Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday. Lucchino was asked if there was any discussion to suspend Alfredo Aceves after the pitcher appeared to show up manager Bobby Valentine last Wednesday after being removed in the sixth inning of a loss to the Yankees. Lucchino was also asked if there was concern the players union might file a protest if Aceves was suspended.
"Yes and yes. Actually, I should say yes on the first," Lucchino said. "There was discussion about it, but the decision was made that it was not necessary."
Lucchino suggested that no decision had been made regarding Aceves' future in the organization when asked whether he would be a starter or a reliever next year.
"That's a decision that will be made next spring by whatever team he is with. Maybe he's with us. We'll see. Maybe he's elsewhere. It's a little early to answer that question," said Lucchino. "We have so far [put up with his activities]. ... He is a valuable pitcher. His track record over the course of his major league career has been very impressive."
Jackie Bradley Jr. is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Sox organization following a 2012 season that saw the outfielder post an OBP of .430 in 128 games for Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Lucchino was asked if there is a possibility the 22-year-old Bradley could play for the Red Sox in 2013.
"I think it's possible, I think that is possible," Lucchino said. "Maybe not at the start of the season, but at some point during the year. I do think we have taken a very conservative approach historically to the advancement of players in our minor-league system. I think that's just an undeniable fact and I hope as we focus more on scouting and player development in the next few years that will change, that there will be a presumption for slightly more rapid growth."
Valentine pinch-hit Daniel Nava for Jose Iglesias in the middle of an at-bat last Sunday in the seventh inning of a loss to the Blue Jays, a decison that surprised many if not most observers. Lucchino, however, understood the decision by Valentine to pinch-hit Nava for the stuggling Iglesias.
"I thought it was understandable ... The idea was to win the game for Lester," Lucchino said. "Lester pitched beautifully that day and the idea was it would be sort of nice to win the game for this guy. Again, Iglesias is 22 [years old]. He's got a lot of time to learn. One of the things he's demonstrated is there's a lot of offensive ground he has to cover in the next year. It's not as if we're talking about a guy who is going to be a cinch who will be in the big leagues next year. I thought [Valentine] was trying to win one for Lester, that's what he's trying to do."
Lucchino said that the Red Sox have seen positive developments from catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
"I think watching Lavarnway has been interesting. We have seen positive things from him -- his defense and his throwing in particular," said Lucchino. "The guy has hit everywhere he has been, at every level. I fully expect he will hit again."
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