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Red Sox chairman Tom Werner is pretty high on James Loney

Aug 25, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

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It’s only natural for teams to accentuate the positive after a trade in order to instill some confidence in their fanbase, but this is a little much.

According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the following when asked about the pending blockbuster trade with the Dodgers.

“Hopefully this deal will go through today. If it falls into place, the deal sheds us from tens of millions of dollars of long-term commitments. It gets us great prospects who will improve our major league roster as soon as next year. It brings us a player in James Loney who was ‘untouchable’ a couple of years ago. It allows us to start over with free agents. We want to win for our fans and we now have huge financial flexibility to improve the team.”

Yes, the same James Loney who has four home runs in 359 plate appearances this year and hasn’t posted an OPS higher than .756 since he appeared in 96 games as a 23-year-old in 2007. I’m pretty sure Brandon Wood and Lastings Milledge were untouchable back then, too. When are they coming to Fenway?

  1. bennyandthemets - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    “Red Sox chairman Tom Werner is pretty high on James Loney”…is that like bath salts? because he can’t mean the baseball player James Loney…

  2. dondada10 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Werner is gonna flip when he finds out Dontrelle Willis is available.

  3. uclafightfightfight - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah and he gave up three players who were untouchable two years ago to get him

    • notsofast10 - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      I gave you a thumbs down, your comment was great, but your handle is very weak.
      Fight On!!!! Football Season is here.

  4. xpensivewinos - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    D.J. –

    I’m no mind-reader, but I’m pretty sure you meant to say: Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner is Pretty High.

    Those last three words are obviously a typo.

    As you were………. :)

    • raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      I was going to use that one!

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Spoken like an executive of a team in a different league on the opposite coast.

    But what was he supposed to say? “Sure, Loney sucks, but at least we don’t owe him $175MM.”

  6. townballblog - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Haha. I agree, he’s going pretty far to “instill confidence” on the player he is getting back. However, he IS saying the truth – Loney was a pretty big prospect at one point. Also, lefties love Fenway Park.

  7. melsh13 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    We always suspected it, but now it’s proven:
    Tom Werner is funnier than Howie Mandel.

  8. spudatx - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Loney must have recently said he’s going to start “working out” with Melky Cabrera or something. Where does he see this upside coming from?

  9. uclafightfightfight - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    To be fair, Loney can’t play much worse than he has.

  10. icanspeel - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    It’s easy to be high on someone when they haven’t played any games for you yet.. Just wait until they see him action.. One would guess his opinion may change.

  11. Charles Gates - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    The difference between ‘untouchable’ and ‘no one would touch him’ is immense.

  12. bloodysock - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    All Werner said was that it brings them a player who once was “untouchable”.

    I’d love the guy too if I just dumped $270 million in bad contracts and a malcontent player for $12 million in cash and several prospects and all I had to do was take Loney’s expiring contract.

    • 78mu - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      But Werner is right that Loney was once untouchable. It was the day a couple of years ago when he went 4 for 4 with a HR.

      Of course the next day he went back to very touchable and has stayed there ever since.

  13. Brian Murphy - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Casey Fossum thinks that is a ridiculous comment.

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