DALLAS -- According to an industry source, Red Sox reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the team's offer of salary arbitration. As such, assuming the right-hander signs a major league contract elsewhere, the team will be entitled to a compensatory draft pick.
Wheeler made $3 million in 2011 with a team option for the same salary in 2012. The Sox declined that option at the end of the season. Wheeler would have been entitled to at least $2.4 million had he accepted arbitration, but will instead test the open market, though it remains possible that he could talk again with the Sox.
Wheeler, 33, was 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 47 appearances (49 1/3 innings). He struck out 7.1 batters per nine innings and walked 1.5 per nine innings. He struggled in April before landing on the DL in early-May, and he missed much of September with a forearm strain. In between, however, he had a strong mid-season run in which he had a 1.53 ERA over 35 appearances.
NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance. Brickley discussed Bruins forward Tyler Seguin being benched in Boston's loss to the Jets on Tuesday night.
Seguin missed a mandatory team breakfast on Tuesday morning, leading to coach Claude Julien to make Seguin a healthy scratch against Winnipeg. It was not the first time that Seguin had missed a team event. The Bruins went on to have their point streak snapped in a 2-1 loss against the Jets.
Brickley said that the players had to show up for breakfast at some point between 8:30 and 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and that this is what the Bruins typically do on the road. Seguin never made it to the breakfast in that time frame.
"It's never an easy decision, but this was a decision that had to be made," Brickley said of Seguin's benching. "It may have happened in the past, he was fined and he was told that this was...
Former Patriots running back Heath Evans related a story to a Miami radio station that does not paint a flattering picture of University of Alabama coach Nick Saban. Evans was in Dolphins training camp in 2005 when Saban was in his first year as Dolphins coach. Evans said teammate Jeno James collapsed after a practice, "vomiting all kids of stuff that would make a billy goat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head." As Evans and teammates attended to James, Saban walked by, stepped over the convulsing player, and, without a word, continued on and headed upstairs. James was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Recalled Evans: "Saban calls a team meeting about 10:30 that night, comes down and says, ‘You know, the captain of the ship can never show fear or indecision, we’ve always got to have an answer, and so I had to go upstairs, that’s why I walked over Jeno like that, I had to collect my thoughts and decide what’s...
The Bruins saw their point streak snapped at 15 games when they fell to the Jets, 2-1, in Winnipeg Tuesday night.
Jets captain Andrew Ladd beat Tuukka Rask at 18:21 to get Winnipeg on the board, and the Jets held a 1-0 lead until Shawn Thornton picked up his second goal of the season 3:16 into the third period. The Jets answered back quickly with a Bryan Little goal 1:34 later, and it proved to be the game-winning goal.
Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch for the B's. The move was disciplinary, as the second-year forward missed a team meeting and breakfast Tuesday morning.
The Bruins will travel back to Boston Wednesday and will return to the ice Thursday against the Panthers, who lead the Southeast Division.
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Yahoo!, Sports Illustrated and CBSsports.com all reported the Celtics continued interest in acquiring New Orleans guard Chris Paul on Tuesday. The three teams that have appeared to emerge as frontrunners for Paul are the Clippers, Warriors and Celtics.
According to the reports, the Celtics have softened their stance of asking Paul to sign an extension as a contingency on a potential trade. Under that scenario, Paul could play out the final year of his contract before opting out. If he was with the team for a period of at least six months, he would be eligible to sign a max extension worth close to $100 million over five years. The Celtics would then conceivably have the cap...
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