John Henry: 'I'm very optimistic about this year'
Fri, 15 Feb 2013|
John Henry talks with Sean McAdam and explains why he is very optimistic about this upcoming Red Sox season.
We are about a week in the spring training John Henry and both. You and Larry Lucchino Tom Warner. Have. Presence here at the spring training and seemed a little bit more high profile is that the cost conscious effort to be a little bit more visible with sprint. Well you know which we try to be accessible once a year. Sometimes twice a year so. And it's just this time of year where it's always important this time years to get. Answers questions people have. So that's what we're doing. A lot of the interviews with both yourself and -- and Larry naturally. Centered around. The struggles the team this wants a couple of years. So. Claims that perhaps the team -- for -- some suggestions that distracted by other business interest and find yourself. Being on the defensive more than you'd like having to read about things that you've. No because we only do this once he. Now. When I run in the fans that's a different it's completely different conversation. Did any of that so I don't feel on defense at all. So that probably sounds offensively we have to answer particular question especially finish last place you should be on the defensive. So. Or at least put on the defense. But. The answer is is no I think it our main consideration and think what occupies the thoughts really. And so getting back on the winning track and today we. We heard from in general manager and manager or CEO. And few other people in there today and first team meeting and it. -- it was it it was exciting and -- there's. In in my mind recently. Strong feeling about this team where we're headed this year. You referenced the big tree with the Dodgers and when you sleep last August unloading a lot of contracts that have become untenable. And a promise to be more disciplined. Some fans hear about and worry. That you will not again be big players in free agency having been burned on some big deals. What do you say to them about the team's willingness to go out and bid for the best for you completely there. Only have a history doing that but as I said we have to be smarter about and he he can't. It's not good policy in general to give that extra year. It or or perhaps to give them extra. X amount of dollars every year to every. Everyone and frankly it's not really necessary because. Players want to play boss. Last year might event and an exception but it. Since we've been here players wanna be in Boston players who know me you know the players that I saw. Have seen this week has -- today are really excited about this. -- what baseball means in this community and to be a part of this this great franchise. And yet when you go out and start hitting on. See Josh Hamilton's Zack Greinke and perhaps down the road Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. The industry standard is that the best players Donald would get the highest annual average salary but they get that long -- 670. You today. Can you reverse that trend by sort of front loading deals and getting. Players to come here for a shorter period by significantly -- seeing other people in the near term. Well that's so we've done we had the flexibility to be able to do that this year but -- but. I think the did. The biggest point you make along those lines is that baseball is changing it really is changing. I think we all see it I think younger players are having more of an impact on the game than they did five years ago. And it's actually see it for a little more than National League and haven't numerically but still. And and I think -- that's a continuing trend. And so it means you have to -- you have to be very Smart. Draft you can't trade away draft picks. So. But but we're going to be I I know we didn't sign any really long term deals this year. Two you know we're we're hopeful of doing you deal -- Jacoby. We'll have. Jon Lester. And Dustin Pedroia coming out there and so it's not just. It's such as free agency yet you know we have done a lot of long term deals including a couple that I just mentioned. Homegrown and you might say deals and and so it. I don't think people should worry about that aspect I think that this. The fact that baseball is changing and if we weren't prepared to change these things should they should worry. It has been. Stage frustrating for you last few years. Three straight well here. Yeah to go back to beat me in the playoffs here. That have been one. Three managers in three years after you finished last place. -- patience. Tried. And if you are talking about getting back to a more disciplined approach. Off the -- to do when you know there's an appetite. From the fans that they want to win now having missed -- but it's. Well I don't think anyone wants to win now more than we do I. And one of the advantages we have in this people Colin market in this. In this area is that we have extremely knowledgeable baseball fans. So if they feel like that you're headed in the right direction. You don't necessarily have to. To win in any given year but from my perspective I think we have a very good chance to -- you. I'm very optimistic. About this year. So. I don't necessarily think they have to I think the American League east you know -- -- better earlier today the American League east is. Really going to be uninteresting interesting. A race -- have five teams that all potential to win this thing so. So I don't think. That's an issue and I think that it that if they see us getting him here and they see as she uses it you using some discipline. That he'll be heartened by that. And let's -- you're overly cynical.