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12/05/2012 - 12:07pm
Olney: Sox 'listening' on Ellsbury, Lester

ESPN's Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday morning for a Hot Stove update, and he talked about the possibility of the Red Sox trading center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

"It's clear that the list of teams that could be a potential match on an Ellsbury deal is pretty small, because of all the circumstances -- because he's a free agent after next season, because he's represented by Scott Boras and the team that gets him isn't going to have much hope of signing him to a contract extension," Olney said. "I think one thing is pretty clear is that if they trade him, Ellsbury, they're not going to get a huge return on him.

"In fact, a couple of minutes ago I got a text message from a National League official who said the Red Sox are listening on [Jon] Lester, listening on Ellsbury. Their sense is that they're not especially motivated, unless some team overpays. So it might be that they hang on to Ellsbury."

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12/05/2012 - 12:04pm
Source: Red Sox interested in Stephen Drew

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox continue to be one of a group of teams interested in shortstop Stephen Drew.

Drew, 29, finished last season with the A's after an August trade from the Diamondbacks. He hit .250/.326/.382 with five home runs, 16 RBIs and 18 walks in 29 games for the A's, after hitting .193/.290/.311 with two home runs, 12 RBIs and 19 walks in 40 games with Arizona. Oakland declined a mutual $10 million option, making him a free agent, but reportedly still has interest in him.

In seven career seasons, Drew is hitting ..265/.328/.433 with 77 home runs, 349 RBIs and 293 walks in 812 games.

According to a report from San Francisco Chronicle writer Susan Slusser, Drew's agent, Scott Boras, broached the possibility of a five-year contract during discussions with the Tigers, but that...

12/05/2012 - 9:39am
Report: C's 'consider' Dampier, not Martin

In need of frontcourt depth after the failed Darko Milicic experiment, the Celtics "have considered" inviting free agent center Erick Dampier to work out for an available roster spot, according to a Boston Globe report.

In the summer of 2011, the Celtics also expressed interest in Dampier, and it makes sense to kick the tires again, considering they rank 28th in rebounding rate and allow opponents to shoot 65.2 percent at the rim, even if the 6-foot-11 Dampier's 16-year NBA career averages of 7.4 points and 7.1 rebounds have fallen off a cliff in recent years.

However, the Celtics have not contacted agent Andy Miller about power forward Kenyon Martin, according to the report. Martin averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes off the...

12/05/2012 - 8:36am
Sox sign RHP Carter to minor league deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Red Sox announced that they've signed right-hander Anthony Carter to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 26-year-old was 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 22 walks in 62 2/3 innings for the White Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte in 2012. A 26th-round pick in 2005, Carter represents a Triple-A bullpen depth option. He joins outfielder Mitch Maier, utility man Drew Sutton and right-handers Oscar Villareal, Terry Doyle and Jose De La Torre as minor league free agents who have signed with the Sox and received invitations to spring training.

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12/05/2012 - 7:59am
Mashup: Cubs' Sveum shot on hunting trip

Cubs manager Dale Sveum revealed Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings that he was shot in the right ear and back during a recent hunting trip with Hall of Famer Robin Yount. The former Brewers teammates were hunting quail in Arizona when Yount fired a shot and Sveum was hit by the spray pattern from a six-shot.

"The bird got up in front of him, and he lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger," Sveum said. "I was just looking for birds myself. It was behind me, so I got drilled with pellets in the back one stuck in the ear."

Sveum, who said there was a lot of blood involved but he wasn't seriously injured, added that he started calling Yount "Dick Cheney" in reference to the former vice president who shot a friend while hunting.

"You don't get hit very often," Sveum said, adding: "It's not that big a deal."

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