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12/09/2010 - 9:43am
Sox lose two in Rule 5 draft

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox lost a pair of pitching prospects in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, as the Rays selected left-hander Cesar Cabral and the Yankees chose righty Daniel Turpen.

 

Cabral, 21, was dominant for Single-A Greenville in 2010, posting an ERA of 0.29 in 31 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. He struggled, however, after being promoted to Salem, where his ERA jumped to 5.81.

 

Turpen, 24, arrived to the Red Sox organization in the Ramon Ramirez trade and had his problems in Double-A Portland, with an ERA of 4.91 in 18 1/3 innings pitched. The Red Sox passed on making a selection in the Rule 5 draft.

 

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12/09/2010 - 8:27am
Report: Yankees up offer to Lee

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees have now added a seventh year to their contract offer for free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee. It is believed that the club's previous offer was for six years and $140 million. 

 

Considered by most to be the top pitcher on the free-agent market, Lee posted a 12-9 record with an ERA of 3.18 and led the major leagues in both WHIP (1.00) and K/BB ratio (10.3) for the Mariners and Rangers in 2010.

 

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12/09/2010 - 7:54am
Mashup: Times drops ball on Pats' 'demise'

It's not uncommon for a sports writer to pen a column before a game so that it's ready to be published right when the contest ends. It is uncommon, however, for a newspaper to put the story on its website before the game is played. It happened Monday when William C. Rhoden's column noting the demise of the Patriots and the rise of the Jets was made available to the readers of The New York Times website before the Pats rolled to a 45-3 victory.

 

Rhoden blamed Spygate for the Patriots' demise in a story that was headlined: "The day the Patriots' empire began to crumble." The Times altered the column later in the evening to reflect what happened in the game, but the second half of the column remained an analysis of how Spygate brought down the Pats. The new headline: "Patriots romp stirs questions, and not just for Jets."

 

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12/09/2010 - 12:57am
Report: Red Sox offered Lee seven years
By: DJ Bean

According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox offered free agent pitcher Cliff Lee a seven-year deal this week. Rosenthal cites a source from another team as saying that Boston gave the pitcher a low-ball offer regarding dollars so Lee's camp could use the seventh year to get the Yankees to up their offer. The Yankees have reportedly offered Lee a six-year deal worth between $138 million and $150 million, with Lee wanting a seventh year. 

 

For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox


12/09/2010 - 12:35am
Source: Yanks never made offer to Crawford

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — According to a source familiar with the discussions, the Yankees never made an offer to free agent outfielder Carl Crawford before he reached his stunning seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox. The Angels were viewed by the industry as the front-runner for Crawford’s services, but one source suggested that the Halos had only gone to $108 million, though it was not clear what the term of that offer was. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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