ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Thursday and shed light on Saturday's MLB trade deadline. He noted that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has a couple of areas to address.
"I think he's definitely looking at relief pitching. I don't think there's any doubt about that," Ricciardi said. "I think they've been in on a lot of good guys. I think that the price tag is really high right now, so I think they're trying to address their relief pitching. I think they're trying to add one more bat, which may be in the outfield because their outfield is still banged up. I think they're getting everyday players back like [Victor] Martinez, and ultimately their lineup will start to get together a little bit more, but I think they're going to need one more bat, which I think they'll try to get.
"They might have as much luck on the waiver wire when guys start going through waivers -- maybe [more] luck than what guys are asking for right now [in] straight-up trades."
As for the Yankees, who currently lead the Red Sox by seven games, Ricciardi said they may try to make a deal that puts the Rays and Sox away for good.
"I think they'll try to get some bullpen help. I think they're going to really try to deliver a knockout punch and try to get an Adam Dunn," Ricciardi said. "I don't know if it will happen, but I think if they can put that type of bat in their lineup it finishes off their lineup and it may deliver a knockout punch to the division."
Johnny Damon will return to the stadium he once called home on Friday when the Tigers roll into town for the weekend. Ricciardi had high praise for the former Sox center fielder and leadoff man.
"I think he's had a great career. I think he's a Hall of Famer. I do. I think two more years of Johnny Damon playing at the pace he's at, he's a Hall of Famer," Ricciardi said. "I think he's going to have over 1,000 runs batted in. Top leadoff guy, big on-base guy, has played with some great teams, was a World Series champ a couple of times. I think Johnny Damon is a borderline guy right now but two more solid years and I think he's a Hall of Famer."
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PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.
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Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
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