|Shane Victorino blasts critics for saying he wanted to trade Red Sox prospects for Cole Hamels||03.26.15 at 10:20 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Over the past few days much has been made of Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels, with the Red Sox potentially giving up prospects (most notably Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart) to get a number one starter.
Victorino has taken exception to the matter and spoke to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford Thursday morning calling out the critics.
“Of course. I wouldn’t use the word surprised,” he said. “I think it’s just the understanding of what was being construed and these guys are obviously going to assume because those are the names that were attached. There is no reason why I would want anybody out of here. That’s not the basis of the conversation. The conversation was if you could go get a number one, would you give up pieces of the future to go get them? That was the question. It wasn’t this name specifically, that name just because those guys have been attached to these kinds of players or in trades that’s the people they assume I am talking about. I never mentioned any names in general — it could be a hitter, it could be a pitcher. Could be any team. I’m not talking about even just here.
“These guys, individuals that want to speak up and say certain things and put me out there like I am calling my teammates out — hey, come show up. Let me discuss this and talk to you in person rather than you make an assumption and that is the stuff as an athlete that upsets me. People who make comments and they don’t come in and justify the situation. You’re going to say on talk radio and you’re going to make those kinds of comments, don’t think that I don’t hear it, or somebody is not going to send me a message, or it’s not going to get back to me. Of course it is. Before you make that assumption, Mazz, and whoever you are, let’s get the situation of what I was trying to say. I never said anybody’s name. Trust me, if there is one guy I am an advocate of and I have been a believer in since day one, that’s him [Betts].
“I am not worried about the pitching aspect. I’ve played this game long enough. I was just saying in the scheme of things, anything, not even just here, that is the part they centered in on this team or Cole Hamels and the situation that was going on. Yes, Cole is a big guy, but at the end of the day I am just talking about in the scheme of things. When you talk about prospects, when you talk about these guys. If you got a guy to me, in my opinion that has been there and has done it, rather than ‘OK this guy is a prospect and he has a lot in the future or this guy can be compared to that player. Hey, why not go get the guy now and hey, if this guy turns out tip your cap and he turns out to be that player.’
“That for me, never being a prospect and understanding that situation and having guys ahead of me that were considered that prospect or this prospect, that is the part where I justify that question. That is what I look at. I am not looking at it any other way, no other speculation and like I said, these guys are going to take the headline, or take whatever is being talked about and go make it into a bigger fish. It’s a small fish.
|Photos: Spring baseball 2015||03.03.15 at 3:18 pm ET|
|Live blog: Follow all action as Red Sox kick off spring training games||03.03.15 at 12:40 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — While listening to the game on WEEI 850 AM with Rob Bradford and Joe Castiglione, you can also follow along as the Red Sox take on Northeastern and Boston College in a pair of seven-inning exhibition games. Join in the description and conversation of this season’s first spring training contests …
|Live Chat: Kirk Minihane live from Fort Myers, 11 a.m.||03.02.15 at 11:27 pm ET|
Join Kirk Minihane of the Dennis and Callahan Show for a live chat, Tuesday morning starting at 11. Get your questions in now …
|Mike Lupica on D&C: ‘I believe that sooner than later [Yankees] will be sold by the Steinbrenners||02.24.15 at 8:29 am ET|
New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning to discuss what is happening with the Yankees, especially Alex Rodriguez, and other sports matters. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Lupica wasn’t surprised the Yankees were outbid by the Red Sox for 19-year-old Cuban Yoan Moncada. He actually believes this is part of a long-term plan for the Yankees, that the team might be soon for sale.
“I want you to remember, to me the turning point for the Yankees and why — this is only my theory, I believe that sooner than later this baseball team will be sold by the Steinbrenners,” said Lupica. “I think they are already setting up a machinery that they aren’t going to saddle them with anymore A-Rod like [contracts]. [Max] Scherzer to me was the sign. Scherzer fit the Yankee blueprint perfectly. He was over 30, you knew the back end of the contract was going to turn out to be absolute crap, but he was irresistible because why? He was available.
“When they didn’t sign Scherzer, to me, that was a sign that they’ve completely changed doing business. To me, the fact they got outbid on the Cuban kid, that didn’t surprise me in the least because if you’re not going to spend on Scherzer, you’re not going to spend…”
Rodriguez reported to Yankees spring training on Monday, and Lupica also had a thought regarding the Yankees‘ designated hitter.
“Here’s what I think is going to happen. I think he is eventually going to limp away from this sport,” Lupica said. “… I think he’ll maybe show some early speed. I think he’ll maybe pass Willie Mays [in home runs]. I believe before this year is out — sooner rather than later he will limp away from this sport for good.”
|Video: Red Sox fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ as equipment truck leaves for Florida||02.12.15 at 1:23 pm ET|
Thursday was the annual Red Sox Truck Day, and fans came out despite the snow to celebrate the approaching baseball season. Here’s a video of Sox fans singing “Sweet Caroline” as the truck gets ready to depart:
And here’s a look at the truck leaving. Next stop: Fort Myers.
|Live chat: Talking Red Sox, Hot Stove with Rob Bradford, noon||12.23.14 at 9:48 am ET|
Join Rob Bradford of WEEI.com for a live chat Tuesday, starting at noon. Ask Bradford any and all questions about the Red Sox, the Hot Stove season, or anything else. Get your questions in now …
|Red Sox Hot Stove Live Chat, Thursday at 10 a.m.||12.18.14 at 6:55 am ET|
WEEI.com’s Alex Speier fields your questions in today’s 10 a.m. chat. Line up your questions now . . .
|Source: Red Sox have agreement with Justin Masterson||12.11.14 at 12:17 pm ET|
The Red Sox have a one-year agreement with free agent right-hander Justin Masterson, a source tells WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The source adds the deal is for $9.5 million with incentives. The signing was first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney.
According to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier, Red Sox medical officials met with Masterson last week after he endured a season-long struggle with health in 2014 that stemmed from torn cartilage in his rib cage and a consequent buildup of scar tissue. (A detailed look at Masterson’s injuries last year can be found here) The injuries contributed to a year-long struggle (7-9, 5.88 ERA in 28 games and 25 starts) with the Indians and Cardinals.
Masterson was drafted by the Red Sox in the second-round of the 2006 draft. He pitched in 67 games with the Red Sox, mostly out of the bullpen, between 2008-09 going 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA. Masterson was traded by the Sox to the Indians with prospects Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price at the ‘09 trade deadline for Victor Martinez.
The Red Sox now have a starting rotation (not in any order) of: Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and you could also throw Anthony Ranaudo into the mix given his major league experience last year.
|Poll: Should Red Sox have upped offer to sign Jon Lester?||12.10.14 at 9:12 am ET|
Jon Lester decided to accept a reported six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs late Tuesday night. The Red Sox apparently did not offer near that much money.
How do you feel about the Red Sox refusing to match the Cubs’ offer?
Should the Red Sox have upped their offer to sign Jon Lester?
- No, a six-year, $155 million deal for a 31-year-old pitcher is not smart business (69%)
- Yes, they have the money and they should have spent it (31%)
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