The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Olney on M&M: Sox will 'stay pat' at deadline
Wed, 07/25/2012 - 12:48pm  

Olney on M&M: Sox will 'stay pat' at deadline

ESPN MLB analyst Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon, saying the Red Sox will not make a move before July 31.

"I'm sure they're making their calls and seeing what the value with some of these deals are," Olney said. "As long as they're in the no-man's land they're going to sit and stay pat."

Added Olney: "We talked a couple weeks ago about [Matt] Garza, well he's not really an option at this point. And Josh Johnson might be out there with the Marlins, they would ask for something significant in return, but part of the big reason for getting Josh Johnson is you can control him for this year and try to win this year as well to have him next year. It doesn't make any sense where the Red Sox are to do that. The guys that they have now have to play better before anybody who comes in would actually help."

Two of the players who aren't performing well are Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, pitchers Olney said the Red Sox can't trade away for good deals.

"It makes more sense if you're going to consider to give up Lester, and I think he would be the guy, someone who would draw a lot of interest in the rest of baseball if he were to go on a run here at the end of the year," Olney said. "At that point I think in the wintertime for sure you have those conversations. You have them about Josh Beckett.

"Let's face it, if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs there's going to be another reckoning coming as there was last year where they're going to have a lot of conversations about what direction do you want to go."

Olney added that the Red Sox never were in serious talks to obtain Hanley Ramirez, despite multiple rumors.

"The conversation probably lasted less time than it took to ask your question," Olney said. "That's how seriously it was taken by the Red Sox. Not at all. They were literally about, 'What about about [Carl] Crawford and Hanley?' 'No.' 'OK, well we'll move on.' These types of conversations happen all the time, but that one never had any traction, expect in the media where it got a lot of traction."

He dispelled the possibility of the Rangers, who are looking for pitching, swapping a prospect for Beckett.

"I'm speculating, but I'm guessing the Rangers would blink first because there are just general concerns at this point about what Josh Beckett is," Olney said. "The Rangers people have told me, 'Look, we want an upgrade over what we have.' What they have is pretty good. They have a lot of good arms there. When Neftali Feliz is in the rotation and he's healthy he can be pretty good. Right now, what is Josh Beckett? Is he a No. 4? Is he a guy who, if you put him in the ballpark down there, is going to give up a lot of runs? Is he going to be re-energized? Unless the Red Sox absolutely put him on the platter I can't see the Rangers making that deal in-season."

To listen to the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.




Audio On Demand

Ian Rapoport @RAPSHEET, N…

Ian Rapoport @RAPSHEET, NFL Network, chats with Chris Price on NFL Sunday 4-19-15

Ian talks with Chris about the NFL offseason and specifically what the Pats have done and will do. He talks about NFL free agency, if Brandon Spike will come back to New England, all things NFL Draft and more in an extensive interview.

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

in hour 2 of NFL Sunday, Greg and Chris discuss some news from around the league including the Philip Rivers situation in San Diego, if the Titans may sign Rivers, where Marcus Mariota may end up, and what the Jets will do. Price talks with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport about all things NFL offseason and the draft. Finally, the guys touch on if the NFL is over-saturating fans with too much coverage all year round now.

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price - HOUR #1 - 4-19-15

Greg and Chris talk a ton of NFL Draft in hour 1 of the show. They discuss what the Pats might do with their early picks and get Mike Petraglia's thoughts on the issue as well.

Dickerson and Tomase disc…

Dickerson and Tomase discuss the Celtics and their upcoming playoff series against the Cavs 4-19-15

Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?

Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

Xander Bogaerts with Joe …

Xander Bogaerts with Joe and Dave

Xander had the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th to get the Red Sox on top of the Baltimore Orioles 3-2, he talked with Joe and Dave after the game about what his thought process during the at-bat was and the excitement of a walk-off.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Buccholz quit on Sunday. 4-16-15

Buster Olney of ESPN joins the guys to talk about the first two weeks of the baseball season. They discuss the struggling Red Sox rotation and the potential of the high-powered offense.

Ryan Hanigan with Joe and Dave

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan after the Red Sox come back to beat the Nationals 8-7.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL repor…

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

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.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

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!

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #1 - 4-19-15

DJ, Naoko and Pete get into the huge week for the Bruins that saw the franchise move on from GM Peter Chiarelli. They discuss why that was done and if they agree. What does this mean for Claude? They talk about Claude and if he can exist here. If not, who would work in Boston? They also get into the NHL Draft Lottery last night and talk to ESPN Boston's Joey "National" McDonald live from Tampa, Florida.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Ben Affleck hiding his family history 4-20-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk discuss Ben Affleck's attempt to hide his family's history of being slave owners in a recent documentary.

Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run" 4-20-15

The guys talk with Christopher McDougall about his best selling book, "Born to Run," and its future adaptation into a movie.

Reactions to a bad weekend for the Red Sox 4-20-15

The guys talk about the David Ortiz ejection, the poor pitching performances and everything else from an ugly weekend series against the Orioles.

Aloha Friday - Christian …

Aloha Friday - Christian The Country Star. 4-17-15

Kyle Draper and Sports Radio Hack Lou Merloni make up after beefing earlier in the week, Aaron Hernandez gets taken down by Larry Willmore, and our very own Christian Fauria makes his Country Music Debut

Mike Gorman: Celtics will win in 6. 4-17-15

Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman joins the guys to defend his prediction of Celtics in 6.

Are the Red Sox instructing Hanley not to dive in the outfield? 4-17-15

After some suspicious outfield play from Red Sox Left Fielder Hanley Ramirez, the guys question whether or not he has what it takes to play in the outfield, a position he has never played before.

Can the Celts steal one i…

Can the Celts steal one in Cleveland before returning home to the Garden?

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics loss in game one, and whether or not they can steal game two before returning to Boston on Thursday.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 04-20-15

We wrap up the day with some of the best sound you may have missed.

Celtics set to take on the Cavs in round one: Do they have a realistic shot at an upset?

Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart discuss this year's Celtics as they enter the playoffs to take one of the best teams in the East in the NBA Playoffs.

The Mikey Adams Show 4-20…

The Mikey Adams Show 4-20 Edition with Lenny Megs & Erin the Textress on Patriots Day

Mikey, Lenny, and Erin talk about the Sox 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Patriots Day and the Sox hold on first place in the AL East. Also, the Celtics trail the Cavs 1 Game to 0 in their 1st Round series and the 2015 Boston Marathon is in the books.

The Planet Mikey Show Monday 4-13 Sox Home Opener and Season Ender

Mikey Adams, joined by Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani, talks about the Red Sox home opening win at Fenway and the Bruins fallout after missing the playoffs including the future of Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien.

Chris Price joins Mike Mutnansky

Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season

We Love Anthony Davis - 2…

We Love Anthony Davis - 2015 Playoff Preview

Ben and Sam are joined by Julian Edlow from WEEI.com to give their predictions on every series in the NBA Playoffs.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - 2014-15 Bruins Autopsy

Jerry is joined by hockey writer Brian "Rear Admiral" McGonagle of Barstool Sports to perform a post-mortem on what happened to the 2014-15 Bruins, who's to blame and where the team goes from here.

SoccerCast - Champions League Matchups, Transfer Rumors

Ben and Alex break down Leg 1 of the quarter finals of the Champions League and talk about some of the most interesting transfer rumors.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Ben Affleck hiding his family history 4-20-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk discuss Ben Affleck's attempt to hide his family's history of being slave owners in a recent documentary.

More from this show

Reactions to a bad weeken…

Reactions to a bad weekend for the Red Sox 4-20-15

The guys talk about the David Ortiz ejection, the poor pitching performances and everything else from an ugly weekend series against the Orioles.

More from this show

Getting Ready for Maratho…

Getting Ready for Marathon Monday 4-20-15

Gary, Gerry and Kirk broadcast live from the new AT&T store at the Boston Marathon finish line and give their support for Kirk who gets ready to run.

More from this show

Christopher McDougall, au…

Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run" 4-20-15

The guys talk with Christopher McDougall about his best selling book, "Born to Run," and its future adaptation into a movie.

More from this show

Red Sox Review 4-19-15 Wi…

Red Sox Review 4-19-15 With Danny Picard

Rex Sox review with Danny Picard after a 8-3 loss to the Orioles, also Danny talks the Game 1 loss for the Celtics in Cleveland.

More from this show

Weei Writers