To open today’s Felger and Massarotti show, Felger expressed his disappointment in Mazz’s opinion that the Red Sox should be sellers at the upcoming Major League Baseball trade deadline.
Mazz: After watching what I watched over the weekend. Sell. Oh, yes. Sell.
Felger: Shame on you.
Mazz: I agree. “Shame on me” is right. I don’t feel good about saying this. So believe me when I tell you this is not what I want. But at the end of the day, I think you have to make a decision about what is best for your organization. And this team is a mess. Now, look, the good news is this: they put a lineup on the field yesterday that actually had more big leaguers than minor leaguers in it, and they played a representative game that was clean and error-free. But the news on Trevor Story is a killer. You’re not going to have him back to the middle of August at the earliest, if he comes back at all. Chris Sale may or may not be done for the year. Nathan Eovaldi is not the same. And so if I’m making a decision based on what is best for the organization? Sell.
…I’m not saying “giveaway.” You’re doing no giveaways. OK? But if there’s a deal that you can – if there’s something you can get by giving up a J.D. Martinez or by giving up – I don’t even think you’re going to get all that much for [Nathan] Eovaldi if you want to know the truth. He’s not throwing the ball well.
Felger: I don’t think you can get anything for either.
Mazz: I wonder about Martinez. I think Martinez has got value. He’s a good professional hitter. He’s got postseason experience. And so, look, I recognize there’s a gray [area]. They were awful in two of those games over the weekend. And I shouldn’t say awful for the entirety of the game, but they’re inept offensively. Their pitching can’t keep them close in games on most nights or most days. They’re just not good enough. They’re not good enough. I don’t feel good saying that. Let me tell you that. What are they going to get back for J.D. Martinez? I don’t know. So this is why I say don’t give it away. If they make a bad deal, I’m with you.