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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
02/10/2012 - 9:15am
As the trade deadline approached in 2011, the Red Sox felt their hands, to a degree, were tied. Ditto 2010.
Alex Speier
02/08/2012 - 12:43pm
It has been a decade since the Red Sox have gone to an arbitration hearing with a player. In 2002, the process taking place between the team and pitcher Rolando Arrojo received little notice. This year, however, the stakes will be a bit higher if the Sox end up in front of a panel of three arbitrators.
Alex Speier
02/03/2012 - 4:59pm
Aaron Cook could have chosen an easier path this offseason.
Alex Speier
01/31/2012 - 8:57am
No Red Sox move this offseason raised more eyebrows than the decision this month to trade Marco Scutaro -- who was poised to serve as the team's everyday shortstop -- to the Rockies while turning the position over to Mike Avi
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
01/24/2012 - 7:21am
So long as his 2011 season with the Giants was an aberration, the Red Sox acquired a player who fits their roster in a number of ways by agreeing (according to multiple major league sources) with outfielder
Alex Speier
01/23/2012 - 10:00am
The trade of Marco Scutaro was treated throughout baseball as a confounding maneuver.
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
12/22/2011 - 9:56am
General manager Ben Cherington said recently that the Red Sox have been content to "kind of let the market come to us a little bit," and that remains an a
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. Both took up residency in the ‘pen for several years thereafter.
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
12/07/2011 - 5:00am
DALLAS -- If David Ortiz has decided to accept the Red Sox’ offer of salary arbitration and thus guarantee that he will spend at least one more year in Boston, then as of just after midnight early Wednesday morning, that
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.
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. That, in a nutshell, summarizes where the Red Sox currently stand in their search for the successor to Terry Francona.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

MLB Commissioner Rob Manf…

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred joins Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett

Joe and Tim are in Chicago where the Red Sox are playing the White Sox and Commissioner Manfred stops by the booth for half an inning.

Xander Bogaerts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

Lou Merloni swears a lot.…

Lou Merloni swears a lot. Kirk shows him a DM he received from Tim Benz, 5-6-16

Despite talking about hating the crossover on Kirk's podcast, Lou came in to discuss his potty mouth. Kirk reveals that Tim Benz sent a Direct Message (on Twitter) about Lou's comments on the podcast.

Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky's behavior in 1976, 5-6-16

Reports have come out that say Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky molesting boys as far back as 1976.

No one is allowed to suggest David Ortiz is still on PED's, 5-6-16

It's becoming clear that fans and media are ready to circle the wagons for David Ortiz if anyone else brings up PED's.

Why can't we be friends? …

Why can't we be friends? 5-6-16

Tim Benz and Jerry Thornton hop on to talk to Lou about what he said about them in the "Enough About Me Podcast."

Mut and Merloni re-dux? 5-6-16

Mike Mutnansky calls to talk to Lou about what was said on the "Enough About Me" Podcast. He also talks Kentucky Derby

OMF discusses the latest Joe Paterno news, 5-6-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christiantalk about the latest indictment of Joe Paterno's knowledge of what was going on at Penn State

Charles Barkley wants the…

Charles Barkley wants the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers - response and reaction

We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.

Ortiz does it again... we discuss his legacy in what is supposed to be his final season

Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Barkley's Dumbest Soundbites Edition 05-05-16

Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.

Planet Mikey Show, 5-4-16

Planet Mikey Show, 5-4-16

Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3/16

Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Bradfo Show - NWOA's Dr D…

Bradfo Show - NWOA's Dr Dan Quinn on Pablo's Health

Dr. Dan Quinn joins John Tomase on the Bradfo Show to talk about Pablo Sandoval's surgery, his recovery, and his rehab.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - JERRY READS JEN ROYLE'S MEAN TWEETS

Jerry is joined once again by Jen Royle, who demonstrates the perfect attitude for handling Twitter trolls, cyberbullies and the stalkers who have her a nervous breakdown. And Jerry reads the filthiest messages ever spoken in a podcast.

Across The Board - Kentucky Derby Preview with Mut

Mike Mutnansky handicaps the 142nd running of the the Kentucky Derby with Matt Bernier of the Daily Racing Form, award-winning author Dick Jerardi courtesy of Xpressbet.com and Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Vesce.

SI's Peter King - I don't…

SI's Peter King - I don't think Deflategate is over yet

We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter King

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Is the fire out? The passion Patriots fans once held for this topic seems to have fizzled. We explore what the Patriots do from here, especially the first four games of the season.

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It Is What It Is Cast - Field Yates talks Patriots QB situation

In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with ESPN's Field Yates about the Patriots and what they'll do at quarterback in the wake of the latest Deflategate ruling. Chris and Field also discuss how New England is going to approach this year's draft, as well as how the Pats stack up against the rest of the AFC East at this point of the offseason.

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