The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Passan on D&C: Victorino an 'absurd' signing
Fri, 12/14/2012 - 3:32pm  

Passan on D&C: Victorino an 'absurd' signing

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Red Sox' offseason, the Angels' signing of Josh Hamilton and other baseball offseason news.

The Red Sox have acquired Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Ryan Dempster this offseason (assuming the Napoli and Dempster deals are made official), and Passan gives the team mixed grades for the moves.

"Napoli I get. Napoli makes sense," he said. "I'd prefer to pay a guy $13 million a year if he was going to catch more. But I think that he had a down year last year. And I'm not saying he's more like 2011 Napoli than 2012, but I think he's a comfortable in-between, and he's got a swing that was built for that ballpark, and he's got a personality that fits there. I didn't mind Napoli very much.

"Victorino was absurd. Shane Victorino might be a good fourth outfielder these days. Look, he can catch the ball a little bit, but they're paying him center field money to play a corner outfield spot with Jacoby Ellsbury there now and Jackie Bradley coming. Center field money for a guy who hits like a center fielder, like a mediocre center fielder that they're playing in a corner outfield, that one made absolutely no sense to me.

"Dempster's fine. There's a reason that nobody would give him three years, though. He had Tommy John surgery back in 2003. Elbows tend not to last very long -- somewhere usually between seven and 10 years or so. We're getting to the 10th year of his elbow holding at this point. I know that the medicals on him turned out all right, but there was still quite a bit of concerns from other teams about his arm holding up. Especially with all the sliders he throws. You'll see, he throws about one-third of his pitches are sliders, and those can be very, very harmful on the arm. I think that was the big question mark about Dempster and the reason that nobody gave him a third year. You just hope for the Red Sox' sake he lasts two."

All three new Red Sox are known as solid clubhouse guys, but Passan questions the team's strategy in that regard.

"That's the thing that I don't understand about this plan. Just because you bring nice people together doesn't mean that they're going to get along. … It doesn't always work that way," he said. "Sports chemistry is a very organic thing. It is something that happens, it is something that comes together. And when you try to force chemistry through people's reputations, I think that's a very dangerous way and a backward way to build a ball club -- and a very surprising way, for a general manager and a team that has been steeped in analytics, in numbers driving so much of what they do, to go out and do this, a lot of which is based on having a better, friendlier, more-palatable-to-the-fans clubhouse, that's the part of the Red Sox' offseason I just don't get."

Looking at the 2013 season, Passan said the Sox appear to be in for another challenging campaign.

"I still think their rotation is mediocre," he said. "I think they'll hit. They will hit. I think they're sort of like an off-brand Angels roster right now. They're built like the Angels, but they're not as good as them.

"To me, this is a year where I'm going to look down at Pawtucket as much as anything. I want to see how Jackie Bradley looks. I want to see eventually how Matt Barnes and Allen Webster look. I want to see how Xander Bogaerts looks. Because that's the linchpin of this team right now. Those guys should all be there come 2014. If that's the case, then I think 2014 and beyond is going to be very exciting for them. They're not going to be down in the doldrums for a long time. They're not -- they're the Boston Red Sox. But I don't see this year being a ton better than last year."

With Hamilton leaving Texas for Los Angeles, Passan noted that the American League West rivalry between the Rangers and Angels has become the game's most intense, surpassing the one in the AL East.

"This is a better rivalry than the Yankees and Red Sox. I firmly believe that," Passan said. "The Yankees and Red Sox right now are dead. The Yankees and Red Sox right now are stale. There's nothing to that rivalry. The Red Sox are rebuilding in a weird way, and the Yankees can't get a contract for more than one year except for a 39-year-old outfielder [Ichiro Suzuki]. Is that really where they're supposed to be going at this point?

"It's a weird situation in the AL East right now, where the three teams that seem positioned best for the future are the Orioles, Rays and Blue Jays. How the hell did that happen?"

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




Audio On Demand

Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Danny Ainge, Celtics Gene…

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

NBA Draft Show with Mut and Minihane Pt. 3

Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics

NBA Draft Show with Mut and Minihane Pt. 2

Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.

Red Sox Review with Chris…

Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand, 6-26-16

Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.

Xander Bogaerts Player of the Game Interview

Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 6-22-16

Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

D&C - Gary vs. Mut 6-24-1…

D&C - Gary vs. Mut 6-24-16

Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?

D&C - O.J. Simpson 6-24-16

The debate heats up as the discussion turns towards O.J. Simpson

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines - Gary talks erotica, Sinead O'Connor, UK vote on EU 6-24-16

On a Friday edition of Headlines, Gary presents us with some thrilling erotica talk.

Danny Ainge, Celtics Gene…

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball operations joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN joins OMF to dissect the Celtics Draft, 6-24-16

Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.

C's Draft Fireworks seem more like candles, 6-24-16

Glenn and Christian discuss last night's underwhelming draft by the Celtics

Post-draft: What is the C…

Post-draft: What is the Celtics grand plan for the future of this team?

Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 06-24-16

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 06-24-16

Laroy Streat's Freestyle Friday via the Dale & Holley Show

Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.

Ep. 20: Jan Volk

Ep. 20: Jan Volk

Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.

Ep. 19: John Tomase

Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.

Ep. 18: Artie Lange

Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.

SoccerCast - Messi puts a…

SoccerCast - Messi puts an end to U.S. fun & EURO 2016 update, 6-23-16

Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.

Enough About Me - Ep. 20: Jan Volk

Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick US OPEN RECAP

This week we look back at the US Open.

Post-draft: What is the C…

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN jo…

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN joins OMF to dissect the Celtics Draft, 6-24-16

Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.

More from this show

Danny Ainge, Celtics Gene…

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball operations joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

More from this show

D&C - Gary vs. Mut 6-24-1…

D&C - Gary vs. Mut 6-24-16

Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?

More from this show

The infamous Kirk Minihan…

The infamous Kirk Minihane stops by the studio to make fun of Rob Bradford and Ian Browne -- 6-26-16

The moody and opinionated Kirk Minihane stops by the station with Bradford and MLB.com's Ian Browne live in Arlington. Kirk, Rob and Ian discuss anything and everything.

More from this show

News & Analysis