Hey everybody, I'm in a place where the marine layer has yet to burn off, but when it does that soCal sun will be shining, yet at night, the Angels feel obliged to turn the heaters on in the pressbox. So much for energy conservation. But I digress. On to the questions
What now with Mike Lowell? Leave him on the roster and hope he pinch hits a home run in the World Series in the National League ballpark?
Mike would have me on speed-dial, Chuck, if he thought I had an answer. Look, for those who say what does a guy making $12 million have to complain about, Mike hears you. He's not complaining about anything in his life, beyond the fact that he can't do the single thing he loves more than anything, which is to play baseball. By his logic, he played last season, feeling 10 times worse than he does this season, and still put up some numbers, even tho it was ugly at times. He thinks he could still play and help someone win. But the Tigers are now out on him, and the Rangers will be, too, if they pull off the Cantu deal. If the Sox activate Lowell, it will come at the expense of, I'm guessing, Eric Patterson, whose versatility makes him more useful in some ways to Tito than Mike is. They've ruled out releasing him, though
Even though they played well enough to win last night, I'm still losing hope. I don't doubt that the Sox can turn it around and get hot but I'm fearing the Ray's and Those damn Yankee's are just too good. Please tell me I'm wrong and that we still have a good chance at making the playoffs.
Dave, I guess we can't blame your feelings on good old-fashioned New England pessimism, since you live in Carolina, tho I'm thinking you're maybe a transplanted New Englander. Hey, that sentiment is understandable. The Yankees are rolling and have the kind of lead in the division that a good team is not going to blow. The Rays are back to playing real good ball, and we're chatting the night after Garza throws a no-no. Theo and his men are hard-eyed realists, which is why they're going to balk at shedding good prospects for a relief piece. They may sit out this deadline, see where the team is in early to mid-August, then lay a waiver claim on somebody.
If I break a bone in my foot it will take 6-12 months to heal. What type of treatment is Pedroia getting to allow his break to heal in weeks instead of months?
Bill, are you talking about a broken foot or a mangled foot? Six weeks falls within the normal span of how long it takes a broken bone to heal. Keep your feet away from all machinery.
Is Adam Dunn a done deal to stay in Washington?
Hardly, Matt. I think someone will step up in the final hours and pull the trigger on a deal, especially either of the AL Central teams, the White Sox or Tigers.
Do you think girls are cool?
I think my wife is cool, my daughter is cool, my nieces are cool, my mom is cool. Must be getting pretty bored in Purgatory to be wasting your time like this.
Should the Sox bring up Bodden and trade Delcarmen and Ramirez and get Scott Downs? I think that the Bodden-Downs combo in the bullpen would be alot more effective.
Danny, I do think Michael Bowden will indeed be a part of this bullpen puzzle before long, and that one or the other, Ramirez or Delcarmen, are available in a deal. Right now, Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos is asking for at least one quality prospect, maybe two, for Downs. I think Theo will tread very carefully here. The price may not be right in the end
Gordon, what's with the rumors that Delcarmen and Ramirez are available via trade? I thought the Sox were trying to improve the bullpen, not deplete it further...
I think there is frustration with how they have performed, and so they've let teams know they'd listen.
Gordon, this doesn't feel like "the year". The injury problems have left us 5 games back in the WC race nearing August. Should the Sox switch to seller mode and get some prospects or dip into the farm system to acquire some talent? I'd hate to see an Anderson-for-Bagwell deal in a lost season.
Stephen, Sox are five behind Tampa Bay, six in the loss column, with 62 games to play. that's do-able, especially when they play each other six more times this season, but tough. I'm not sure which players you're thinking of to sell off. You're certainly not going to make a front-line star available now, and the spare parts aren't going to bring you anything. But yes, I think we'll see Bowden back, and perhaps Doubront, and if the Sox when healthy are still in the hunt, a very real possibility, I could see Theo trying to add on through the waiver route
when will Pedora and Ellbery be coming off the dl?
Larry, I've had bosses who spell as creatively as you, and I think they were typing with their toes, too. I think we're still a couple of weeks away with Pedroia, who would like to be ready for the Yankee series that begins Aug. 6, but even that might be pushing it. Close, but pushing it. I do think it's realistic to think Ellsbury could be back by then, if not for the Cleveland series before then.
Hi Gordon,Do you think the Red Sox are a 1-2, or multiple players away from contention?
Gregg, getting Beckett and the other injured guys back is the equivalent of a big-time trading deadline deal. This team is built to win, and if Lackey continues to deal like he has done in his last two starts, I'll put this rotation up against anyone's. The danger is in falling too far behind before you get everyone back. This team needs one reliable arm in the pen, but that's a tough commodity to find. But look at how the Sox got Billy Wagner last season, with a waiver claim. Something like that could happen again.
Gordon, Do you think a deal with the Rockies for Spilbourghs and Beimel would be something Theo is interested in? Thanks Steve
Steve, that's an interesting proposition, and the reliever, Beimel, especially would have interest to a lot of clubs. But the Rockies have to decide if they're buyers and sellers in this thing. And I don't know that you concede a division as weak as the NL West
With Adrian Beltre having a career year and wanting a huge contract at the end of this season do u see the sox trading him away now? platooning lowell and youk at 3rd and youk and vmart at 1st
Not a chance. To me, the question is how hard the Sox try to keep him after this season. He'll be expensive, because he almost certainly will test FA waters again, but he's been outstanding.
Hello, any chance the Sox would be willing to move or include Bucholz in a deal for Werth or Corey Hart?
Rick, none whatsoever. Buchholz is on the cusp of becoming one of the elite pitchers in the league. The Sox were smart in keeping Lester instead of dealing him for Santana, and they were lucky in holding onto Buchholz, who I think could have been had in a Halladay deal last summer.
Heard rumors KC may move Soria, any chance the sox make an offer for him?
I've heard the same stuff you have, and I'd have to think the Royals would have to be overwhelmed to move Soria. They hold club options on him all the way through the 2014 season, at very reasonable money.
I understand that the ownership has invested a lot in this team and that fans have already paid high prices to attend games in august and september, but have there at least been discussions about becoming sellers at the deadline? Isn't Adrian Beltre's value at an all-time high right now? Maybe we use his value to get out of the beckett contract?
Nick, I don't think the Sox want to get out from under the Beckett contract, and I'm not sure you'd get that much back for Beltre as a two-month rental. I think the clubhouse would revolt if ownership signalled they were giving up on this season.
Are the Braves happy with Gonzales? Do they believe that that was the missing link to going into the playoffs?
Clay, I'm not sure they viewed Alex Gonzalez as the missing link, but they'd definitely grown tired of Escobar wasting away his great talent
What is the situation with Ellsbury? Is the organization thinking of trading him after his airing of dirty laundry to the media or will he be returning and sticking around for the future?
Tony, if the Sox trade Ellsbury--and I do think they'll listen to offers this winter--it won't be because of anything he said to the media. I think this summer has left a bad taste for both the player and management, certainly with the medical staff. but I think it hasn't impacted the relationship between agent Scott Boras and Theo Epstein. I still think Jacoby can be a very productive and useful player here, but he could be a valuable piece in a deal for an impact player.
Hey, thanks everyone, I've got to get back on the horn and see what I kind find out tradewise. Chat with you next week.