SEATTLE -- Despite speculation that the arrival of Red Sox owner John Henry and general manager Ben Cherington in Seattle could indicate an impending managerial change, that was far from what transpired on Monday.
Valentine had breakfast with Henry before his team began the last leg of a nine-day road swing against the Mariners, but he said they discussed, "Things that he's concerned with, things that I deal with."
"For any of you who are sorry that I didn't get fired, I'm sorry that you're sorry," Valentine said. "I don't think I did [get dismissed] this morning."
Cherington said he talked to Valentine after the non-waiver Trade Deadline about controlling the things that they are able to, and both were being evaluated on their daily work. The two talked again after the Aug. 25 blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers concerning the same topic.
Cherington also added that a team's record is more of a reflection of the players on the field.
"It's the work that gets done," Cherington said of the evaluation process. "It's getting the right work done every day. Be mindful of how guys are being used and find out as much as we can about these guys in a safe way the rest of the way."
The Red Sox are in the midst of a nine-game West Coast road trip in which they've dropped all six games entering Monday's contest and have been outscored 54-15 by the Angels and A's. The six consecutive losses is the longest of the season and hasn't been done by the team since it opened 2011 with a six-game slide, which was also the last time the club has been swept in back-to-back series of at least three games.
"A lot of that is just simply we're -- the team, the roster -- is at a different point than it was earlier in the year, past seasons, and it's different than it will be down the road," Cherington said. "We're at a different point. We're trying to learn some things about guys. Sometimes that doesn't put us at a position to be as competitive as we'd like to and win games.
"It's hard to watch. It's a reflection on all of us, mostly me. It's the painful part of the process. We made a big deal because it felt like it would give us the best chance to build the next really good team, but we're in that painful part of the process where things aren't going well right now."
Cherington added there is a fear that the trade with the Dodgers could have inadvertently sent a message to the players that the team is looking toward the future and past this season, but he also said there are things to accomplish, even on an individual level, and doesn't expect a drop in effort.
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.