Hall of Fame baseball reporter and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show and talked about trade deadline news involving the Red Sox.
Gammons said it seems likely that the Red Sox will focus on starting pitching, although the price for Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez appears to be too high. But with Andrew Miller struggling, the Sox might be forced to be more aggressive on the trade market.
"They're not going to get Ubaldo Jimenez; they're not getting a front-line guy," Gammons said. "I was told that Andrew probably will start one more time. And if he'll go back to throwing the ball the way he did earlier in the season -- just letting it go. It's very clear that when he starts thinking about throwing strikes, he reverts to his Florida nightmare and slows his arm action down. After that, they can see. They can put him in the bullpen for the rest of the year or whatever, and take him to spring training at the age of 26. But yeah, I think that there's no question [they go after a starting pitcher].
"Even when they were struggling a little bit on the road, I had one Red Sox official say to me -- I said, 'Are you sold on Josh Reddick in right field?' And he said, 'I don't lose any sleep over right field. I do occasionally lose sleep over pitching.' And I think that's exactly where they'll go."
Gammons said Dodgers righty Hiroki Kuroda remains a possibility, although there are questions about how he would hold up in the American League East.
"I don't believe the Red Sox will give up anything really good to get him," he said. "Maybe they trade [minor league catcher Tim] Federowicz, the way [Ryan] Lavarnway has moved up. But again, he's going to catch in the big leagues for a pretty good amount of time. Do you give those guys up? They had the best backup catcher in baseball in [David] Ross and let him go. He's been invaluable to the Braves."
As for rumors that the Red Sox are in the hunt for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, Gammons said the veteran slugger is a possibility but not a priority.
Said Gammons: "When you're the best offensive team in baseball and you are struggling, you are concerned about whether [Clay] Buchholz is going to come back and you are a little worried about Andrew Miller, is it wise to prioritize getting Carlos Beltran? Now, he would be a terrific addition, there's no question."
Gammons said the Giants make the most sense for Beltran and that the Indians, despite offering to pay the rest of Beltran's salary, appear to be out of the running because Beltran wants a team with a better shot at a title.
Assuming Beltran doesn't end up in Boston, the Sox still might make a move for an outfielder.
"This is going to be tax-free weekend at Walmart for right-handed-hitting outfielders, relief pitchers and utility players. So, there will be a lot of guys available," Gammons said. "I always thought that the most logical guy for the Red Sox is Reed Johnson from the Cubs. Because they will not even discuss trading Jeff Baker, they won't discuss trading Marlon Byrd.
"So, Reed Johnson is probably the most logical. He's hitting .356 against left-handers. His OPS is over .900 against lefties. He's a pretty good player. He plays really hard. He would be a good addition to platoon with Reddick, or fill in."
As for help in the infield, Gammons said: "I don't know whether you take a shot with [Rafael] Furcal for the rest of the season or somebody like that. But I don't think there are that many good middle-infield position players out there."
Touching on the apparent blown call in the 19th inning of Tuesday night's game that gave the Braves a victory over the Pirates, Gammons said umpire Jerry Meals' controversial decision may help lead to expanded use of instant replay.
"I think it may. I think it probably will," Gammons said. "Bud Selig is trying to weigh it in every way. … I think fans want it so badly. And I think there's a credibility issue, that they've said, 'Let's get these calls right.' This isn't the '50s, this is 2011, it will be 2012 next year. I think in the end they'll figure out a way to do it with the umpires and make it work right."
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.
Hour 3. Gerry and Mut defend Brady while Kirk thinks it’s a little suspicious. Callers weigh in on the Tome Brady piece. Climate marches are taking place across the country.
Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.
Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.
Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.
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Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
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Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
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Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.
Ken & Chris are back at the postgame recaps after a Monday K&C with Mut.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.More from this show
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