According to a major league source familiar with the situation, as of Friday afternoon the Red Sox were still "undecided" regarding whether they will be submitting a bid for the rights to negotiate with Japanese middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was posted by the Chiba Lotte Marines. Teams have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit bids in regards to Nishioka, a 26-year-old switch-hitter who won the Japanese Pacific League batting title with a .346 average in 2010.
While Nishioka has played shortstop throughout his professional career, some believe he would be better suited for second base in the major leagues. The Red Sox did draw interest at the recent GM meetings in Orlando for shorstop Marco Scutaro, who is scheduled to earn $5 million next season, while holding a $6 million team option, or $3 million player option for 2012.
Part of any hesitation regarding attempting to secure the services of Nishioka might...
FOXBORO -- There was no letter delivered to James Sanders on Friday from NFL offices, indicating that the league did not fine him for the hit on Pittsburgh's Hines Ward last Sunday night.
Ward went over the middle late in the first quarter and was hit low by Patrick Chung. Sanders came in for support on the tackle and collided with Ward, colliding with the wide receiver's helmet. Ward went to the sideline with a concussion and did not return, snapping his streak of consecutive games with a catch at 186.
However, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was fined $5,000 for a chop block and Lamarr Woodley was fined $12,500 for his late hit on Tom Brady in the second half - which was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter.
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FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor sounded optimistic and anxious to return to game action this week for the Patriots as they host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Taylor has missed the last six games with turf toe.
"Of course I do, of course I do," Taylor replied when asked if he feels ready to return, if activated Sunday. "I haven't played in a while, got that itch and would definitely love to be back out there. I'm going to keep improving."
The duo of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead have carried most of the load in the running game in Taylor's absence.
"It's his decision and he knows what's best for the team going forward," Taylor said. "Whatever that is I have to live with it and just be ready for it. I had a very solid week of practice, a lot better than last week, continuing to improve and we'll see how it goes."
Keith Law of ESPN.com joined the Minor Details Podcast to discuss the Red Sox' prospect inventory and the team's potential chips to make deals this offseason. While Law suggested that the team's prospect depth will allow it to talk with most clubs about nearly any player available, he felt that the Sox should not trade a player like top prospect Casey Kelly in exchange for a player whom they would only have under control for one year such as Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is eligible for free agency after 2011.
"In the Red Sox' division, I wonder if they're ever really high enough of a probability of making the playoffs that it's worth giving up prospect depth," said Law. "You could probably look at Kelly and say he could be in the big leagues in 2012. Maybe not with the Red Sox, but he's not that far away. ... Casey Kelly is not untouchable for me, but he's pretty darn close to it. I don't think I'd trade...
FOXBORO -- Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger both missed Friday's practice due to the flu, according to a tweet from the Patriots.
Also missing were cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hip), and defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back). Safety Jarrad Page (calf) returned for the first time since injuring himself during the San Diego game on Oct. 24.
The playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in and helps us set the stage for Broncos and Patriots this Sunday in Foxboro.
Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider, joins the guys to talk Pats-Broncos, Brady-Manning and the rest of the NFL.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
Three For All, Ebola Scare
Dale, Steve DeOssie and Tom E Curran of CSNNE put the final touches on a week of discussion about the upcoming showdown in Foxboro vs. the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
We send out well wishes to our friend and colleague Bob 'Neumy' Neumier
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.More from this show
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