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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.

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07/25/14 01:43 EST
As of Thursday, the idea of Jon Lester remaining with the Red Sox in 2015 seemed more unlikely than ever. In fact, the merits of dealing the Red Sox ace before the end of this season grows by the day. Why? In short: The Red Sox want Lester to blink, but with an emerging Cy Young candidacy thus far this season, and just three months until the rest of Major League Baseball can negotiate on the same playing field as the Sox, such flinching doesn't seem likely. But before getting into that, let's set the scene. We're sitting here less than one week before the non-waiver trade deadline and the Red Sox' playoff hopes are sunk. They have nine players who will be eligible to become free agents at the end of this season -- Jonny Gomes, Burke Badenhop, Andrew Miller, potentially Craig Breslow (if his option isn't exercised), Stephen Drew, Jake Peavy, David Ross, Koji Uehara and ... Lester. While it is somewhat notable that the Red Sox haven't engaged in contract talks with Uehara, that really isn't
07/23/14 02:48 EST
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TORONTO -- Jake Peavy wanted this to work. The Red Sox wanted this to work. And most of those buying tickets to Fenway Park on a regular basis desperately wanted this to work. So what if John Farrell's club has gone 10-20 in his starts since arriving with the club a year ago. Peavy pitching for these Red Sox seemed like it was destined to work. It hasn't, and most likely won't. What Peavy represents is the reason why so many -- including the pitcher himself -- continue to look for that option that keeps him in Boston. He is the guy who shows the kind of emotion you want $16 million-a-year pitchers to show. He is the guy who represented the Red Sox' all-in mentality at last season's non-waiver trade deadline. He is the guy who buys the duck boat and the cigar store indian. Peavy is that guy who represented what the Red Sox were in 2013 and what many want them to be for the remainder of '14. Then there is the reality of these Red Sox. What Peavy truly symbolizes is the Red Sox' impending
07/22/14 10:35 EST
TORONTO -- There are turnarounds, and then there are turnarounds. For David Ortiz, the switch from slumping to slugging seemed simple. After Sunday's game against the Royals, while mired in a series-long rut, he proclaimed to Alex Speier, "I'm about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August." On Monday he hit two home runs in the Red Sox' 14-1 win over the Blue Jays, followed by postgame comments consisting of one sentence: "I'm going to Jamaica." If it was only that easy. Ortiz has weathered the ups and downs before, making abrupt 180-degree alterations on occasion. What his team is doing, however, is more befuddling than almost any sort of about-face you'll find. The Red Sox have won five straight and eight of their last nine. The streak isn't unprecedented, but even for the most ardent optimist it has to be unexpected. "I've never really experienced anything like this," said Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. "I think something just clicked.
07/21/14 09:02 EST
TORONTO -- Winning the Cy Young Award in a contract year. It wouldn't be historic, but it certainly would offer a powerful punctuation. It can be agreed that Jon Lester is handling the final year of his current contract with great aplomb. Forget the adeptness at fielding contract questions in between and after each start, but instead just focus on performance. Free agent year or not, he has been one of the top pitchers in the American League. It has been such a super showing that we can officially start introducing a talking point into the dynamic: the Cy Young. It's easy to discuss such a topic the day after Lester's latest start. The memory of his dominance over the Royals on Sunday is fresh in everybody's mind, with the starter not allowing a run over eight innings to lower his ERA to 2.50. "Their ace had the best stuff," said Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler after his team was swept by the Red Sox. "I haven't seen him throw all year, but he probably had the



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Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers GM, Joins the Trade Deadline Show, 7-24-14

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Trade Deadline Show, 7-24-14

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The Bradfo Show: Talking …

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

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