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01/10/2011 - 12:00pm
Source: Okajima to make $1.75 million

The Red Sox’ deal for left-hander Hideki Okajima is official, according to a major league source. Under terms of the contract, Okajima will receive a base salary of $1.75 million, with incentives that could push the value of the deal to $2.3 million. The deal was first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via twitter). Crasnick also said that the deal "includes a clause that allows him to become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season."

 

Okajima had a career-worst 4.50 ERA in 56 appearances for the Sox last year, struggling with injuries at various points of the 2010 season before a strong September. That led the Sox not to make him a free agent rather than tender him a contract that would have made him arbitration eligible. In doing so, the Sox were able to negotiate his contract down from the $2.75 million he received last season.

 

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01/10/2011 - 11:37am
Sox prospect was nearly Auburn football star

As a highly regarded baseball and football prospect with extraordinary power in both sports and a scholarship commitment at Auburn, Brandon Jacobs frequently heard his name compared to that of Bo Jackson, another two-sport star who went to Auburn.

But Jacobs elected not to follow Jackson’s path, and instead – despite slipping to the 10th round in the 2009 draft over teams’ concerns that he wouldn’t bypass the chance to play football and baseball at Auburn – he decided to turn pro. The Sox signed him for $750,000, and while Jacobs has thought about the fact that he could have been playing in the BCS championship game with Auburn on Monday night, he said on the most recent episode of Minor Details that he has no regrets.

 

“It’s one of those things that wanders through my mind time and time again, but I’m very happy with the decision I made. I think it was the right decision,”...

01/10/2011 - 9:48am
Brady on D&C: 'We have the best coach'

Tom Brady checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning for his weekly chat as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday.

 

With the Patriots preparing to face the Jets on Sunday, Brady said he won't let Rex Ryan's backhanded insult of him last week affect him. Ryan said Peyton Manning is the most-prepared quarterback in the NFL, and Brady gets more help from Bill Belichick than he would let on.

 

"I think everybody's obviously entitled to their opinion," Brady said. "And maybe he's right. He's a good coach. I'll just keep getting ready like we've done all year, and hopefully we'll go out and play well on Sunday night."

 

Added Brady: "I don't think anything that people really say has bothered me good, bad or indifferent over the years. Everybody has their opinion of people and things and places. All I know is that I feel really confident with our team and the way our...

01/10/2011 - 9:07am
Esiason on D&C: 'Pride factor' for Jets

Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the NFL playoffs and the Patriots-Jets matchup.

 

The Jets knocked off the Colts in Indianapolis on Saturday night, 17-16, but it was far from a dominant effort. New York's offensive struggles have to be a concern.

 

Said Esiason: "Sooner or later, Mark Sanchez is going to have to make plays. He certainly did that on the last drive of the game for the Jets against Indianapolis. Can he go toe-to-toe with Tom Brady? Tom Brady's not going to be settling for field goals, I'm going to tell you that right now.

 

"Like I said earlier, Peyton Manning and his team were so beat up. The fact that the Jets, it took them all the way until the last play of the game — they lost the lead there at the end — kind of tells you that the Jets I don't necessarily know are ready to go toe-...

01/10/2011 - 7:50am
Mashup: Dallas Green's grandchild killed

The 9-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies, Yankees and Mets manager Dallas Green was one of the six people killed in the supermarket shooting in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday that targeted congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Christina Taylor Green, whose father, John, is a scout for the Dodgers, had gone to the store with a neighbor when she was caught in the violence.

 

Meanwhile, at the nearby University of Arizona, the Wildcats basketball team lifted the community's spirits by beating Stanford on Sunday in a game that was postponed one day due to the shooting. And there will be a moment of silence before Monday night's BCS championship game in Scottsdale.

 

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos — including a clip of three NBA stars making an appearance on a Disney TV show — trivia and more, at...

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