Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in an appearance on the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday afternoon, discussed the departure of free agent catcher Victor Martinez. Martinez rejected the Sox' offers of either a three-year, $36 million deal or a four-year, $42 million pact.
While he suggested that it was a "no-brainer" to want Martinez back on the Sox in 2011, the manager -- who spoke with GM Theo Epstein about Martinez on Monday night -- respected the organization's hesitancy on a long-term deal.
"We’re pretty much on the same page on a lot of things. Being the manager is a little bit different, making the lineup out, is a little bit different than having to be the care-taker for the organization and looking at it four years down the road. I try not to lose sight of that," said Francona. "Wanting to have Victor in the lineup next April is a no-brainer. When you have to make a decision...
FOXBORO -- Despite coming off impressive back-to-back wins against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Tom Brady said Tuesday that the Patriots have yet to come close to the team they hope to be in the final weeks of the 2010 season.
"Football season hasn't even started yet, I keep telling you guys," Brady said to the media horde surrounding his locker. "We're not even half the team that hopefully we'll be in the next five-to-six weeks."
Brady and the Patriots are 8-2 and head to Detroit on Wednesday for their first appearance on Thanksgiving day since 2002, when they beat the Lions 20-12, thanks in large part to an interception return for a touchdown by Tedy Bruschi.
According to a report from Venezuelan reporter Ignacio Serrano, Victor Martinez is close to signing a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers. Detroit reportedly outbid the Red Sox, Orioles and White Sox for the catcher's services. A major league source confirmed to WEEI.com on Tuesday morning that the Red Sox came to the realization Monday night that Martinez likely was headed to Detroit.
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In the latest WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings, a pair of AFC East rivals duke it out for the top spot. The Patriots own the top spot in the rankings following their narrow victory over the Colts on Sunday, while the Jets take the No. 2 spot on the strength of their run of three straight last-minute victories. The Matt Ryan-led Falcons are the top NFC team, owning the No. 3 spot.
Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down all aspects of the Patriots win over the Lions, and take your calls as well.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Lions, the team's seventh win in a row. The defense stepped up again and now gets a crack at Aaron Rodgers next Sunday.
The guys give their final thoughts and predictions leading up to the 1pm matchup with Detroit.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
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.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
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.
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.More from this show
The guys opened the show discussing the Raiders win over the Chiefs.More from this show
Michael and Dale discuss the return of LGB, and how the move really wasn't that surprising to begin with.More from this show