Red Sox Notes: Crawford, Lucchino, Marlins, Valentine

We heard earlier today that the Red Sox had lost interest in trading for Ryan Dempster, though they're still looking at another Cubs starter, Matt Garza.  Here are some more items out of Beantown…

  • Though Carl Crawford has struggled with injuries and performance since joining the Red Sox, he told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that he has no regrets about signing with the team in the 2010-11 offseason.
  • Team president Larry Lucchino discussed the recent Crawford-to-Miami trade rumors on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan radio show (WEEI.com's Kirk Minihane has a partial transcript).  "Dan Jennings, the guy from the Marlins front office who drafted Carl Crawford, was up in Boston scouting, presumably, Carl Crawford and others when Ben [Cherington] let us about the fact that there had been an inquiry," Lucchino said. "And given the encouragement that we offer regarding being bold I'm sure he asked them what they had in mind. That's just par for the course for this time of year. You explore all the possibilities, big ones, bold ones, small ones, incremental ones, whatever you can do."
  • Also from Lucchino's interview, he thinks Cherington is "empowered" to make a big move at the trade deadline. "This is a club has been built on bold moves over the years, going back to the Nomar Garciaparra trade as one example," Lucchino said. "There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Ben Cherington and the entire baseball operations are all pointed to working hard to July 31."
  • Manager Bobby Valentine told reporters (including Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal) that he is open to roster improvements though he doesn't "see any gaping holes on our team."


34 Responses to Red Sox Notes: Crawford, Lucchino, Marlins, Valentine Leave a Reply

  1. Valentine announced he doesn’t “see any gaping holes on our team” immediately after placing Ciriaco in the DH position.

    • Crucisnh 3 years ago

      Oh, good grief. Just because the Sox don’t have some stud waiting in the wings to play DH when Ortiz goes on the DL doesn’t indicate that that’s a gaping hole on the team. Jeez.

      • Psycho Tim 3 years ago

        Say now, there still has to be at least one member of the Lars Anderson bandwagon out there.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      Because Ciriaco is the teams normal DH, and is going to be there the rest of the year, and they don’t have the best DH in the game coming back in a couple weeks, so they really need to trade for one, right?

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        What appreciate best when u post.. Cold simple.. Facts? HAHAHA

        Cheers

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      I’ll take a DH who’s batting .395 any day, personally!

  2. rainyperez 3 years ago

    Why would Crawford have regrets for signing a contract that gives you millions upon millions of dollars?

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      …because other teams also offered millions upon millions of dollars, and he might have liked it there better? thought this was obvious

      • rainyperez 3 years ago

        Wait a second I wasn’t criticizing the fact that he signed with the Red Sox?

        I was pointing out the fact that most people would not regret signing a piece of paper that would give you millions unless the trade off was having some obscene tattoo plastered on your face and you were contractually obligated to leave it there.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          right, and everyone knows that no one would regret that, so that wasn’t the question asked. the question was about signing such a piece of paper with boston, as opposed to signing one with another team

  3. OrangeCards 3 years ago

    If anything, Crawford is THRILLED he signed that contract before his game fell apart. Regrets? Silly talk.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      1 season? 6 more left? How many that hammered CC are going to remain silent when he returns to form?

      1st 3 games he hasn’t done too shabby and ATM can’t even throw the ball 70′.

      Electric CC has looked like the CC from the Rays on the base paths so far.

      • Tko11 3 years ago

        I hope youre right

      • OrangeCards 3 years ago

        He might rebound but what does that have to do with my comment?

        Rebound or not, he’s thrilled he signed in 2010 and not after that disastrous 2011 campaign.

      • NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

        You better hope he finds his form; also doesn’t he need TJ next year?

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          He is getting it after the season. For positional players? The return time is only 5 months or so. He should be back by the start of 2013.

  4. “Carl. We signed you to $142m deal to play for us, unfortunately you have been injured and not living up to expectations. Remember that no matter what happens, you get the $142m. Do you regret signing that deal?”

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      …the question isn’t about signing a big contract, but a big contract with the red sox

      • redsox927 3 years ago

        notsure: doesn’t matter how many times you say it… if your skull is thick your skull is thick.. I got it just like you did the first time i read it…

  5. Im scared to death of Cherington making a ‘big move’…..

  6. EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

    Bobby V doesn’t see any gaping holes…apparently the Grand Canyon sized crater in the starting rotation isn’t gaping enough. What will be gaping enough? A crater the size of the Mariana Trench? eeesh

    • itsmewade 3 years ago

      Shhh. Hopefully Theo doesn’t read this.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      they could use a competent manager

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      The back end of Buccholz, Doubront, and Cook/Morales have been performing as well as, or better than, could be expected (since Buchholz re-found his change up at least), and they aren’t going to be replacing Beckett or Lester, so while I agree that the rotation (in a broad sense) needs to be upgraded, the question is who you replace.

  7. John LeClair 3 years ago

    “I don’t see any gaping holes in our team.” Well than Bobby your blind then!

  8. OrangeCards 3 years ago

    “Ya know, I’ve struggled so much since signing that 9 figure, mega contract … I just, I dunno, I wish I had never signed.”

    – Things you’ll never hear an athlete say, ever.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      “Ya know, I’ve struggled so much since signing that 9 figure, mega contract … I just, I dunno, I wish I had never signed a 9 figure mega contract here

      – Things you could realistically hear an athlete say, though probably not to the local press in the place he’s still signed for years to come

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        I dont get what everyone is so confused about
        sure most people wouldnt regret signing that contract… but most people didnt have the same money offered to them in multiple locations.
        he wants out of the lime light.

  9. if craford might go to the marlins who will the sox get
    and crawford said he has NO regrets from signing with boston

  10. Carl Crawford would be a perfect fit in Left Field for the Dodgers. The question is what is Boston asking for in return?

  11. Docbot 3 years ago

    Do the reds have the parts to make a Carl Crawford trade? He would have a ton more upside than picking up a Juan Pierre or Shane Victorino and the Sox seem resigned to the fact that they are paying him one way or another…

  12. harmony55 3 years ago

    What is the trade value of a 22-year-old righthander with an ERA of 6.69 at Double A, a 23-year-old lefthander with an ERA of 5.36 at Double A and a 26-year-old righthander who has made an impressive comeback from Tommy John surgery to lower his career MLB ERA to 5.54 (in only 39 innings)?

  13. OrangeCards 3 years ago

    Did his game not fall apart in 2011? Would CC have preferred to sign a contract after 2011 instead of 2010?

    Then John didn’t really present any opposing arguments, he just suggested that he could return to form.

    If anything, he added to my point. He’s played in three games this year and can’t throw the ball 70 feet but is still signed for 140 million.

    CC is thrilled to have signed the contract while he was still one of the premier players in the game — because he isn’t currently.

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