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So … is there any money left for pitching? Red Sox roster building ...

Alex Speier  |  11/24/2014 - 9:55am EST

The Red Sox entered the offseason with considerable financial flexibility but a number of needs. The likelihood of an upgrade at third base was obvious. With Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez representing the top two options at that position, signing a third baseman was expected to absorb a considerable amount of the roughly $55 million or $60 million that the team could spend without bumping up against the luxury tax threshold. But no one forecast the signing of *both* Sandoval and Ramirez, nor the financial ramifications thereof. Multiple industry sources confirm that a five-year agreement with Ramirez (which Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported to be for $90 million) is in place; the situation with Sandoval is a bit murkier, as one major ...

Knee-Jerk Reactions: Week 11, Patriots vs. Lions

Jerry Thornton  |  11/24/2014 - 8:03am EST

Things to consider while admitting that these salutes to the troops, missing-man formation flyovers and the U.S. Marine color guard are a form of video pepper spray every, single time: -- I suppose by now we've moved beyond talking about the doubters, correct? It's safe to say that the anti-Patriots zealots and grudge-holders who were ready to bathe in the team's blood back in September no longer are germane to the discussion now that the Pats have pulled off yet another dominating win over yet another division leader? I mean, you can only string together so many “statement wins” before those statements assemble themselves into a soliloquy. And at this point they've formed the frigging St. Crispin's Day speech that should expose the ...

Trying to make sense of Red Sox reunion with Hanley Ramirez

Rob Bradford  |  11/24/2014 - 2:56am EST

"We do keep open the prospect of signing a long-term deal with a free agent, paying a sizable amount of money to attract a star in his prime. We haven't ruled that out. There's just a rebuttable presumption against doing that. But you can rebut it. The circumstances can allow to go ahead and do it." -- Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on WEEI, Feb. 21 Consider it rebutted. Who had Hanley Ramirez agreeing to a five-year deal, nine years to the day he left the Red Sox organization, as the first shoe to drop in Ben Cherington's offseason? Didn't think so. The tidy notion of the Red Sox inking Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester and then sitting out the rest of the offseason just flew out the window. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late ...

Humble Pie: Patriots defense flexes muscle again in rout of Lions

Christopher Price  |  11/23/2014 - 8:20pm EST

FOXBORO -- Another Sunday, another quality quarterback humbled. Against the Lions at Gillette Stadium, Matthew Stafford and the Lions became the latest trophy for the Patriots’ defense to stuff and mount to the wall. The Lions’ quarterback was 18-for-46 for 264 yards, with no touchdowns, one interception, and he was sacked twice. The Lions didn’t score a touchdown and ended up 5-for-17 on third down. And they couldn’t do much of anything on the ground, either, rushing for 91 yards but averaging a meager 3.6 yards per carry. Meanwhile, the Patriots strolled up and down the field with relatively little resistance against one of the best defensive teams in the league. They punted only twice before the end of the third ...

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11/24/2014 - 2:56am

"We do keep open the prospect of signing a long-term deal with a free agent, paying a sizable amount of money to attract a star in his prime. We haven't ruled that out. There's just a rebuttable presumption against doing that. But you can rebut it. The circumstances can allow to go ahead and do it." -- Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on ... more »

11/24/2014 - 9:55am

The Red Sox entered the offseason with considerable financial flexibility but a number of needs. The likelihood of an upgrade at third base was obvious. With Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez representing the top two options at that position, signing a third baseman was expected to absorb a considerable amount of the roughly $55 million or $60 million ... more »

11/23/2014 - 8:20pm

FOXBORO -- Another Sunday, another quality quarterback humbled. Against the Lions at Gillette Stadium, Matthew Stafford and the Lions became the latest trophy for the Patriots’ defense to stuff and mount to the wall. The Lions’ quarterback was 18-for-46 for 264 yards, with no touchdowns, one interception, and he was sacked twice. The Lions ... more »

11/22/2014 - 11:29pm

The Bruins’ latest loss to the Canadiens was not for lack of trying, but that doesn’t matter. The bottom line on a nightly basis is whether a team get points. Those points are hard to come by right now for the Bruins, who needed a third-period comeback and a seven-round shootout in order to eek past the lowly Blue Jackets Friday before ... more »

10/02/2014 - 10:29pm

This is how it ends. Unless you're John Elway, the final page or two of Act III for a great quarterback is ugly. Ask Joe Montana, or Dan Marino, or Brett Favre, or Johnny Unitas, or Terry Bradshaw, or Y.A. Tittle, or Dan Fouts. Look it up. And that makes sense. It's how it works: when you get older, you aren't as good as you were in your prime. I think ... more »

11/23/2014 - 8:14pm

FOXBORO -- No one goes for the jugular like the New England Patriots. It's truly remarkable to watch winning team after winning team come into Gillette Stadium and make a mess of themselves and turn into a group of men with no coping skills. Or worse, gutless cowards. That's precisely what the Patriots turned the Lions into Sunday after systematically ... more »

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Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

The head coach of your New England Patriots Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Holley and Steve DeOssie after the Patriots win over the Lions on Sunday.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale and Holley

Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, now an analyst for ESPN joined Dale and Holley for a breakdown of the Patriots win over the Lions, and a look-ahead to next Sunday night's showdown in Green Bay.

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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.

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Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston

Buster Olney on MFB: "San…

Buster Olney on MFB: "Sandoval decided, apparently, with two equal offers he wanted to go to Boston," 11-24-14

Buster Olney of ESPN joined MFB to talk about all the free agent news surrounding the Red Sox over the past 24 hours

Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal

Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.

Hot Stove Show 11-20-14

The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.

NESN's Jack Edwards with …

NESN's Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.

Andy Brickley, NESN, talks about the Bruins 2-0 win over St. Louis, 11-19-14

Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports. NHL should have a coach's challenge 11-13-14

Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!

Rob Bradford on Sandoval …

Rob Bradford on Sandoval and Hanley coming to Boston 11-24-14

Rob Bradford joined the show to discuss the latest signings by the Red Sox.

Tom Brady on the teams 7th straight win 11-24-14

Tom Brady discussed the teams latest win and the great play of Revis.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Pablo Sandoval signs with Boston 11-24-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Julian Edelman talks abou…

Julian Edelman talks about the mood in the Patriots locker room 11-24-14

Edelman calls MFB and looks back at the Patriots' victory over the Lions.

Buster Olney breaks down the latest from the hot stove 11-24-14

Buster joins MFB to look at the Red Sox adding Sandoval and Ramirez. He also looks ahead to what moves could be next.

Three for All: FBS vs. FCS is bad for football, 11-24-14

Tim talks about Kirk Herbstreit's distaste for FBS schools scheduling FCS schools, and Lou talks about Marshawn Lynch's most recent incident with the media.

Tedy Bruschi: That was Be…

Tedy Bruschi: That was Belichick serving Jonas Gray up a big slice of Humble Pie

Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, now an analyst for ESPN joined Dale and Holley for a breakdown of the Patriots win over the Lions, and a look-ahead to next Sunday night's showdown in Green Bay.

Bill Belichick: Concerning Dominic Raiola's cheapshot - we're on to Green Bay

The head coach of your New England Patriots Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Holley and Steve DeOssie after the Patriots win over the Lions on Sunday.

Red Sox spending spree lands Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez

Dale and Micheal talk about the news of day... the big moves the Red Sox have made with Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval.

Brandon Alisoglu gives us…

Brandon Alisoglu gives us an analysis of the Lions

Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.

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Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.

D&C Breaking Balls: Media…

D&C Breaking Balls: Media tweet beefs on evolution 11-24-14

The guys previewed the upcoming Packers Patriots game and discussed the media's latest tweet beef.

UnSportsManLike Podcast - 30 for 30 Ideas 11-21-14

Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.

College Puckcast with Andy Merritt and Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy

Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.

Tom Brady on the teams 7t…

Tom Brady on the teams 7th straight win 11-24-14

Tom Brady discussed the teams latest win and the great play of Revis.

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Rob Bradford on Sandoval …

Rob Bradford on Sandoval and Hanley coming to Boston 11-24-14

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The guys opened the show by discussing the Patriots latest win.

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The guys all disagreed on the Red Sox giving 5 years and 90 million dollars to Hanley Ramirez.

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