BOSTON (CBS) – Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak were not playing nice to start the week this Monday morning when they lead their discussion talking Red Sox.
A recent tweet by the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo was the jumping off point for the guys.
3 things learned: Red Sox would prefer to keep Bogearts at 3rd. They also want to keep Uehara for next season. Can deal Drew if he hits.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 11, 2014
Gresh doesn’t see why the Red Sox can’t just trade Koji Uehara this season. He thinks that the Red Sox shouldn’t be so dead set on having Uehara for next year.
“You can find a closer, like you did with Uehara,” said Gresh. “They found a closer. Yes, he fell into your lap, they also signed [Edward] Mujica, who, while he hasn’t been great this year, might be better just getting three outs instead of extending him. So you have a guy on the roster that you can slide back into that role for a couple of months.”
Scott Zolak is in the other camp.
While he believes Uehara can get you a lot in return, he also thinks the 39-year-old closer is a valuable piece worth keeping around.
“That’s the one piece that is going to give you a ton back,” said Zolak. “They got rid of A.J. Pierzynski, Jonny Gomes has no market — you read some of the stuff coming out about Shane Victorino and that’s frustrating. But Uehara is going to give you the most out there on the market. But if this team really thinks they’re close, and they are going to go out and get a big time bat in the offseason, and you’re going to solidify your shortstop, then why not have him back for another year?”
The Red Sox were lucky to get out of Uehara what they have for the past year and a half according to Gresh, and now is the time to cash in.
“But consider it an investment, it’s a little bit like Uehara,” said Gresh. “You bought a house on a corner lot that you rehabbed and are now going to flip it for three times for what you paid for it.”
Do you think the Red Sox should trade Koji Uehara? Listen below for the full discussion: