Ryan on Sox: 'Don't waste your money overspending'

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Ryan on Sox: 'Don't waste your money overspending'

Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy were in studio for Sports Tonight to talk Red Sox and what they should -- or in this case shouldn't -- do this offseason.

Boston has been linked to Mike Napoli and Nick Swisher. Ryan doesn't want the Sox to make any major longterm signings, but if the Sox are going to sign somebody, he'll go Swisher.

"If you're going to go and err on the side of we need someone, I would give it to Swisher on the basis of versatility, number one, he's clearly more versatile, and I would just go there if you're going to do it. Napoli has suddenly be elevated because of his play against the Red Sox, they think he's like Frank Thomas or somebody. Wait a second."

Lou  Merloni is on the same page as Ryan.

"With the signing of David Ross, I agree with Bob, I think Nick Swisher has more versatility because you have two holes first base and outfield," Merloni said. "You don't have a hole at catcher, you have enough of them. So right now I'm not so sure I'm interested in Napoli."

And just in case you didn't know -- or you're in denial -- Ryan makes it perfectly clear where the Red Sox are currently at.

"The run is over. The era is over of automatic contention. We are retooling, resetting, whatever it is. This is not going to be the year, it's not going to be much of a year, so don't waste your money overspending on anybody. Save the money until there's a reason to use it properly, and accept who we are now. Can people do that?"

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.