|Jayson Stark on M&M: ‘So many issues and they tend to linger’ with Erik Bedard||08.03.11 at 1:14 pm ET|
ESPN baseball insider Jayson Stark joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Red Sox and the trading deadline. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Red Sox landed pitcher Erik Bedard from the Mariners in a last-minute deal Sunday, as part of a three-team trade also involving the Dodgers. The Red Sox were also rumored to have a deal in place for Athletics pitcher Rich Harden Saturday night, but that did not go through because of concerns regarding Harden’s heath.
Stark explained why the Sox appeared to be more interested Harden than Bedard.
“I think there have always been worries about the fit for Erik Bedard and his personality in a town like Boston, I think that was part of it,” Stark said. “The other part of it was they matched up better with Oakland than they did with Seattle. I mean, the Seattle deal ended up being very complicated, [Seattle] wanted two players back, and one of them to be a big league-ready outfielder/position player, and the Red Sox really didn’t have that guy to trade. They had very little time to put that deal together. I am told they didn’t have a match until the Dodgers stepped in.”
Stark went on to say that maybe Bedard was the Red Sox’ only option to add a starting pitcher and that is why they traded for the injury-plagued pitcher. Bedard has only pitched in one game since June after going on the disabled list because of a sprained knee.
“He hasn’t thrown a pitch in August or September in any season since 2007,” Stark said. “When he goes out there, other than the debacle the other night, he is usually pretty good. How often is he going to go out there? I don’t think that is a question anyone can answer. Given the fact that the Red Sox had virtually no options at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon, he was the best they could do.”
Added Stark: “Anything can linger with Erik Bedard. There have been so many issues and they tend to linger. The Mariners really took their time with this one. From what I heard, he probably could have pitched a week or 10 days earlier than he did. They wanted to wait ’til they got off the road and pitched him in Seattle where he is comfortable, and put him the best possible environment and a pitcher’s park. ‘¦ You have to see him for what he was. There was a market where there were almost no options and he was the last option standing.”
|Jayson Stark on D&H: Red Sox could deal Jacoby Ellsbury||12.14.10 at 7:02 pm ET|
With Lee now heading to Philadelphia with a five-year, $120 million deal, the Phillies have an abundance of starting pitching at a high price. Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that the Red Sox and Phillies had a deal in place for Joe Blanton. Stark was asked if Blanton would make sense for the Red Sox.
“Not particularly,” said Stark of Blanton, who has two years and $17 million left on his contract. “I think the Red Sox were willing yesterday to do anything to help the Phillies make this [Lee] deal happen. They would have been a very accommodating trade partner. Joe Blanton doesn’t fit for them. Think about the last time Joe Blanton set foot in Fenway Park. Daniel Nava can tell you all about it. I don’t see Joe Blanton as an AL East kind of guy.”
What is the next move for the Yankees, who now appear to be reeling after missing on Lee? Stark suggests that the Yankees are still trying to figure out what the next step should be, but a move made on Tuesday could lead to a bigger deal down the line.
“The Yankees really haven’t even formulated Plan B,” said Stark. “They were so obsessed, so fixated on Cliff Lee that they were willing to basically put all their resources into him and worry about what happens if they don’t get him later. There’s no doubt that the Russell Martin deal gives them ammunition to make a trade later. Catching is the strongest, deepest part of their system and now they have catching to deal. So I don’t think these deals are disconnected ‘¦ I think it’s more likely than ever that they’ll make a big deal before the deadline.”
In contrast to the Yankees, the Red Sox have had an extraordinarily productive off-season, adding Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Stark was asked if the Sox could make another high-impact move.
“I don’t think there’s a whole lot more for the Red Sox to do,” Stark said. “They’re in the tweaking stage right now. I think they are going to listen on Mike Cameron. I don’t think they’re likely to trade him because if you start to look at that outfield and start thinking about how likely it is that Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew play 140 games each, you’ll see that it’s not that likely. So Mike Cameron still fits for them but he’s an interesting chip. But they’ve spent their money well and they’ve thought and looked over the horizon as they always do and it really showed.”
Is there any chance that the addition of Crawford means a possible deal involving Jacoby Ellsbury? Stark believes the Red Sox are happy with the team they have but won’t shut the door on a potential Ellsbury trade.
“I think it opens that possibility,” said Stark. “No doubt about it. The sense I get is that they are very content with how their team and outfield shapes up right now. But they’ve got four everyday outfielders and an everyday DH, so any time you are sitting in that spot it’s a great place to be. They’re in the driver’s seat now, they can totally call their own shots here and control where their off-season goes from here. Anything they do now, they do from strength. That’s not the case with the Yankees.”
To hear the entire interview, check out the Dale and Holley audio on demand page.
|Stark on D&H: Bullpen market is ‘abysmal’||07.21.10 at 2:10 pm ET|
ESPN baseball insider Jayson Stark talked to the Dale & Holley show Wednesday about what he’s heard from around the baseball world as July 31 looms. It seems like every team in contention, including the Red Sox, could look for some bullpen help via a trade, but according to Stark, they’re not finding much.
“Right now, I think [the Red Sox] are mostly focused on relief pitchers, and this is one of the most abysmal bullpen markets ever,” Stark said. “I think it’s almost unanimous that the most attractive relief pitcher on the market is, are you ready, Scott Downs of the Blue Jays. He’s being priced insanely high, and for a team in the division, the Red Sox, the Yankees, the price is probably twice as high. You wouldn’t get him for 60 cents on the dollar, you’d get him for like $2.60 on the dollar.”
If the Red Sox are running into trouble looking for a reliever, they may be in luck as they look for a right-handed bat because according to Stark, the Phillies are really trying to get rid of Jayson Werth, who the Sox reportedly have targeted in the past.
“It’s clear now that the Phillies are marketing Jayson Werth. Buster Olney and I spent a lot of time on this yesterday, last night. The Phillies are trying to trade for a starting pitcher. Clearly, they have their eyes on Roy Oswalt, and to make the money work for this year, they would make a companion deal and trade Jayson Werth. The Red Sox would be a team right at the front of the line if they can figure out how to match up with the Phillies. Right now, I’d say Tampa Bay’s ahead of them though.”
Some of highlights of that interview are below. To hear the entire interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
What is out there on the trade market for the Red Sox? Are there any players you could get for 50 or 60 cents on the dollar?
I think one of their issues is they have so many players coming back from injury that if you knew exactly who was coming back when and what they were going to be when they came back, it’d make them a lot easier to pinpoint exactly where they want to go. Right now, I think they’re mostly focused on relief pitchers, and this is one of the most abysmal bullpen markets ever. I think it’s almost unanimous that the most attractive relief pitcher on the market is, are you ready, Scott Downs of the Blue Jays. He’s being priced insanely high, and for a team in the division, the Red Sox, the Yankees, the price is probably twice as high. You wouldn’t get him for 60 cents on the dollar, you’d get him for like $2.60 on the dollar. So they run into issues there.
They also like to address a right-handed thumper if they could. It’s clear now that the Phillies are marketing Jayson Werth. Buster Olney and I spent a lot of time on this yesterday, last night. The Phillies are trying to trade for a starting pitcher. Clearly, they have their eyes on Roy Oswalt, and to make the money work for this year, they would make a companion deal and trade Jayson Werth. The Red Sox would be a team right at the front of the line if they can figure out how to match up with the Phillies. Right now, I’d say Tampa Bay’s ahead of them though. Read the rest of this entry »
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