The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Farrell: No 'drastic shift' in roster envisioned
Tue, 10/01/2013 - 2:38pm  

Farrell: No 'drastic shift' in roster envisioned

The Red Sox are conducting a workout on Tuesday, the first of three straight days in which the team is taking to the field at Fenway Park in order to stay sharp for the start of the American League Division Series on Friday following four off days. The team is still finalizing its roster decisions, and it’s also holding off on announcing its starting rotation, but overall, manager John Farrell suggested that he is in charge of an extremely well-rounded team that is a credit to the work of GM Ben Cherington in taking a team that went from 69-93 a year ago to a 97-65 record that was tied for the best in the majors this year.

“He’s done an outstanding job. I’m certainly not one to compliment him on it because he lives it, as do we. But his vision clearly started last August with the trade with the Dodgers. Where we stand today was initiated 14 months ago,” Farrell said, alluding to the blockbuster deal with the Dodgers that sent out Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to liberate tremendous resources. “It’s tremendous foresight on his part, but to select the people, in addition to the talent that he brought in, everyone has fit well. It didn’t stop after the free-agent signing period this winter. Quintin Berry is another example of maybe a less publicized acquisition that can maybe fill a pivotal role or pivotal contribution on our end. It’s a never-ending pursuit on his part, whether it’s looking at internal options, his ability to outline things to us in uniform from a staff standpoint, he includes us in that whole process and it’s worked very well. But he’s done a great job of revamping who sits in our clubhouse today.”

Farrell praised the work done by Cherington in finding players of character to come to Boston, something that became most evident when the team took the field on April 16, the day after the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

“The one moment that stands out in my mind is standing on the … during the moment of silence in Cleveland following the bombing here. And it wasn’t so much about on field performance. We had gotten off to a good start the first two, three weeks of the season,” said Farrell. “We saw some things come out of the individuals. Spoke to their understanding that they were in a special place and showed some [character] at a very difficult and unique time. Whether that was the galvanizing moment for this team, I can’t say that. But it was a moment in time where guys showed a different side of them that this was a special group. What the performance was going to be, the total number of wins achieved, we didn’t know. But there was a [character] that showed through in that moment that was special.”

While Farrell did not make any formal announcements about the roster or rotation, he did confirm that Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy would throw multiple innings in Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage, a signal that the team plans to have Jon Lester and John Lackey start the first two games of the ALDS.

Other notes from Farrell:

In addition to Buchholz and Peavy, the Sox will want to get action for a number of relievers. It will be up to the team’s hitters whether they want to face live pitching, and Farrell said that some may prefer not to do so. The game will have an umpire, and players will run the bases and play the field as opposed to simply stepping in the box as might occur in a simulated game for a rehabbing pitcher. Farrell suggested that, even though the demands of a five-game series with two off days are distinct from those of the 162-game regular season, he does not want to drastically alter his roster from the one he used for the lion’s share of the season. “There will be some of that involved but the one thing I want to be clear at is we’ve set a pretty clear approach to how we’ve used all of our position players throughout the course of the regular season,” said Farrell. “To make a drastic shift from that, I don’t know that it would be putting guys in the best position to succeed so this is a team that, we’ve had a couple of situations where we’ve pinch hit before or we’ll use a pinch runner. We’ve demonstrated that. so to say that we’ll look to do something completely different because we’ve got a five-game series with two off-days in it, I think that would be running from what our strengths have been established all year.” Farrell said that the team is unlikely to factor in the possibility of having Mike Napoli catch into its roster decisions: “I don’t think at this point of the season we would consider him behind the plate,” said Farrell. “That would be a major shift from anything that we’ve communicated to him throughout the course of the year or anything that we’ve chose to do inside of a given game, whether we’ve put [Jarrod Saltalamacchia] back in behind the plate in a game that David Ross will start, or vice versa. That’s one thing that will be considered when we look at the 25-man roster as a whole. I can’t say that’s an overriding factor.” On the structure of the bullpen bridge from the team’s starters to closer Koji Uehara: “We have the ability to match up, to bridge from whoever the starter is that given night to Koji closing things out, we’ve got options. Guys have been very dependable, they’ve been durable, whether that’s been [Craig Breslow], whether that’s been Junichi [Tazawa], who’s done a very good job for us. At times, there’s been some challenging moments for him. The emergence of Brandon Workman, was encouraging his last outing in Baltimore, coming off the outing over in Denver. So, we feel like we’ve got ample options to go to. Franklin Morales‘ last six weeks of the season have been very encouraging and then we’ve put some veteran presence back there with Ryan Dempster in that role as well to bridge to Koji. Koji’s abilities have finally been highlighted because of the role he’s in. He’s been a very good pitcher his entire pro career, both in Japan and here. To see the efficiency with which he pitches, he’s having an outstanding year for us. We’ll need it to go forward.” Farrell said that his contact with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been “minimal,” limited to “a congratulatory text” since the Indians clinched a wild card berth. At the same time, he acknowledged that the cross-pollination of the Indians and Red Sox organizations would lend itself to a number of interesting storylines if the two teams face each other in the ALDS. “There’s a lot of quality and talented people over there. To see it come together with a chance to advance after tomorrow night, I think because you have past experiences with many people, you want the best for them,” said Farrell. “There would be an incredible amount of side stories if we do meet up with them in the Division Series. In some ways, it’s reminiscent of the ALCS in ’07. There’s so much crossover that still exists between people that have worked, either starting in Cleveland and coming here, and now it’s in some ways reversed with Tito going back there and leading their team. Hopefully we get a chance to meet up. Four players who are not candidates to participate in the postseason have been sent home: Allen Webster, Brayan Villarreal, Steven Wright and Brock Holt. The intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday and the working, which starts at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to run until approximately 5 or 6 p.m., will be open to the public for no charge. “I think it’s more of a gesture to those who have stood by us throughout the course of time, and give them an opportunity for our season-ticket holders to be presented something unique and maybe in some small way, an indirect way, a thank you,” said Farrell. Regarding the 5:37 p.m. start time of Saturday’s game, Farrell noted that the teams would have to contend with shadows in the early innings but that the sun would set relatively early in the game.


Audio On Demand

Real Postgame Show - Mr. …

Real Postgame Show - Mr. 201, 12-4-2016

Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.

Real Postgame Show - Patriots defense back on track?, 12-4-2016

Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.

NFL SUNDAY -- Pete and Price get to more analysis, keys to the game and interesting stats to keep in mind as we get closer to kickoff -- 12-4-16

Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.

Celtics Podcast - How the…

Celtics Podcast - How the Celtics can hang with Cleveland atop the Eastern Conference 11-30-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.

Celtics Podcast - Turning a corner with Al Horford back 11-28 -16

WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.

Celtics Season Preview

Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?

Curt Schilling - I would …

Curt Schilling - I would rather get into the Hall of Fame than win a Senate seat

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - More MLB hall of Fame voting talk and reaction, and Rob's Dominican travel itinerary

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.

Hot Stove Show Hour 1 - MLB Hall of Fame voting, the Character Clause, and Curt Schilling

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.

Saturday Skate - Rask doe…

Saturday Skate - Rask does it again, but debates rage on Krejci, Chara, Bergeron and Krug 12-3-16

Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.

Saturday Skate - Laird & Admiral on the Sox & Gronk, then first reaction as B's beat Sabres 2-1

The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction

Bruins Cast - B's missing offense but manage back-to-back road wins 11-2-16

Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.

K&C - Jeff Fisher has not…

K&C - Jeff Fisher has not won a playoff game since 2003 and got a contract extension 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete discussed the Rams idiotic decision to give Jeff Fisher an extension.

K&C - Jeff Fisher still can't find his replay flag; Penn State fans are the worst 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete opened the 8 am hour discussing a brutal day for Jeff Fisher. The guys also reacted to Gus Johnson's over the top final call of the Big Ten championship.

K&C - Roger Goodell was not in Foxboro for Brady's 201st win; Headlines with Kirk 12-5-16

Gerry Kirk and Pete opened the 7 am hour talking about Roger Goodell not being in attendance yesterday.

OMF - Louisville women's …

OMF - Louisville women's basketball coach hates participation trophies 12-5-16

Glenn, Lou and Christian react to a rant from the Louisville women's basketball coach about why he hates participation trophies and soft kids.

OMF - Roger Goodell did not congratulate Tom Brady on winning an NFL record 201 games 12-5-16

Tom Brady told K&C that he has not heard from the NFL in regards to a congratulations for breaking the NFL wins record. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss Brady's record and the ever-growing feud between Brady and Goodell.

OMF - The road to the #1 seed in the AFC heats up 12-5-16

Oakland and New England are tied atop the AFC, but the Raiders have the edge in tiebreakers. The guys look into the race and talk about the upcoming Patriots schedule, which is harder than the last few games.

Bill Belichick - 2001 cha…

Bill Belichick - 2001 championship team "magically came together"

Dale and Michael sit down with head coach Bill Belichick to discuss the win over the Rams, but spend a lot of time remembering the 2001 championship team, which was honored this past weekend for it's 15th anniversary.

NFL Network's Heath Evans - Patriots will not be as good without Gronk

We check in with former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, now an analyst on the NFL Network for his thoughts on the Patriots latest win, losing Gronk, the best teams in the league and much more.

Red Sox extend John Farrell's contract through 2018 - reaction

Mut and Michael Holley discuss this Sox news late on a Patriots Monday.

Ep. 43: Adam Carolla

Ep. 43: Adam Carolla

Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.

Ep. 42: The Godcast with Larry Johnson

Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.

Ep. 41: John Feitelberg of Barstool Sports

Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.

The Real K&C - Mut bumped…

The Real K&C - Mut bumped for Pete Sheppard; 9.2 or 2.9? 12-5-16

Gerry Callahan pulled an audible at the line of scrimmage and bumped the scheduled Mike Mutnansky from Monday's show, in favor of sporty Pete Sheppard. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis explain how it went down and how the show went w/ the Meat Man in.

SoccerCast - Why Toronto winning is best for MLS

Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.

The Real K&C - Ken & Curtis recap a non-Casting Couch Friday 12-2-16

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.

K&C - Tom Brady on his re…

K&C - Tom Brady on his record setting win 12-5-16

Tom Brady discussed win number 201 with Gerry, Kirk and Pete.

More from this show

K&C - Tom Brady breaks Ma…

K&C - Tom Brady breaks Manning's record; Jeff Fisher is a disaster 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete opened the show discussing Tom Brady's record setting win and Jeff Fisher's idiotic contract extension.

More from this show

K&C - Roger Goodell was n…

K&C - Roger Goodell was not in Foxboro for Brady's 201st win; Headlines with Kirk 12-5-16

Gerry Kirk and Pete opened the 7 am hour talking about Roger Goodell not being in attendance yesterday.

More from this show

K&C - Jeff Fisher has not…

K&C - Jeff Fisher has not won a playoff game since 2003 and got a contract extension 12-5-16

Gerry, Kirk and Pete discussed the Rams idiotic decision to give Jeff Fisher an extension.

More from this show

OMF - Roger Goodell did n…

OMF - Roger Goodell did not congratulate Tom Brady on winning an NFL record 201 games 12-5-16

Tom Brady told K&C that he has not heard from the NFL in regards to a congratulations for breaking the NFL wins record. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss Brady's record and the ever-growing feud between Brady and Goodell.

More from this show

News & Analysis