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."
Dale and Holley with Matt Chatham discuss the details.
Michael McCann of SI.com joins the Dale and Holley show to talk about the latest news surrounding the legal case Brady vs the NFL
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of LeGarrette Blount to Patriots training camp on Saturday, the first day of full pads practice for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie, who had four hits, hit two home runs, and scored five runs in the win over the Rays at Fenway
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The one and only El Prez from Barstool on deflategate.
The top stories of the day.
The great Michael Wilbon joined us.
Greg and Lou defend some points they made yesterday about the Patriots defense.
Although Christian has all the power in NFL media circles, he's got NO game in his own relationship.
Chris Mortensen finally deleted his inaccurate tweet from January when he wrote that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were underinflated by 2lbs. Mort made the decision after speaking to Christian on the phone shortly before. Listen to Christian, Merloni and Dickerson tell the story here.
Dale, Matt Chatham and Butch Stearns start the show by discussing the news of the day... THE deleted tweet.
We close out the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed.
We discuss the induction of Big Will, and what he meant to this team for over a decade.
Mikey rants about Sandoval's weight, his lack of extra base hits, and his overall poor production in the month of July. Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani join in.
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Michael McCann of SI.com joins the show to talk about the latest news surrounding the legal case Brady vs the NFL
Mort finally talks about snubbing WEEI, Jay Pharoah imitates athletes, and Ronda Rousey kicks some ass.
Its Tom Brady's 38th birthday and we look back at some of his biggest milestones.
Mike Florio gave us his thoughts on Brady's appeal.More from this show
The one and only El Prez from Barstool on deflategate.More from this show
The top stories of the day.More from this show
Chris Mortensen finally deleted his inaccurate tweet from January when he wrote that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were underinflated by 2lbs. Mort made the decision after speaking to Christian on the phone shortly before. Listen to Christian, Merloni and Dickerson tell the story here.More from this show