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Theo on AM 1510 The Zone with The Diehards (Ryen Rusillo, Anthony Pepe, Mike Wynn) 8.1.03:

- You had to have noticed the barrage of media attention, last night on Outside the Lines, all the New York papers, articles all over the country if you go on sports pages, is it hard to keep yourself in perspective a little bit with everything and all the attention you have gotten?

TE: Not really, I think too much is being made of it. We haven't done anything yet at all. We made a few deals, we put ourselves in a position to have a good final third of the season and hopefully a good postseason. But we haven't done anything yet and often times the deals at the time they're made are met with a lot of praise and enthusiasm are the ones that don't work out. And the ones that go under the radar screen that might not be met with any attention at the time turn out to be the best deals so we haven't done anything yet, it's a bit of a gameplan and executed it pretty well but a lot of teams in baseball did that. We just want to focus on having a last two good months of the season and getting into October.

- Now some of the trades that were rumored to happen, one was that you possibly had thrown some players back and forth to get Javier Vazquez from Montreal back down here. Is it safe to say that the Suppan deal was something you knew you could do and were waiting to see if you could find out if you could do something else knowing that that was always a possibility?

TE: No, not at all. It actually didn't come together until 10:30 or 11:00 yesterday morning. Once we had that in hand, we had to execute it because Suppan would have been going somewhere else so we did that trade. Then once we had that in hand we looked to see if there was anything else we could do... a way to make a complimentary trade but we didn't have that one until five hours before the deadline.

- Take us through the process of your calling other General Managers. Do you call other GMs and leave a message saying 'hey, we're interested in this player'...

TE: You develop relationships, you say call me back, there are a lot of different approaches. What we try to do here is put ourselves in the position of the other General Manager. The deals that often times come together and are actually executed are the deals that make sense for both sides. We obviously know what we need and we're trying to do, what salary restrictions we have and where our resources are. The key is to focus on what the other team's perspective is so say you're calling a Dave Littlefield you might want to do a really good job in assessing their payroll not only this year but next year and the following year. Assess their minor league system, what are their strenghts and weaknesses. What are they trying to do with their big league team. We've been reading the papers in Pittsburgh the last week to trying to figure out what short term interest they might have and what kind of public pressures they might be under. You try to put yourself in a position where you can understand the other team's position, not to exploit it but to give them something they can actually use and often times there is a deal available that helps both sides. That's what we try to do so when you call the other GM you just try to engage him in conversation and I like a lot of those guys and it always helps if they like you, so you make the requesite small talk and then get down to seeing if there's a way to fit both sides interest.

- A lot of people have been making a big deal about the relationship and the trades with Pittsburgh, George Steinbrenner is coming out and saying that they're gonna have the league look into it and all that stuff, how do you feel about that?

TE: Nah, it was not easy at all for us to get a deal with Dave Littlefield, he has a certain style too that is very effective for him. He targets one or two guys that he really likes and he kind of has tunnel vision, he doesn't lose focus on those players. For us, all along, the only players he really liked, the only players he really wanted were Brandon Lyon and Freddy Sanchez and that was the case the last month and I assume when he was talking with the Yankees probably the players that he liked and the players he locked in on were Brandon Claussen and Nick Johnson. So it's tough for those guys to move their players, it's tough for us to move Lyon and Freddy Sanchez but I can guarantee you there is absolutely no favoritism shown to us. I hate to think of how many trades we would have made with them if it were, he was tough on us, he did a good job representing the interest of the Pirates and that's why it took so long to get these deals done.

- With the next couple of days and your schedule being limited is it safe to say that you'll be going to the Colonial Theatre and see 'Damn Yankees?'

TE: (Ha,ha) I don't think so.

- OK, you are aware that it is playing this weekend right?

TE: Ahh, I've been made aware of that fact, yes.

- Now with the way the pitching rotation and the bullpen lines up there's going to be either, you've had 12 most of the season, you mentioned you might want to go to 11, but you're looking at maybe Fossum, Mendoza, and Lyon when he comes back, kind of battling for one spot, any idea how that might play out?

TE: Well it's not that big a deal as we're only one month away from rosters expanding so, we have one little tricky situation coming up when Fossum is going to start that second game of the doubleheader on August 8th but there's a long time between now and August 8th and we might have some roster juggling to do but beyond that, right about the time Lyon will be ready to come back will be right about the time rosters expand so we shouldn't have a problem managing that.

- With the disappointment in this series losing two out of three to Texas, I know it's just one series, but do you feel that frustration after you made all these great moves and there's this buzz and just an energy that this town hasn't felt in a while especially this late in the season, and then you lose a game like last night, do you feel the frustration?

TE: Yeah of course, and you feel it and it hurts, but you move on, it's baseball you cannot go day to day in this sport. You simply can't. And you also can't necessarily dictate your emotions and it's gonna hurt no matter what after every loss, especially a tough loss like last night, especially two in a row, especially losing the series to a last place ballclub. I laugh, I mean the fans in this town, the media, you should see the emails I get after every loss, people are just up in arms (- do you actually read them all?). I don't read them all, I read some of them, there are a couple that are hilarious (editor: thank you)... (- can you give us one?) No I don't want to read them... (- how many do you get?). I probably get about a dozen a day from fans who somehow found my email address but it's unbelievable (- sorry about that) It's amazing though, we could have had a great week, won five in a row, then you lose one game and it's like the sky is falling. In football you're a little more justified, you lose one game in football it's like a 10 game losing streak in baseball, 16 games vs. 162 games, so you just cannot get that tied up in the day in and day out... we all do and that's why it's such a great sport and that's why the Red Sox are such a great franchise but from my perspective, I can't get that caught up in the day in, day out.

- Celebrity boxing, you and Brian Cashman?

TE: I don't think that would work, Cash and I are actually pretty good friends, this rivalry that is portrayed on the front page of the sports secton today and all over the place exists because both franchises are trying to win the AL East but he's a great guy and we have great conversations. I don't wish any ill will on him at all, he's doing a fine job over there.

- Game 7 of the World Series, you win, where do you go, The Baseball Tavern, Who's On First, whaddya got?

TE: Oooh, I don't even want to allow myself think about that. I think we have plenty of options that night.

- Tough to follow those two questions. As you look at this team being put together, you said Kim will be the closer, Williamson will set up, Suppan will pop in there, Mendoza will be your long guy, how much of that is your decision, and how much of that is Grady coming to you, is it a collective effort, who has the upper hand how the players you added dictate their use?

TE: It's Grady's decision, he's in charge of how these players are used but the great thing about our relationship is that we do just about everything together, I never make a trade without running it by him first and getting his input. I won't always follow what he wants to do exactly to a T, but I do want his input, it's valuable, and he's a really insightful baseball guy and then he solicits my input too, and that's the way to work things because you're always going to get better results when you acquire players for a certain reason and they're used the right way.

- Do you think you have an advantage over other front offices because of the team, it was kind of deemed The Dream Team before the season started, but you have such a collection of baseball minds that you work together with, do you think that it's a huge advantage over other teams that have sort of been a dictatorship in terms of having one man in charge?

TE: I don't think other front offices are dictatorships, there's a great collection of perspectives and great baseball minds all around the game, I just know I'm very happy with the braintrust that we've assembled here, it's very balanced, just walking through the office I can get an expert in any one field related to baseball depending what office I walk into, I can pick up the phone and talk to some of the greatest scouts in the game we're lucky enough to have working for us so I couldn't be happier with what we have here.

- Theo how close were you guys to trading Trot Nixon for Freddy Garcia?

TE: Not close at all, Trot's a key part of what we have going on here. He was not involved in the Freddy Garcia talks at all.

- Were there any kind of big names that might have fallen through the cracks, something that you can give us that it was close to happening around here besides Freddy Garcia?

TE: I don't want to use names but we were close... we were relatively close to one of the best pitchers in baseball but he ended up not getting moved and we went after very aggressively... I feel we have one of the best offenses in baseball, I feel we have one of the best bullpens in baseball, getting this pitcher would have given us one of the best rotations in baseball too, and to me would have made us, you can't say it, but a strong, strong contender for the World Series but this player didn't get moved. We did everything under the sun to get him, we couldn't get him.

- When you look at the team, you have to get a little excited, with the bullpen in place, can you now sit back, do you feel confident enough that this is a team that you expect to be in the playoffs? Would you be surprised if this team wasn't in the playoffs?

TE: No, there's such great competition in the American League. Maybe if we were in the other league, or in the AL Central I'd say 'yeah, definitely, absolutely confident we'll be there' but there are four great teams going for three spots and we need to beat out one of those outstanding clubs. You never know in this game, I know this, that we have a lot of faith in the 25 guys in the clubhouse, and Grady Little and the coaching staff, we feel like this is the best club we've put on the field all year, and we've had good results so far, it should only get better, but as soon as you think you've got it figured out in this game something goes exactly opposite of the way you have it planned so we're in a good position, it's time to go out and execute.

- Do you think you'll be active in the waiver deadline at the end of August?

TE: Maybe. You never know, depends what's out there, depends on how our players perform, if our players stay healthy over the next month. I wouldn't be surprised if we did a little something, but then again, I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't.

Walker Out at Second.

"Todd's done a terrific job offensively this year, he's a free agent at the end of the season... if there's a way to keep that bat in your lineup, we'd love to do it..."

 Kim Better Close.

"He's only 24 years old, he's not used to throwing 180 innings, and you want to try to avoid big inning spikes on a young pitcher's arm so if he were to move back into a closer's role, it would probably help his career anyway. If that's something that we don't do, we might have him miss a turn or two on purpose just to watch the innings on his arm. I think at this point in his career, he's more effective as a closer, down the line he'll be equally effective as a starter."

6.26.03: Theo obviously disappointed at TW's defense but pleased with his offense. Transcript of conversation with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan:

On Sitting Behind the Plate: "The reason I look so stern is I'm trying not to react... I don't like it when people get on the phone behind home plate, it's not the right thing to do at a ballgame but I'll only take really important calls during the game. I was trying to get my seats moved back a little bit so I don't... the whole point is not to be on TV, the whole point is to sit down where you can evaluate the pitcher's stuff, location, and movement. And if you watch the whole game behind home plate, you get to know the whole league pretty quickly. You have to concentrate not on reacting to umpires calls and trying not to react when things don't go your way, or poor performances, because it's not appropriate to show your emotion down there. But I'll try to blink Gerry. On watching a Colon or Gordon for example: It's just like getting another scouting report from the Major League Scouts that sit up there, much better than watching it on TV, If you can put it together with information from your other scouts, there's nothing like seeing it for yourself, and it certainly helps to get a better feel. Gordon threw really well, he didn't have the same curveball that he had here, he's throwing more of a slider but his fastball is pretty explosive. He was throwing free and easy. And Colon I thought threw well given the fact that there was something clearly bothering him, it looked like he didn't have feeling in his fingers which is odd."

Players on Radar Screen: "We're in on a lot of guys, we're talking to 12 or 15 teams, right now, at this time of year it's a bit of a sellers market. Teams have really high demands, are asking for a number of prospects, it's just not the right time to do anything right now but that doesn't mean you don't stay involved 'cause it can change in an instant and you want to be there for the right opportunity. That's why we made the trade at the end of May when we did, because of timing, and the needs of a certain club, and different things that created a dynamic that was in favor for us so we went ahead and moved quickly because during the month of June it's often times a sellers market, but when you get closer and closer to the trade deadline it becomes a buyer's market."

All Set with Bullpen? "Not really. They've thrown really well but we're trying to build a championship caliber bullpen that can succeed in October, not just in June, I think we need to get a little bit deeper with our pitching staff. Again whether it's a starter, or a reliever, doesn't really matter to us, we want the best available pitcher and BK Kim gives us the flexibility to go get either one.

BK Kim: "Moving from the rotation to the bullpen at some point during the season wouldn't be the worse thing in the world for Kim. He's only 24 years old, he's not used to throwing 180 innings, and you want to try to avoid big inning spikes on a young pitcher's arm so if he were to move back into a closer's role, it would probably help his career anyway. If that's something that we don't do, we might have him miss a turn or two on purpose just to watch the innings on his arm. I think at this point in his career, he's more effective as a closer, down the line he'll be equally effective as a starter. I talked to him about this, as a closer, he tries to strike out every hitter and usually succeeds. His fastball is more overpowering as a closer, he throws 90-94, and he scraps the changeup and just goes with the rising slider which is also a little sharper and has more velocity as a closer. As a starter, he's starting to learn how to pitch for contact a little bit where he really tries to sink the ball, he throws more 86-88 with his fastball, he's throw the changeup a lot to lefthanded hitters, and he pitches to try to get an out with the first three pitches he tries to throw with a hitter, try to get a ground ball, and that's a tough thing to do and you have to learn how to do it. And that's what he's doing right now. So I think he will be really effective as a starter but right now he'll probably be more effective as a closer.

Lyon as Starter: "He certainly can start, and that's something that we're strongly considering for next year."

"Jeremy Giami is a very good hitter having a bad year. I don't that's going to last if he has the opportunity to play but sometimes you don't have that luxury. I'm not making lineup decisions, that's Grady's job but the point is that Ortiz was struggling before he got the opportunity too. Certain times players on a very deep team don't get that opportunity, they get that opportunity later on if there's an injury, we sure hope there's not, but if there is that's the time when you can get consistent at bats and turn things around. It's tough, he's really struggling and it's affecting him mentally, you saw with Grady getting him in the lineup every day, that's something a player needs to feel like like he's part of the team, to feel like he has an opportunity to turn this thing around. You might have to take a small bit of short term pain for longer term gain, because when that opportunity does come, heck, it could be in October where you need this guy to play everyday, and the type of faith that Grady showed the last few days will pay off in the long term. Even if it means that Ortiz is out of the lineup for a couple of days."

Grady's Pen Moves: Putting in Seanez the other night made no sense, does it frustrate you as much as it does some of us do watching those moves?: "I take notes then I talk about things with Grady usually the next day. I try not to do it the same day, especially after a loss because there's too much emotion involved. A manager makes hundreds of decisions during the course of a game. Often times there are things going on with the club that can't be made know to the public that affect decisions, a certain pitcher too sore to pitch on a given day, things happen, but managers have a very, very difficult job and I'll just say it's much easier sitting in your easy chair, sitting in the stands, than it is in the dugout but no I don't divorce myself from those decisions that go on during the course of the game and I think talking about things with the manager is helpful in the long run for everybody.

Mendoza's Hellenic Flu: "No his knee was bothering him so he did need to go on the DL because of the knee but it did come at an opportune time because he does need to work on his confidence. A chicken and egg type of thing. Does a flat sinker lead to a lack of confidence? Or does a lack of confidence lead to the flat sinker? Probably a little bit of both, and we need to figure out both. Scouting reports from our staff down there, the Gulf Coast League is 18-19 year olds, that was just to get him some work off the mound, see how the knee feels. It's going to be a process making sure the knee is 100%. Hopefully by the time it is the other issues are as well."

On Trade Rumors: "This off-season we were a little too open, I think I can be critical of myself and our staff for that. I think we played our cards not close enough to the vest, I think it came to bite us on a number of occasions. We have really changed that. I've taken some steps to tighten up the circle of information and make sure less leaks out (damn) and I think that will be helpful. A lot of what you see out there now is inaccurate..."

Up on the Farm: "The top tier of our farm system is actually pretty good. I do have to admit that our farm system is not where it needs to be right now. There are about six guys that qualify that we really like, not going to mention any names. But to trade one of those guys we would have to get a slam dunk, guaranteed, major factor for the team this year and there are very, very few of those, or someone that we're going to control for a long time, like the Kim deal."

Murphy's Law: "I'd say the expected progression is that he'll move sometime during this season up to A-ball. He should finish next year in AA. So you're looking at 2005 when he goes to AAA and can make majors at the end of the season. Someone like (David) Murphy who controls the strikezone already could be on a track similar to what Gabe Gross was on a couple of years ago, Toronto's pick out of Auburn. Arizona Fall League and then started at AA his next year. With that you could be looking at a year and a half development track but that is getting way ahead of ourselves. The jump to AA is a huge jump and that takes certain guys two years in itself. I'd say anywhere from a year and a half to three and a half years for Murphy."

On HanRam Being Psychotic: "In Boston anytime a prospect goes 3-for-4 they say he's the next Ted Williams, and anytime a guy has a minor incident on or off the field, they say he's psychotic. He's not at all. He loves to play he's just going through some of the things that happen during development. It's a huge adjustment for guys coming over from the Dominican Republic to find themselves in Augusta Georgia. And he's been through a couple of things that we think have made him stronger. It's much overblown."

Gabe Kapler: "You think I'd get criticism for favoring members of the Tribe on that one? He's a talented guy, he does certain things really well. Now that he's released I guess we can approach him. He may want to look for an opportunity where he can play more to reestablish his career. But we do have interest in adding a right handed bat to our lineup to compliment what we have on our roster."

Taking on Money: "When assessing a player you're only going to have for three months, the first calculation you do is the money to make sure we have enough left but the cushion we built up is more than enough for the players we're discussing. But you do have to make that talent judgment. 'A whole career of prospect X who's in A A, who will be here in a year and half, who you control for six seasons. Is a whole career of that player worth a closer/starter who you may have until 2003. If the prospect doesn't pan out it was worth it. It usually doesn't work, you have to pick your player carefully. And prospects are prospects for a reason, most of them still don't work out. Knowing which ones you really want to hold onto and which ones you will trade is very important. We have a pretty good track record, the two prospects that we traded for Todd Walker aren't really doing anything. It's just really important to know your own players. Of course you have to give up something to get something. But you want to hold onto the guys who are going to be legitimate big leaguers."

Movin' on Walker: "We're going to access that at the appropriate time but Todd's done a terrific job offensively this year, he's a free agent at the end of the season, we do have a policy of not negotiating during the season, but we'll access it at the end of they year. If there's a way to keep that bat in your lineup, we'd love to do it, but again, that's for another time."

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