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About Alex Speier

Before he joined WEEI.com, Alex covered the Red Sox for several New England and national publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, Boston Metro, Boston Herald and Baseball America. Alex graduated from Harvard, where he served as the captain of the debate team, an experience that has been of surprisingly little use in press boxes across the country.

 
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Alex Speier
01/26/2012 - 12:56pm
For all of the handwringing about the Red Sox’ approach to the luxury tax, the reality is that the team is already projected to push past the $178 million threshold for the 2012 season for the seventh time in nine seasons.
Alex Speier
01/23/2012 - 10:00am
The trade of Marco Scutaro was treated throughout baseball as a confounding maneuver. The idea that the Red Sox were shipping the player who had been penciled in as their Opening Day starter seemed to make almost no sense.
Alex Speier
01/19/2012 - 9:00am
On paper, the Red Sox feature three locks in their rotation and what seems like about a dozen question marks whom the team hopes to re-shape into a couple of answers.
Alex Speier
01/04/2012 - 9:00am
For three years, Andrew Bailey has been one of the most dominant relievers in the majors. So why were the Red Sox able to acquire him without giving up any of their most prized prospects?
Alex Speier
12/30/2011 - 9:31am
Ryan Kalish was never part of the equation for opening day in 2012.
Alex Speier
12/21/2011 - 2:36am
C.J. Wilson and Jonathan Papelbon were born within a week of each other in November 1980. Both broke into the majors in the middle of the 2005 season, a year in which, after dabbling in the rotation, they moved into the bullpen.
Alex Speier
12/19/2011 - 6:45pm
The first trade of the tenure of new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington came and went last week with relatively little fanfare. The Sox added a late-innings reliever (precise role TBD) in Mark Melancon, a pitcher whose profile as a closer remained obscure despite a very good season given that his first taste of the role occurred last year for an Astros team that won just 56 games.
Alex Speier
12/15/2011 - 12:27pm
And so, the first moves by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington are on the books. But he is not done.
Alex Speier
12/09/2011 - 10:30am
DALLAS -- Is Albert Pujols better than Adrian Gonzalez? Maybe, maybe not.
Alex Speier
12/08/2011 - 4:50am
DALLAS – Eager to find out what the Red Sox will do this winter? Too bad.
Alex Speier
12/05/2011 - 8:59am
DALLAS -- For the last several years, the Red Sox consistently have spent more aggressively than any team in the majors save for the Yankees.
Alex Speier
12/02/2011 - 9:56am
Now, the process that led to the hiring of Bobby Valentine is unimportant. The perception and preconceived notions of the new manager of the Red Sox likewise fade into irrelevance, as do any assumptions he might have had about his team.
Alex Speier
12/01/2011 - 10:45am
Make no mistake: The Red Sox’ managerial search ended in a very different place than where it began.
Alex Speier
11/28/2011 - 5:00am
There are times when five weeks can seem like a very long time.
Alex Speier
11/24/2011 - 12:41pm
At first glance, it seemed uncertain whether the Red Sox would offer salary arbitration to free agents David Ortiz and Dan Wheeler on Wednesday.
Alex Speier
11/22/2011 - 9:53am
The atmosphere was simply … different.
Alex Speier
11/15/2011 - 7:22am
MILWAUKEE – What do you do when you watch your longtime All-Star closer become the first high-profile free agent to switch teams? If you are the Red Sox, then in all likelihood, you dig in and begin what could be a protracted waiting game for his replacement.
Alex Speier
11/10/2011 - 9:05am
Three candidates down, two on the horizon and none planned beyond that.
Alex Speier
11/09/2011 - 9:21am
Well, that didn’t take long. The starter’s pistol for free agent closers went off on Tuesday, and teams in the market for free agent closers were floored when it did so. The Phillies and closer Ryan Madson were reportedly nearing a four-year, $44 million deal that also included a $13 million vesting option for a fifth year.
Alex Speier
11/08/2011 - 8:55am
As Dan Duquette gets ready to re-enter Major League Baseball after a hiatus of nearly 10 years, it is worth reconsidering one contentious area of the new Orioles general manager’s track record in Boston.
Alex Speier
11/03/2011 - 2:00am
There is little question that the next manager of the Red Sox will face a challenging yet potentially highly rewarding task.
Alex Speier
11/02/2011 - 7:37am
On Tuesday night, the baseball world recognized Jacoby Ellsbury as one of the defensively elite players in the game.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk cleared as Pats prepare for start of training camp

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the start of Patriots training camp. Players began arriving for camp on Wednesday, and Bill Belichick broke the news that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play.

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady's present and future

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

John Farrell with Dale an…

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Starbucks tattoo 7-23-14

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

Jake Peavy is done 7-23-14

The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

Red Sox catcher, David Ro…

Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

Three For All: Landscaping goats, 7-23-14

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

John Farrell: No thought …

John Farrell: No thought of taking Jake Peavy out of the starting rotation at this point

We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

Sidney Rice chooses his health over everything else with retirement announcement, will this continue to be a trend in the NFL?

We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Patriots Preview Edition - 7-23-14

We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

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Danny O Show - Canelo vs Lara recap, Ronnie Shields

Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Producer's Podcast with Julian Edlow 7-22-14

This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

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Steve Buckley on Tony Dungy's comments 7-22-14

Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

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We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.

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Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Starbucks tattoo 7-23-14

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

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