Mazz: Thoughts on recent comments from Craig Breslow
New Boston Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer, Craig Breslow, spoke about the team at the general manager meetings this week in Arizona and dropped some ideas of what the roster could look like in 2024. On Wednesday’s Felger and Mazz, Mazz gave his thoughts on a few things that Breslow had to say.
Are Alex Cora and Craig Breslow on the same page? They’re making it seem like they are.
Alex Cora in July: “We’re in a good place, but at the end of day, you know, the place that we like is to play in October. You know? It’s not about how many prospects you have or where your farm system is. You know? That might be 1st or 30th or whatever. The one that really counts is how many games you win in October and how many games you play in October. And that’s what we’re shooting for.”
Mazz: Craig Breslow spoke with the media, for about 20 minutes apparently, on his first day out of the GM meetings and made almost an identical comment to the one we just played from Alex Cora, that as you pointed out, he said late in the season. So Breslow said, “I think it’s important not to lose sight that the goal of any organization is to win major league games. It’s not to have the greatest farm system. It’s not to have the most prospect depth. It’s to win games”. Isn’t that just a little too perfect? Doesn’t it just perfectly jibe with what Cora said? So the Red Sox are clearly on this mission, and I think this has been apparent since they introduced Breslow, but they are clearly on this mission to make it clear that they’re now on the same page. That the head of baseball operations and the manager are on the same page. “We have the same goal, we’re in sync, we move forward, we fix the problem”. That’s what they want to let you know. Which is fine. I don’t expect them to say the opposite in these pressers. The question is whether or not you believe it and ultimately what it’s going to lead to. Because I will say it’s great that Breslow is saying it, but what are they going to do?
Are they going to just try and patch things up at 2nd base?
Mazz: They said a similar thing about pitching, too, that the development part of these young players is a critical thing, which I don’t dispute. But if that’s how they’re trying to fill their holes, then they’re not going to be much better next year.
Felger: It tells you that they’re not spending.
Mazz: Now if you want to tell me that they’re going to skimp at a spot or two because they can’t buy everything at once…
Felger: Second base is a place to do it.
Mazz: I would agree. Like I would tell say, “okay, I get it”. They traded for Enmanuel Valdez in that Christian Vazquez trade a couple of years ago. They think Valdez can hit, which he has shown some ability to do, but his defense is a train wreck. So, “we got to get this kid up to an acceptable level and we’re going to go that route because we’re going to go in heavy on pitching and we’re going to make a trade for center fielder”. Fine can’t have everything. If that’s the way it’s going to go, I need to see it. I need to see it. I need to see them spend on the pitching. I need to see them make the trade for the center fielder. I need to see it before I start believing that they’re going to be able to patch it together at second base.