MLB Radio's Jim Duquette joined the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday to talk Bobby Valentine's future, and Josh Beckett's trade value.
When asked about Beckett's value on the trade market with the July 31 deadline approaching, Duquette didn't see much.
"One problem with Beckett is that he's underachieved to this point," he said. "The Red Sox would have to take back money [for trading him] and his reputation has proceeded him at this point. I think he's a change-of-scenery guy, I think you maybe get him out of there. It's a hard move. ... If I was the Red Sox I would absolutely move him."
There have been rumors swirling that Valentine might not come back next season if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs.
"I have conversations with scouts and executives all the time," Duquette said. "They start to talk about managers and general managers on the hot seat and his name comes up a lot as one that if [...
According to a major league source, while the Red Sox have fielded some exploratory inquiries on right-hander Josh Beckett, such calls to this point have been little more than exercises in kicking the tires. At this point, the source said, there is "nothing close" regarding a potential deal that would send the right-hander (now 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts after Wednesday's loss against the Rangers) to another team.
Another major league source said that the Rangers are not interested in the 32-year-old right-hander. While Texas is trying to add a starter in light of the season-ending surgery for Colby Lewis, and the team may be a desirable destination for Beckett (who, as a pitcher with 10 years of big league service and five with his current team, can veto any trade), the Rangers do not see him as a fit.
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Kevin Youkilis continues to produce in Chicago, notching an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 victory over the Twins, but he departed the game in the fourth inning with a sprained left ankle. The 33-year-old Youkilis struggled with injuries in Boston, missing a month earlier this season with a back problem, but the White Sox insist he only left the game as a precaution.
"He's fine," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He probably could've continued to play. But [trainer] Herm [Schneider] looked at it and wanted to take him out. We'll look at it again [Wednesday night] and see how it's going."
Said Youkilis, who rolled his foot over the first base bag on his RBI single: "I'll be good; it's just mild. I wasn't moving. It just locked up on me. I had to go get some work on it. It'll be fine by Friday. I just wasn't moving too well left and right. You can't help the team when you're out at third base if you can't really move."...
The Red Sox dropped a 5-3 decision to the Rangers Wednesday night in the teams' series finale in Arlington, Texas.
The pivotal play for the Rangers came in the seventh inning when Elvis Andrus scored with two outs on a Josh Beckett wild pitch. The pitch (a change-up) came after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine visited the mound, choosing to leave the starter in after throwing 108 pitches.
Beckett would finish his 114-pitch outing allowing four runs over seven innings, giving up nine hits while striking out three and walking two.
The only other inning Beckett allowed Texas to score was the Rangers' three-run fourth inning, in which he gave up five hits.
Prior to the seventh, the Red Sox had tied the game in the sixth inning on Dustin Pedroia's solo home run. It was the Sox' second homer of the game, with Will Middlebrooks having hit his 12th of the season with two outs in the fourth inning.
The Red Sox could only manage five hits...
The Red Sox (49-49) look to win their second straight in the finale of a three-game series with the Rangers (57-39) in Arlington on Wednesday. Carl Crawford will hit in the seventh spot in the lineup for the second consecutive game as the Sox will face left-hander Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84). The Sox lineup is the same as it was in Tuesday's win.
Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53) starts for the Sox. He has struggled recently, positing a 6.88 ERA in three July starts. Beckett has made one start vs. the Rangers this season, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 6-3 Texas win at Fenway Park on April 18.
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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.
HOUR 4 - How many big-games does Tuukka Rask have to miss before guys like Bergeron and Marchand call him out for it? Also, Belichick skips the coach's breakfast, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, Kirk rips "The Baseball Show" and Dale, Holley and Keefe rip the Whiner Line.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
People are unsure if Tuukka can be trusted in net in these big spots coming up and if the Celtics even stand a chance against Cleveland so Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe sort through Robert Kraft's comments at the owners' meeting regarding key Patriots players.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
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Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.More from this show
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
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