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Fri, 10/29/2010 - 6:01am  

Gammons: 'Don't expect' Martinez back

MLB and NESN analyst Peter Gammons checked in with The Big Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss a number of topics, including the World Series, who will win the battle for the services of free-agent-to-be Cliff Lee and the Red Sox’ offseason. Gammons was asked if he thought the Red Sox needed to make a splash in the free-agent market.

 

"There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford," said Gammons. "That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are some puffs of smoke coming out of New York that suggest the Yankees might go after him, even though their primary need is pitching."

 

Gammons also weighed in on the future of Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, who are also leading figures in the 2010 free-agent class.

 

"I don't expect Victor Martinez to come back, I think Detroit is going to give him four or five years," said Gammons. "And I don't think anyone else is going to give him four or five years. I'm not so sure Beltre will be back, I can't gauge that market. But I do think they will go hard after Crawford, I really believe that."

 

As for the biggest name among the free agents -- starting pitcher Cliff Lee -- Gammons was short and to the point about his future.

 

"Cliff Lee is going to sign with Texas," Gammons said.

 

The Giants won Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, and Gammons feels that the San Francisco bullpen -- and one pitcher well known to Sox fans -- could prove to be the difference in the series.

 

"Javier Lopez has been amazing," said Gammons of the former Boston reliever. "He's really perfected that sidearm sweeping breaking ball. Left-handers are 5-for-45 against him ... I think Lopez against Josh Hamilton, if two or three games comes down to Lopez getting Josh Hamilton out the Giants win this series easily."

 

For a complete transcript, click here. To listen to the interview, click here. For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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