Chat with Gordon Edes
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes stops by to take your MLB questions.
Edes, who joined ESPNBoston.com in Nov. 2009, has covered MLB for more than 25 years. He spent 12 years covering the Sox for the Boston Globe.
Send your questions now and join Edes Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Gordon Edes (2:01 PM)
Hey everyone, greetings from the Fort, where ESPN money hasn't made me smarter, regardless of what Buck Showalter might think, but makes me darn glad to be here. The Sox are across the state in Jupiter, where Jarrod Saltalamacchia has HRd and doubled, which probably has Theo breathing a little lighter today. On with the questions....
Sam (New Hampshire)
When i heard Showalters comments my immediate thoughts were of a fellow coach in a boston division, Rex Ryan. Do you think he was just trying to get into his own players heads and prove that the Red Sox and Yankees are just as good and beatable as the orioles?
Gordon Edes (2:04 PM)
Speaking of smart guys, Sam, you're the first to qualify, altho I think you kind of got a little muddled at the end. I certainly think that had something to do with his hollering at Jeter from the dugout, and probably kept his motor running when talking about Theo, too. One way to let his guys know he wasn't afraid of tweaking the big boys
Steve Belliveau (Clearwater Fl.)
The bench has Tek.,Lowrie,(Cammeron or Drew)and........whom is the last guy?
Gordon Edes (2:05 PM)
Sox bench:Varitek, backup catcherCameron, extra OFMcDonald, extra OFLowrie, extra infielder
If (or when) Adrian signs a contract with the Bosox, won't that make Lars Anderson potential trade bait? Same could be said with the plethora of outfielders they have - with Kalish taking over for Drew, would the Red Sox be interested in compiling some of these players (Lars and outfielders not named Kalish) to trade for someone - if so, who do you think they would have a realistic shot at getting and wanting?
Gordon Edes (2:08 PM)
Scott, a little early to pondering what the Sox might be looking for in a trade, although it's always reasonable to think they'd look to add to their inventory of pitching prospects. They also would love to add more catching depth, though that's tougher to find. If Lars wants to play in the big leagues, a big year in Pawtucket is needed to pump up his trade value.
Keith (Boxborough, MA)
I don't understand why reports came out the Albers was released to play in Japan? Albers is younger and has better stuff than Atchison and would seem to be a better choice even though Scott has success last year and Albers was a mop up guy in Baltimore.
Gordon Edes (2:13 PM)
Hey it happens, Keith. Someone ran with some bum information. In some ways, it actually passed the smell test. With Albers out of options, it was plausible that the Sox would at least try to get money for him from a Japanese team if they weren't going to keep him. But they say he's still in the mix, and Albers called his agent asking about the Japan report, and was told there was nothing to it. Given the situation over there in the aftermath of the quake/tsunami/radiation leak, don't think too many guys are angling to go over there right now.
can westmoreland get back to old self and he taking bp now
Gordon Edes (2:14 PM)
Danny, way, way too soon to project how far Ryan advances baseballwise. Yes, he's hitting and all, but right now, his foremost concern is just to be leading as normal a life as he can. Given the scope of the brain surgery, what he's accomplished to date is miraculous, and a tribute to his dedication to the rehab process.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who will be the Starting Rotation for the Boston Red Sox for Opening Day in 2011?
Gordon Edes (2:15 PM)
I'll take an easy one, Chris, this is how Tito has laid it out, 1 to 5:LesterLackeyBuchholzBeckettMatsuzaka
Christian (Framingham, MA)
Hey Gord, my question is regarding Dice-K. If he has another disappointing year do you see there being a chance that he could come to an agreement w/the Sox to be bought out of his contract. Seems to me like he would prefer to go back to Japan anyhow and the Sox could save some money. What do you think?
Gordon Edes (2:18 PM)
Christian, can't see that happening. I have not heard Daisuke express a longing to go back to Japan, and I'm reasonably certain he wouldn't be eager to go back perceived as a failure. Plus, you don't leave $10m or so on the table, either, if you're Daisuke. He might be open to going to another MLB team, but of course, if he's not pitching well, his trade value will be minimal for those dollars.
Cheesehead Sports Nut (Chicago, IL)
Correct me if I am wrong but the Milwaukee Brewers still have to pay Zack Greinke while he is on the disabled list despite the fact that he injured himself while playing pick-up basketball. Is there a chance that the Brewers file a grievance to withhold some of Greinke's salary?
Gordon Edes (2:20 PM)
Yes, Cheesehead, they have to pay Greinke. Playinmg pickup basketball was not an activity expressly forbidden in his contract. When teams don't want guys to do stuff, they usually stipulate it pretty explicitly. So no, I can't see the Brewers holding back any of Greinke's dough; if they did, they'd have a losing case with the union on their hands.
Hey Gordon, love the work as always! Do you see the Sox offense breaking all types of records this year?
Gordon Edes (2:24 PM)
Thanks, Johnny, and I assume you're wondering if I think Sox will set club record for runs scored. Well, the 1950 team scored 1,027 in 1950, in 154 games, which is an average of just under 7 runs a game. That's amazing. Even more amazing, that team finished in third place, four games behind the Yanks. This team will score a lot, but I don't see them breaking that record.
how do you see the awards races shaking out? unrealistic to think the sox could get the mvp AND the cy young?
Gordon Edes (2:26 PM)
Not at all, Brad. I'm picking Lester to win the Cy Young award for the third straight year, and if Sox win the division, any number of guys could wind up high in MVP voting. My prediction for strongest showing on MVP ballot: Youkilis.
Ben (Phoenix, AZ)
Hey Gordon,Realistically, if Scutaro plays well and retains the SS position, how many games/at bats will Lowrie get each week?
Gordon Edes (2:28 PM)
Ben, I think that is a great question, probably one that keeps Lowrie awake at night. Gonzalez has already said he wants to play in all 162. Pedroia never sits when he is healthy--he's good for 150-plus. Youkilis likes his name on the lineup card every day, altho there will be times he'll DH for Ortiz and Lowrie will play 3b, but how often will that be. It's hard to see Lowrie getting more than 200-250 ABs, tops, but injuries do come into play
James (Detroit, MI)
Gordon, I am just a long time Boston Red Sox fan from her in the mid west love your great spring training coverage. I am making the trek out to Fenway this season to see the Sox play the Cubs go sox!
Gordon Edes (2:30 PM)
James, the one thing you didn't explain is why a guy from Detroit would make the pilgrimage to Fenway to see the Cubs play here instead of the Tigers. Although, your 'go Sox' at the end of your message is probably the giveaway--you're another transplanted Sox fan, right? Thanks for the good word, and I'm looking to see the Cubs play in the Fens...historic stuff.
Hi Gord, From what I have seen/read, it looks like the winners of the last two bullpen spots will be Albers and Reyes. Any chance that any of the remaining candidates pitch themselves back onto the roster over the last week of spring training, or do their only hopes of going north (or west) next week lie with someone getting injured?
Gordon Edes (2:31 PM)
Don't be too sure, Steve, although their contract situations give them some edge. Albers is out of options, and Reyes has an opt-out in his deal. The other guys can always become regulars on the Pawtucket-Yawkey Way shuttle.
With the lack of talent at the Catcher position, who (if he does) do you think Theo will target in a trade? I mean the talent at catcher in the league is quite thin, and doesn't seem to be getting a bigger.
Gordon Edes (2:34 PM)
Mike, that's a great question. Not a lot out there, especially after the Sox decided they weren't going to pay John Buck the kind of dough he got from the Marlins. The only name I've even heard in scout chatter is Pudge Rodriguez, and he's older than 'Tek.
Fordon Edes (Inside your head.)
Hey Gordo, some prospect info please! I find the evolution of good players really interesting.
Gordon Edes (2:36 PM)
FE, I direct you to Soxprospects.com, whose stuff we feature on our site. Mike Andrews had a strong piece this week on Anthony Ranaudo, Boston's top pitching prospect, but he's got loads of stuff on everyone, including my favorite prospect, SS Jose Iglesias.
As a Red Sox fan in the heart of the Evil empire, i have been trash talking quite alot lately.... Do you see any reason it can come back and bite me in the butt?
Gordon Edes (2:38 PM)
David, after what happened last year and the ridiculous run of injuries, do you even have to ask? Things happen in the course of a season, and there are always ways for the wheels to come off. The Yanks have bigger issues than the Sox right now, but they're not going away just yet.
Tom (hartford, ct)
gordon, whats ellsburys future with the sox considering crawford and kalish are both lefty hitters and it would be tough to have 3 lefty outfielders along with a-gon in 2012
Gordon Edes (2:39 PM)
Tom, interesting that you didn't ask what Kalish's future is, given that both CC and Ellsbury are left-handed hitters. I see Ellsbury as coming into his own in a big way this season...IMO, he isn't going anywhere. I like Kalish's chances of succeeding Drew, but Sox may look for a RH bat to complement him in right.
What has Curt Schilling been up to these days?
Gordon Edes (2:42 PM)
Otto, the Big Schill may indeed be bigger, but he's invested a ton of money, including much of his own, in the creation of a company he hopes will be a big player in the video game industry. The early reviews, after he previewed one of his games, were pretty positive. Mind-boggling to me the production costs involved. Like making a feature-length movie.
Hi GordoWhat are your thoughts on the Sox DH in 2012? Will they bring back Ortiz if he hits 25+ HRs and bats over .260? Or will they look for a younger, right-handed bat? Any ideas on who that might be?
Gordon Edes (2:44 PM)
I don't see Ortiz coming back, unless he's willing to take a pretty good pay cut. If he has a monster year, all bets are off, but .260/25 doesn't cut it as a monster year. They may indeed go more right-handed in that position next season, or rotate it more.
Tony (Revere, MA)
Are the sox high on Linares after a good spring showing? Where does he rank among the prospects right now?
Gordon Edes (2:45 PM)
Tony, I think Linares got their attention this spring, but he's a bit on the older side (27) for a "prospect." But if he goes off in the minors, I could see him getting a callup if the Sox need help.
what is Tito's contract status? is there any reason to believe he won't be here for a long long time??
Hi Gordon, I agree with the article "Finding lefty-righty balance is less of a priority with stacked lineup" I don't know why people worry about having 4 or 5 lefties in the line up... I think the most important is getting the best hitters up there hitting in the top five...
Gordon Edes (2:48 PM)
Sox hold options on the next two years after 2011 for Tito. The only thing that could get in the way of him coming back, IMO, is his health. But Tito has been feeling good this spring, throwing more BP than he has in years. He's had both knees replaced, his back has been an issue and he had that huge scare with an embolism, but the job is his indefinitely.
James (Detroit, MI)
RP to Gordon: going with my father (from Boston), Brother (ChiTown res.), and I can always goes see the Sox and Tigers at Comerica that very next week I get back!
Gordon Edes (2:49 PM)
see that, James, I knew there was an explanation!
Blaine (Windsor, Ontario Canada)
Gordon...was interested in your thoughts on Salty, how has he looked this spring?, and how concerned should the Sox be about their catching?
Gordon Edes (2:51 PM)
He might be the key to the whole thing this season, Blaine. Sox are gambling that a healthy Salty is going to fulfill his potential, much like another highly touted switch-hitting catcher came into his own with the Sox at the same age as Salty is now: Jason Varitek.
Steve (Middletown, CT)
Do you see Jed Lowrie as sort of a Ben Zobrist type player? A bit of a late bloomer who has a lot of value as a super utility player? I don't see a spot for Lowrie as a shortstop for the Red Sox with Scutaro manning the position this year and presumably Iglesias taking it over next year but I've always thought that if Lowrie can stay healthy for a full season he could be a solid contributor for this ball club.
Gordon Edes (2:53 PM)
Steve, that's a great analogy, except Zobrist is primarily an OF. I think that's how the Sox would like it to play out, and Jed put up some real nice numbers after he came back from the mono last season.
Joe E (Wilson, NC)
Gordon, how likely is a mid-season deal to go down with the Red Sox trading away a player like Mike Cameron, Marco Scutaro, Daisuke Matsuzaka, etc. ?
Gordon Edes (2:55 PM)
Joe, Larry Lucchino said at the outset of camp that the Sox are budgeted to make a trading-deadline move if there's a need, so sure, I think all three guys you mentioned could possibly go, and I suppose we could add Paps to that mix, too.
Derek (Enfield, CT)
Do the Red Sox feel Dice-K is better than a 5th man in the rotation? His recent spring success indicates to me that he is ready to have a solid year? Agree?
Gordon Edes (2:56 PM)
Derek, just as it was prudent not to panic when Daisuke was getting lit up down here, I wouldn't get too giddy about his last couple of starts, either. Encouraging, yes. But let's see if he can repeat that success once the bell rings.
Michael C (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Plenty of small market teams make the playoffs are are successful. Just look at the Rays and the Marlins. Is Buck just bitter that he cant lead his team anywhere and Theo and Jeter are in the way? Sounds like he wishes he was Theo and needs that type of payroll to be successful.
Gordon Edes (2:59 PM)
Michael C, I think Sam was on point when he said Buck doesn't want his team to be in awe of the big-bucks guys, and take that chip on their shoulder into the season. As I pointed out, there was a lot of truth in what Buck said...Theo has said it himself: It IS easier to have loads of cash, but I think Theo's intelligence comes out in the way he has overhauled the player development system. He promised a player development machine, and he has delivered.
Gordon Edes (3:01 PM)
Hey, thanks all for your time. While we were chatting, Marlins unloaded on Clay Buchholz. It's 11-6 in the fifth, I believe.