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Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

 
COLUMNS
Rob Bradford
03/13/2014 - 12:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The uncomfortable reality of what awaits David Ortiz has cropped up in these early days of spring training. And don't think for a moment the Red Sox designated hitter hasn't taken notice.
Rob Bradford
03/10/2014 - 12:36am
BRADENTON, Fla. -- It's been more than four months now, so why stop here? Question (paraphrased): "Are you surprised Stephen Drew is still out there?"
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 7:49pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "I’m sure you guys will know before I do on anything that happens. But nothing has gone on recently."
Rob Bradford
03/05/2014 - 8:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For some, the bandage might represent a whole new level of anxiety for an already anxious time. Injuries during contract years -- even in the early days of spring training -- can paint an uncomfortable picture. The player knows he needs a good year to get that next deal, and any bump in the road makes for some out-of-the-game uneasiness.
Rob Bradford
03/04/2014 - 6:56am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Looking for another Red Sox captain? Don't hold your breath. "I'm not even the captain of my own house," quipped Dustin Pedroia.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2014 - 8:15am
The questions revolved around his health, his preparation and even his weight. But not once during his mini-media session outside JetBlue Park Monday did Clay Buchholz talk about his contract. (That would come a bit later.)
Rob Bradford
02/09/2014 - 11:57pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- And so it begins for Grady Sizemore.
Rob Bradford
01/23/2014 - 8:45am
The man who got Larry Bird to Barcelona has gone a long way to bringing a former All-Star outfielder to Boston.
Rob Bradford
01/02/2014 - 1:55am
It's been almost nine months since that tragic day. The sting of the bombings at the Boston Marathon still lingers. It's a feeling that won't go away, and surely will be brought even closer to the surface when the 2014 race is run. What also hasn't gone anywhere is the unity and resolve that has been highlighted at every turn since that April 15 afternoon. The fundraising events. A World Series championship run. Healing. Hoping. Praying. And, all along the way, one slogan: "Boston Strong."
Rob Bradford
12/17/2013 - 8:39am
It's not even Christmas. We get it. There are still 60 days before pitchers and catchers report, and then a whole season in between when David Ortiz's and Jon Lester's contracts expire. There is still team-building to be done for the 2014 team, and extension talks will certainly be on the docket before Opening Day. But it's not too early to offer a reminder.
Rob Bradford
12/10/2013 - 9:10am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- They all seemed happy. Ashley Saltalamacchia, Jarrod's wife, appeared pleased. As did the couple's three daughters. And the catcher's agent, Jim Munsey, smiled the smile of a man who had pleasantly concluded a month of negotiations.
Rob Bradford
12/04/2013 - 8:24am
CC Sabathia. Ivan Nova. David Phelps. Michael Pineda. Adam Warren. Jacoby Ellsbury, here is your new starting rotation.
Rob Bradford
11/18/2013 - 10:23am
So far, he has been their most valuable player. Daniel Nava won't win any sort of hardware for earning the title of offseason MVP. Earning honors for your exploits between April and October usually lead to more formal recognition. But don't think for a minute that some very important people haven't taken notice of Nava's contributions thus far this month.
Rob Bradford
11/13/2013 - 8:03am
ORLANDO -- The question was asked of one baseball executive amidst the hubbub in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes at the general managers' meetings Tuesday night. "What would David Ortiz get for a contract if he were a free agent right now?"
Rob Bradford
11/11/2013 - 2:59am
ORLANDO -- Yes, we get it: The general managers' meetings will be setting the stage for this baseball offseason. But, in reality, it could be much, much more than just a warm-up act.
Rob Bradford
11/02/2013 - 1:32am
Jon Lester knew the reality when talking to WEEI.com back in spring training.
Rob Bradford
10/30/2013 - 2:41am
The Red Sox are one win away from winning a World Series championship.
Rob Bradford
10/29/2013 - 9:26am
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Napoli was asked some peculiar questions Monday night.
Rob Bradford
10/28/2013 - 6:37am
ST. LOUIS -- This wasn't Pedro Martinez, circa 1999 playoffs in Cleveland. Not really even close. In terms of abbreviated excellence, that six inning stint of no-hit relief is the standard-bearer. But it was admirable, just the same.
Rob Bradford
10/28/2013 - 5:41am
ST. LOUIS -- You know what these 2013 Red Sox hadn't had? A team meeting.
Rob Bradford
10/25/2013 - 11:58am
  Jake Peavy has pitched in some notable spots. You throw 31,827 major league pitches, finding yourself in at least a few big-stage moments is almost inevitable. But Peavy has never been faced with what awaits him in St. Louis on Saturday.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2013 - 5:56am
Jon Lester didn't want to hear it on that bench in Fort Myers in February.
Rob Bradford
10/22/2013 - 1:26am
Jose Oquendo couldn't have known. Same thing goes for J.D. Drew.
Rob Bradford
10/18/2013 - 7:08am
"You know how it is in the playoffs. The manager is always going to throw the best horses out there." -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz


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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-3…

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

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.

Sox Manager John Farrell …

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

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

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Hillary Clinton wants to change the Redskins mascot 7-30-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on th…

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

John Farrell with Dale an…

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Making sense of all the trade talk with WEEI.com's Alex Speier

We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.

Waving goodbye to the ol' Lefty? Jon Lester appears headed out of Boston

We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.

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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Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

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Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

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Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker

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The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.

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