• Bosox G.M. Says Team Not Quitting On 2012

    Posted by on July 27th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    Via WEEI.com -

    Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, said he’s confident the team can turn its fortunes around and make the playoffs without mortgaging the future.

    Cherington said the baseball operations staff has been active and will continue to be so leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline. The Sox play the first-place Yankees in New York this weekend.

    “We spend more time in the room talking with each other about deals, and maybe have 30 or 40 phone calls with other teams throughout the course of the day,” he said. “I assume that will continue, and the subject matter of those phone calls will depend some on what other teams do and some on what we do this weekend.”

    Cherington stressed that the Sox are well within contention for the playoffs.

    “When we look at where we are in the standings, I guess particularly the teams that are right ahead of us in the wild card chase, we don’t believe that any of those teams are better than us, or necessarily more talented than us. So in that sense we’re not of the mindset of giving in on anything. We want to try to win, and if there’s ways to improve our chances of winning and catching those teams, we want to do that. You have to be smart about it. You have to gauge the potential return you’re getting on a deal relative to where you are.

    “Like I said, we are where we are. We’re 49-50. We feel this is as good a team as the other teams that are sort of clustered right ahead of us. We also have to be mindful that you have two months left and we’ve dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, and we’ve got to be smart about giving up too many long-term assets to try to get a little better the next two months. That doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to improve the team, and do it in a wise manner and a prudent manner. We’ll definitely work to do that.”

    Added Cherington: “It’s an unusual position for us to be in. That’s the truth. Our approach at the deadline most every year that I’ve been here in the front office has been pretty clear. We’re trying to improve the team. This deadline is going to take more of a nuanced approach, but we’re certainly still focused on 2012 and doing everything we can to win as many games as we can this year.”

    Josh Beckett has become a focal point of fans’ frustration with the underachieving Sox, but Cherington said the team is more focused on adding players.

    “Taking Josh Beckett off this team is not necessarily improving things,” he said. “We need to add, we need to improve the rotation, if anything — improve internally or add to the rotation. I think we’re sort of stuck in neutral if we start taking guys out of the rotation who are good major league pitchers.”

    Related, when was the last time that a Yankees/Red Sox series in late July had as little “buzz” as this weekend’s match-up?

    Comments on Bosox G.M. Says Team Not Quitting On 2012

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 27th, 2012 | 5:28 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Related, when was the last time that a Yankees/Red Sox series in late July had as little “buzz” as this weekend’s match-up?

      2000-2002 is what I’d guess.

    2. 77yankees
      July 27th, 2012 | 10:15 pm

      You know the Red Sox are mailing it in when a Yankee-Boston nine inning game completes in under 2:45.

      Usually at that time they’re normally in the 6th inning.

    3. redbug
      July 28th, 2012 | 6:38 am

      Before the game, I was aggravated it was on against the Olympic opening. After a few times back and forth, I stuck w/ the Yanks. What a boring Olympic opening!

    4. July 28th, 2012 | 8:50 am

      Man, the Red Sox really suck this year. Just saying.

    5. Scout
      July 28th, 2012 | 9:22 am

      They looked lifeless in game one, from the manager on down. No spark, no energy. Their faces suggested a non-contending team in September, waiting for the season to be over.

    6. July 28th, 2012 | 10:54 am

      Did anyone else hear Michael Kay last night, covering for his buddy, saying that this is not a Bobby Valentine team and that Valentine has had his hands tied and has not been able to be himself this year?

    7. 77yankees
      July 28th, 2012 | 12:41 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Valentine has had his hands tied and has not been able to be himself this year?

      Is that necessarily a bad thing??? :-)

    8. July 28th, 2012 | 1:00 pm

      @ redbug:

      You can say that again.

    9. July 28th, 2012 | 1:45 pm

      The Valentine situation is an interesting one. It reminds me of Leo Durocher, in Leo’s Houston years. The fire is gone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him call it quits for good before the season is over.

      To sum up Valentine’s career as a manager I need to steal a line from the Grateful Dead, “what a long strange trip its been”.

      I just hope he doesn’t go back to ESPN (the Sunday night crew is bad enough already).

    10. Raf
      July 28th, 2012 | 9:15 pm

      So much for that…

    11. July 29th, 2012 | 7:40 am

      Raf wrote:

      So much for that…

      Was John singing “The Grandy Man Can’t!” after that “play”?

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