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11/23/2010 - 12:42pm
Francona discusses Martinez exit on D&H

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...

11/23/2010 - 12:04pm
Brady: Not half the team we hope to be

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.

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is....

11/23/2010 - 10:58am
Poll: Should the Sox have signed V-Mart?

Should the Red Sox have matched the reported four-year, $50 million offer to Victor Martinez, or are they doing the right thing by letting him go to the Tigers? Cast your vote at the Full Count blog.


11/23/2010 - 10:23am
Report: V-Mart set to sign with Tigers

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.

 

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


11/23/2010 - 8:55am
NFL Power Rankings: Jets or Pats at the top?

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.

 

For the complete power rankings, visit the It Is What It Is blog. For complete Patriots coverage, visit weei.com/patriots.


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