The Red Sox on Monday unveiled first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as the newest member of the team, showcasing the prized trade acquisition as he donned a Red Sox hat for the first time. Though the team was able to net the slugger, they failed to ink him to a contract extension. Gonzalez is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $6.3 million this season. Theo Epstein and the Red Sox aren't ultimately concerned, as they learned through their negotiations what each side wants and how a deal could be struck.
"It's ironic in the end, because through that process and negotiating with [Gonzalez' agents] … we reached a point in the end where what actually got the trade done was the fact that we didn't get a contact done," the general manager said Monday. "There was so much good faith that we were comfortable moving on with the trade with the knowledge that when the time was right, we could sit down and get...
ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who will be honored Monday night at halftime of the Patriots-Jets game, checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday morning. Bruschi said the Patriots defense concerns him, although the big plays of the last few weeks have offered some hope.
"They're still giving up a lot of yards," Bruschi said. "At times, they just don't look very good, to tell you the truth. The one thing that's changed maybe that we've seen the last few weeks is they've made the big play. That's a step they needed to take. Because when you give up yards, and offenses are able to drive the length of the field on you and put up such big numbers, the only way to stop the bleeding is to force the turnover. … That's what they need to remedy that situation."
Added Bruschi: "To put banners up in that Gillette Stadium, this defense is going to have to continue...
Padres first base coach Dave Roberts, speaking on Monday's Dennis & Callahan show, said the Red Sox have acquired a special player in Adrian Gonzalez. "What the Red Sox are going to get is a guy who shows up every single day to play baseball," said Roberts, who previously played alongside Gonzalez in San Diego. "First and foremost, I think that's a huge value. He's all about winning. And that's why I think he was really excited about coming to Boston and having a chance to compete every single year."
Roberts said Gonzalez stacks up well against the last big-name free agent first baseman the Red Sox attempted to acquire — Mark Teixeira of the Yankess. "I think Adrian is every [bit as] good as Teixeira," Roberts said. "And I don't hesitate in saying that. I'll start with the easy part. Defensively, I think that Mark obviously gets a lot of notoriety for his defense, but Adrian is every bit as...
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to dissect the Patriots-Jets showdown. "My sense is that the Patriots will win the game," he said. "It's not going to be an easy game, by any stretch of the imagination."
Esiason said despite the Jets' dominating defense, there should be plenty of offense. "I think we're going to see a lot of points tonight," he said, adding: "I think we're going to see both teams in the 20s. I think that the team that has the ball last in the fourth quarter is going to have a chance to win the game. And I really think it's going to be the Patriots."
The loss of safety Jim Leonhard — "I can't even begin to tell you how big a loss Jim Leonhard is. He is literally their quarterback on defense," Esiason said — gives Jets a huge concern. "You have a...
Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was deactivated by the Redskins before Sunday's loss to the Giants. No stranger to controversy, Haynesworth admitted he was late to practice on Friday and did not practice because he said he was sick, but he still wasn't happy with being held out Sunday. “I was sick, so I did show up a minute late, but I don’t think that’s a reason to sit out,” he said. Asked if he was shocked he was deactivated, he said: “Yeah, I am [shocked]. I thought it was a do-or-die situation and we needed to do whatever it takes to win.” Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
We check in with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin joins us for his weekly conversation about the NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how Patriots-Lions might play out.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Lions game and discuss what the Pats offense needs to do against Detroit's front seven, as well as what the Pats defense can do against Calvin Johnson.
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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
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Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
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