Sam Kennedy

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy on OM&F: 'There will be a lot of outbound calls' before the trade deadline

June 15, 2016 - 10:06 am
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Red Sox president Sam Kennedy called into the Ordway, Merloni, & Fauria show Wednesday to talk about the approaching MLB trade deadline and other team news. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page. Although the Red Sox are a game out of first place in the American League East, it's become evident that there are some holes in the team that needs to be addressed. With the trading deadline on July 31, many expect the Red Sox front office to be busy in the coming weeks, and Kennedy expects that as well. "I think we'll certainly be aggressive in terms of preparation and the work that goes into it," Kennedy said. "In my experience, it seems to always come down to those last couple of days, last couple of hours. I think [president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski] and [general manager Mike Hazen] and our great team of baseball operations will do whatever they think needs to be done to get us where we want to be, which is a playoff team. We'd really like to win the division, given the uncertainty around the playoff format." When looking at potential trades, the Red Sox will be led by Dombrowski, who joined the team last summer. He has a knack for making big trades, and Kennedy trusts him to make the team better for the final stretch of the season. "One of the things about [him] joining us in August, it was extremely helpful from a competitive standpoint," Kennedy said. "Dave has had a long time to evaluate things at the major league level and throughout our farm system. ... This guy eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball. When he's not traveling with the team, he's visiting minor league affiliates. He's really gotten to know everyone throughout the entire organization, so I think that will prove to be very helpful as he evaluates trade opportunities alongside Mike Hazen and everyone in baseball operations. Added Kennedy: "We'll see, I think there will be a lot of activity and intrigue in the Red Sox, just because of the amazing job our baseball operations have done in terms of drafting and developing players. It's no secret that we have a lot of ability throughout the minor leagues and so there will be a lot of incoming phone calls, and there will be a lot of outbound calls as well. It will be a busy time over the next 45 days." Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox. On considering Boston's base of young players with the deadline approaching: "A lot of these young players are going to be here for a long time. One of the hardest things about probably any business, but in professional sports is to balance that short-term need to win with the need to win and be competitive long term. ... We've had a great run here, and it's not easy to balance the short term with the long term, that's what takes time to do, and frankly we are in the mix this year. We'll be able to have one eye on what we need to do in 2016, which we know the stakes are high, and we know what the goal is, but also not lose sight of what we want to try and do in 2017 and beyond." On Rusney Castillo's disappointing season: "It's frustrating for everyone when you don't perform up to your own expectations. I get frustrated myself when I don't perform up to my expectations, I know it's frustrating for a lot of the players that we have if they don't perform. I don't want to speak for Rusney, and I'm certainly not going to comment on how other people feel, I can speak for myself. I think it is frustrating when you have high hopes for a player and they don't perform at the level that'd you expect. But that's part of it, this is a hard game, making the preparations for paying at a high level, whether it's minor leagues at the amateur level to the major leagues, it's just an incredible jump. It's difficult, hopefully Rusney can be a big part of this club going forward, overall we're all hopeful for him and hopefully giving him the right sources he needs to get there, and hopefully that will happen in the near future." On Fenway Park possibly hosting a Boston Celtics game: "We'd love to do it. We have so much respect for Rich Gotham and Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge, that whole official group. Talk about tough scheduling, just given the nature of their season, it's a tricky one, we hope to be playing baseball deep into the fall and then you have weather issues. We haven't given up on it, we've got a very busy schedule here with concerts, we're working to bring back some outdoor hockey at Frozen Fenway in the city of Boston, the Hockey East Conference, we're working on that one. We want to continue to open up Fenway for new, different events, while we haven't gotten anything done with the Celtics, that's something we would love to keep alive and keep trying to figure out how we could pull that off."