Alex Cora on D&K says he's 'very comfortable' with current team ahead of MLB trade deadline

Connor Donahue
July 11, 2018 - 4:16 pm

With the July 31 trade deadline looming on the horizon, reports have circulated that the Red Sox are in the market for bullpen help, as well as potentially other spots.

Manager Alex Cora joined Dale & Keefe on Wednesday for his weekly interview and was asked if he was comfortable with this current team, which by the way, owns the best record in baseball.

“Very comfortable. I think from top to bottom, obviously, there are certain guys that are doing a better job now offensively like Jackie Bradley. He’s doing an outstanding job,” Cora said. “There are a few pitchers that we think are going to make adjustments and be a lot better than what they’ve shown in the first half. We’re very comfortable right now.”

The Sox will continue to learn how to be comfortable without Dustin Pedroia. The veteran second baseman has been sent to rehab his injury back home in Arizona.

“Pedey’s a guy who loves to be here and he’s so invested in the team. It’s not like he forgets about himself but he needs time for him, for Dustin Pedroia,” Cora explained. “When you’re in the clubhouse he’s the first one to say, ‘Just take care of Sale, just take care of Price. We’ll find time for myself.’ And I don’t think that’s the best thing for him.”

Cora went on to explain that Pedroia’s long road back ensures he’s not just healthy for this season, but for years to come.

“He’ll be in the clinic from 8-5, he’ll do everything possible to be back as soon as possible. But he’s away from all the noise, away from the guys; I think it’s a lot better,” Cora said. “I do feel that he’s going to help us out and contribute to what we’re trying to accomplish.

“This is for more than this season. For X or Y reason he doesn’t come back this year, we know he’ll be back next year. We just don’t want him to put pressure on himself. There are years left in the contract that we feel he can perform. He’ll be fine, he’ll play baseball again.”

Here are more highlights from the interview.

On the team’s base running: “We’re making better decisions. There are a few decisions where we’re like, ‘Where did that come from?’ But they’ve been better. I think Tom Goodwin and Ron Roenicke have done an outstanding job the last month with talking to them about decisions. As for the stolen bases, this organization has been really good for as long as I can remember…I think between Mookie, Jackie, and Benny, they’ve been thrown out three times, that’s it. And that’s a weapon, we hit homers, we slug, but whenever we’re struggling we can put pressure on teams by taking an extra 90 feet.”

On the bullpen: “We got some guys who are stepping up. Heath Hembree has been amazing the last month and a half, great against left-handed hitters. [Matt Barnes] has been outstanding against both. [Joe Kelly] struggled a little last month but he’s been getting back into the mix, using his changeup a little bit more. We’re comfortable.”’

On David Price’s last outing: “It wasn’t a good one. But if you pay attention you see he started pitching up in the zone, which is a good sign. The velocity was there…He understands he has to make adjustments. The stuff is there; it’s just a matter of the usage. If he does that he’ll be fine.”

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