say this: [Sox general manager] Ben Cherington‘s still a great believer in Middlebrooks. Very strong believer. There will be a decision made another year from now. … There are so many political angles at play here that you’ve just got to wonder, ‘What are they going to be a year from now?’ ”
With the team fourth in the AL East with a lackluster 28-34 record, many have brought up the possibility that the Red Sox might put players such as Jon Lester or John Lackey on the trade market in order to get some value during a lost season. Gammons doesn’t agree with the notion of Boston playing the role of seller this season.
“I don’t think they sell, just because of the nature of the Boston fans and because of the nature of the market and because of NESN,” Gammons said. “I think they stick with it and hope they have a really good last month and find enough starting pitching stability to be able to make a run the last two months of the season. I think they really believe that’s possible.”
Gammons continued: “I don’t think that they would move Lester, Lackey or [Koji] Uehara. I do think that they would move [A.J.] Pierzynski and bring up [Christian] Vasquez if they were 11 or 12 [games out]. I think you would probably see Mookie Betts around the 15th of August, just the way we saw Bogaerts come up last year. I don’t think that they’ll go in any big-time sell-off, because I think that they still believe that they can sign Lester, eventually work something out with Lackey, maybe on a two-year deal and then try to keep the pitching staff.”
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