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10/19/2010 - 3:11pm
Red Sox will perform 'due diligence' on Lee

According to a major league source, the Red Sox will perform "due diligence" on Cliff Lee this offseason, assuming that the Rangers ace reaches free agency. That is an approach that the Sox have taken with nearly every major free agent in recent years, including players such as CC Sabathia, whom the club acknowledged it had little chance of signing after the 2008 season.

 

While the Sox will inquire on Lee's asking price, however, it is considered very unlikely that they would be able to acquire him in an open bidding war, particularly after the team signed John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal last offseason and Josh Beckett to a four-year, $68 million extension at the start of this season. One major league source suggested before the playoffs that the Yankees are prepared to offer the left-hander a deal in excess of $100 million.

 

Certainly, Lee's performance this postseason -- in which he is 3-0 with a...

10/19/2010 - 1:53pm
O'Brien acknowledges incident with Moss

Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien acknowledged Tuesday that he and Randy Moss were involved in an incident shortly before Moss was dealt to Minnesota earlier this month.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters, O’Brien — who is listed on the company masthead as the quarterbacks coach, but has served as the de facto offensive coordinator for much of the last two seasons — said something did happen after the Patriots-Dolphins game, a contest where Moss finished with no catches for the only time in his three-plus years.

But he added that clashes of that type between players and coaches aren’t anything out of the ordinary when it comes to life in the NFL.

“That was three weeks ago,” O’Brien said. “I’ve been coaching for upwards of 20 years. That’s what we do. We coach, and the players have input into what we’re coaching. Things like that are going to...

10/19/2010 - 1:24pm
Belichick mum on Meriweather situation

In a Tuesday afternoon conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t speculate about what the future holds for safety Brandon Meriweather, who could face a fine or suspension for his hit on Baltimore’s Todd Heap over the weekend.

“I leave anything from the NFL to the NFL,” Belichick said. “I haven’t heard anything I would want to comment on officially. Media speculation [par for the course]. That’s what people talk about. Whatever the league decides to do, they decide to do. Whatever their comments are, they can make their statements.”

On a weekend with a bunch of nasty hits, Meriweather’s hit on Heap stood out, and sparked a response from NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, who told ESPN Radio Tuesday morning that the hit was “flagrant” and “egregious.”

“That in our view is something that...

10/19/2010 - 1:17pm
Bruschi on D&H: NFL may target Meriweather

ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his appearance on the Dale & Holley Show, said that he believed that in a week of vicious hits, the one by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Ravens tight end Todd Heap was the most likely to merit a suspension.

 

Bruschi noted that Meriweather had tried unsuccessfully to launch himself at Heap once before he connected with a hit that temporarily forced the Ravens tight end from the game with a neck injury. That, Bruschi said, demonstrated Meriweather's intent to injure, and makes him a possible target for suspension.

 

"If there’s anyone this week that has the possibility of [being suspended], it’s probably Brandon," said Bruschi. "He may be the player that they make an example of, that plants the seed for all those other players. I think he may be made an example of, yes."

 

While Vince Wilfork...

10/19/2010 - 1:06pm
Source: Patriots will add Ventrone

The Patriots are set to add Ross Ventrone to the practice squad, according to a league source. Ventrone was with New England in camp before being cut once, returning, then cut again shortly before the start of the season. He is a 5-foot-8, 190-pound defensive back who had 42 tackles and four interceptions over the course of his college career with Villanova. A defensive back and special teamer, he could provide some depth at the safety position if the the Patriots do lose Brandon Meriweather to suspension.

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