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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 - 8:15am
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 - 11:43am
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 - 3:59pm
Aaron Cook could have chosen an easier path this offseason.
Alex Speier
01/31/2012 - 7:57am
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 - 11:56am
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 - 6:21am
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 - 9:00am
The trade of Marco Scutaro was treated throughout baseball as a confounding maneuver.
Alex Speier
01/19/2012 - 8:00am
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 - 8:00am
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 - 8:31am
Ryan Kalish was never part of the equation for opening day in 2012.
Alex Speier
12/22/2011 - 8:56am
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 - 1:36am
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 - 5:45pm
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 - 11:27am
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 - 9:30am
DALLAS -- Is Albert Pujols better than Adrian Gonzalez? Maybe, maybe not.
Alex Speier
12/08/2011 - 3:50am
DALLAS – Eager to find out what the Red Sox will do this winter? Too bad.
Alex Speier
12/07/2011 - 4:00am
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 - 7:59am
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 - 8:56am
Now, the process that led to the hiring of Bobby Valentine is unimportant.
Alex Speier
12/01/2011 - 9:45am
Make no mistake: The Red Sox’ managerial search ended in a very different place than where it began.
Alex Speier
11/28/2011 - 4:00am
There are times when five weeks can seem like a very long time.
Alex Speier
11/24/2011 - 11:41am
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 - 8:53am
The atmosphere was simply … different.
Alex Speier
11/15/2011 - 6:22am
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 - 8:05am
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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NFL Sunday with Danny Pic…

NFL Sunday with Danny Picard and Chris Price -- Previewing the Broncos and Panthers meeting in Super Bowl 50 -- 1-31-16

Picard and Price take a look at next week's Super Bowl match-up with the Broncos and Panthers, what they see going down in Santa Clara and if the Broncos top-ranked D can slow down the mission that Cam Newton is on.

NFL Sunday with Danny Picard and Chris Price -- Making an attempt to move forward and look at the future of the Patriots -- 1-31-16

While continuing the postmortems on the Patriots after their loss last week, the boys attempt to move on and discuss what the team will look like next year, potential free agent signings and their chances to get back to another Super Bowl.

NFL Sunday with Danny Picard and Chris Price -- Lamenting the Patriots loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship -- 1-31-16

We're one week removed from the AFC Championship that saw the Patriots fall to the Broncos in Denver, and Danny and Chris discuss what went wrong from Brady's play to Belichick's decision to not kick a FG with six minutes to go to Gostkowski missing an extra point to the clear number one issue in the play of the offensive line. How can the Pats improve? The guys discuss it all.

Danny Picard reacts to th…

Danny Picard reacts to the Celtics last second win over the Cavaliers

Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game

Danny Leroux of Real GM on Celtics Trade Targets and Crazy NBA Playoffs Reforms – 2/4/16 – WEEI Celtics Podcast

Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

Cavs fire David Blatt, Blake Griffin KO and Sharpshooter Kelly Olynyk - WEEI Celtics Podcast 1/27/16

Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

#RedSox Farm Report Podca…

#RedSox Farm Report Podcast - WEEI's Top Ten Sox Prospects List

Ken Laird & Ryan Hannable debate who should be on WEEI's Top Ten Red Sox prospects' list, with only Yoan Moncada grabbing consensus as the number one talent in the pipeline

Hot Stove Show 02-02-16

Mut and Tomase are holding things down in the studio tonight, Bradford is on assignment in Fort Myers. They talk about Rick Porcello, who is already down in Fort Myers and the strength of the pitching staff.

Bradfo Show: Rick Porcello, one year later

Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, one of the first arrivals to this year's camp at JetBlue Park, joins Rob Bradford in Fort Myers to talk how things have changed since first arriving with the Sox a year ago. Porcello explains how his contract negotiations played out last spring training, what went wrong last season, and an amazement Fenway Park's car parking situation.

#Bruins Postgame Podcast …

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - Filthy goals from Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner carry B's to shootout win

DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - B's blow 3-1 third-period lead & lose to Leafs in OT

Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss a frustrating loss by the Bruins against division cellar-dweller Toronto as the B's blow a 3-1, third-period lead and lose in OT in the first game after the All-Star break

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN's Joe McDonald and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- 1-31-16

DJ, Joe and Pete are in the house for the NHL All-Star weekend edition of Sunday Skate. They discuss a little bit about the skills competition last night, the John Scott situation and the events of the weekend before taking a step back and looking at the state of the Bruins a little over the halfway point of the season. They talk about the B's needs going forward, Chara's decline and how the Bruins are still hanging around while quietly rebuilding in Don Sweeney's first season at the helm.

Mark Leibovich on Tom Bra…

Mark Leibovich on Tom Brady vs. Goodell 2-5-16

Legendary author Mark Leibovich joined us to discuss Brady and Goodell.

Rob Gronkowski gave a lap dance 2-5-16

You cant hate Gronk for the lap dance.

Super Bowl Props 2-5-16

The guys gave their Super Bowl prop picks.

Charlie Sly recanted his …

Charlie Sly recanted his statements the day AFTER being visited by Peyton Manning's private investigators, 2-5-16

The story of Peyton Manning getting HGH shipped to his house took another turn when the Washington Post revealed on Thursday that Peyton Manning and his people hired private investigators to go to the home of Charlie Sly's parents.

Tom Brady Sr. admits his son is handling Deflategate differently than he is, 2-5-16

Tom Brady's father, Tom Sr, spoke with CSNNE's Tom E. Curran regarding some of the comments made by Roger Goodell over the past few weeks.

Christian's Comedy Minute falls flat and the callers let him have it, 2-5-16

Christian is resisting the return the of the Whiner Line and is suggesting some new segments. The inaugural "Christian's Comedy Minute" did not perform as well as he hoped, but we got some good phone calls out of it.

Michael Irvin previews Su…

Michael Irvin previews Super Bowl 50 with Dale and Holley

We check in one last time this season with the great 88, hall of famer Michael Irvin from the NFL Network.

CSNNE's Tom E Curran discusses his Deflategate question for Roger Goodell

We talk with the man causing all the trouble in San Fran, Tom E Curran from Comcast, the man who tried to put Goodell's feet to the fire during his state of the NFL press conference.

Roger Goodell's state of the NFL press conference comes off as 50% scripted

We discuss the Roger Goodell state of the NFL presser, and play the bits of pertinent and non-pertinent audio and break it down.

Danny Picard reacts to th…

Danny Picard reacts to the Celtics last second win over the Cavaliers

Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game

The phrase of the day is "Integrity of the Game"

Roger Goodell made sure to defend the shield and his intense pursuit of Tom Brady and the Patriots regarding deflate gate, and here we are over a year later and he is still speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the matter.

The Patriots are already making staffing changes

Mikey, Mut, Lenny and our textress Cassie are on the air as Ian Rappoport reports the Patriots parted ways with their offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo

The Fantasy Guys Podcast …

The Fantasy Guys Podcast Super Bowl Week

Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson weigh in on the Super Bowl, breaking down the game in a spirited debate on how it will fall. Newton, Manning, Stewart, Olsen, Norman, Kuechly Kubiak and the Denver Defense fuel the conversation. A quick look back to the Patriots vs. Broncos AFC Title game sews the seeds for what we will see on Sunday and in the off-season ahead. The League, Concussions, The Super Bowl and the Fantasy Football Off-season positional groups and scouting are covered in a comprehensive edition of “The Fantasy Guys Podcast.”

#Bruins Postgame Podcast - Filthy goals from Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner carry B's to shootout win

DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division

Back To School -- We're falling in love with Virginia 2-4-16

After another solid week of college hoops, Anthony and Austin are hoping on the Virginia band wagon, and take a deeper look into Texas A&M's win over Iowa State and debate whether UNC's lack of shooting will prevent them from being a title contender.

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Michael McCann - NFL might hurt it's own case against Brady if they released PSI numbers

Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with our favorite legal expert on our least favorite topic, deflategate. Michael McCann of UNH Law and Sports Illustrated helps us understand why the NFL didn't reveal any PSI numbers that it claimed it was gathering.

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