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12/03/2012 - 2:01pm
Kurkjian on M&M: Napoli 'a real pro'

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian joined Mut & Merloni on Monday, shortly after reports emerged that the Red Sox have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with free agent Mike Napoli.

"It's roughly what I thought he was going to get," Kurkjian said. "It's probably a little bit more than I thought he was going to get, but you're dealing with a Red Sox team here that is clearly in trouble, clearly needed to have a bat at first base. We all know his swing is perfect for Fenway Park, we've all seen his numbers at Fenway Park. Of course, not a whole lot matters from that until he actually gets to Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox and we can see what he can do.

"I think it was the right thing to do for them because they had to have a bat. He's a real pro. A couple of years ago he was as good a hitter as there was in the American League the second half of the season. He had a real drop-off last year. But I think he'll be a better...

12/03/2012 - 10:34am
Sox, Napoli agree for three years, $39M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox have reached a three-year, $39 million agreement with free agent Mike Napoli.

Though he struggled to a .227 average with a .343 OBP, .469 slugging mark and .812 OPS with the Rangers in 2012, Napoli represented one of the top free agent options for the Sox, both because of his history of consistent offensive production (.259/.356/.507/.863 career line) -- demonstrating both middle-of-the-order power and considerable plate discipline -- and because the Rangers did not make him a qualifying offer, thus meaning that the Sox will not lose a draft pick for signing him. The 31-year-old has also been an absolute force at Fenway Park, hitting .306/.397/.710/1.107 with seven homers in 19 regular season games.

Napoli figures to be the Red Sox' primary first base option.

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12/03/2012 - 8:07am
Mashup: Jets fans cheer Sanchez' benching

The Jets put up another offensive stinker Sunday, but they managed to pull out a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals that kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was brutally heckled by Jets fans for his brutal play -- even after backup Greg McElroy entered the game late in the third quarter to loud cheers and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass.

"Well, you can definitely tell that the stadium was happy about it," defensive back Yeremiah Bell said.

"It's just something that I sensed, that I felt," coach Rex Ryan said. "When you're around this game long enough, you get that feeling that: You know what? I've seen enough, and it's time to make that change."

After the win, Jets players were hesitant to say too much about the QB controversy.

"It definitely energized us a little bit having the crowd behind us, but other than that, it was a coach’s decision,” receiver Stephen Hill...

12/03/2012 - 7:28am
Brady on D&C: 'Certainly not an ugly win'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, recapping Sunday's 23-16 victory over the Dolphins that clinched the AFC East title for New England.

"They gave us everything we could handle yesterday," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for the Dolphins, they have some very good players on their team. I thought we did a good job there down at the end closing it out when we needed to. That was most important. That's why it was satisfying. Certainly not an ugly win. I don't buy that one bit. I thought that was a great win for our team."

The Patriots had a season-low 321 yards of offense. Brady completed 24-of-40 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown, with one interception.

"I don't think it was our best day of production on offense," Brady said. "I thought Miami's defense played really well. But our defense got us the ball in some short fields,...

12/02/2012 - 9:30pm
Sources: Sox among '4-5' Hamilton suitors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- According to major league sources, the Red Sox are among 'four or five' teams interested in free agent Josh Hamilton, but only on a short-term contract. One source suggests teams are waiting to see if there is anybody willing to go as many as four years on the outfielder.

Is has been rumored that the 31-year-old Hamilton is seeking as much as a seven-year deal.

Earlier Monday, an industry source told WEEI.com that free agent first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, who also has drawn interest from the Red Sox, might wait to make a decision until after Hamilton signs.

The Red Sox are also still negotiating with Cody Ross, who seeks a three-year deal while the Red Sox have stood firm at two. Shane Victorino also remains on the Sox' radar. A source told WEEI.com Monday that the team is comfortable going to as many as three years on the 32-year-old.

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