MILWAUKEE -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox expect Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum to bow out of the running in their managerial search following the reported offer by the Cubs to have the former Sox third base coach fill their own managerial vacancy. The Sox are not prepared to offer Sveum the position at this time, and so they expect him to take the bird-in-hand offer.
News of the offer, first reported by Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter), emerged on Wednesday night, just hours after Sveum became the first Red Sox managerial candidate to have a second-round interview that included a conversation with club owners.
The Sox, meanwhile, were considering broadening their search on Wednesday night even before news of the offer to Sveum broke, with Sox GM Ben Cherington saying that the team expects to talk to at least one more candidate who was...
MILWAUKEE -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox will meet with agent Bob Garber this evening. Garber represents two of the top free agent starters on this year's market, left-hander C.J. Wilson and right-hander Roy Oswalt.
The Sox need to address their starting pitching depth this offseason, beginning with the fact that their final two spots in the rotation remain open. However, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington suggested on Tuesday that the Sox are unlikely to pursue the top-end free agent options this winter given the fact that they've committed more than $50 million to starters (including the injured Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey) for next season.
That, in turn, would likely make them longshots on Wilson (even though the team is almost certain to do due diligence on Wilson, as they do with virtually all free agents). However, if his medicals check out, there could be an interesting fit between the Sox and Oswalt.
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the Red Sox and the departure of closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Pedroia, who is currently hosting Papelbon at his house, said he was "devastated" when he learned the right-hander was leaving the Red Sox.
"He's my family," Pedroia said of Papelbon, whom he called a "special" player. "When you find out that he's going to another team, it crushes you."
Pedroia denied a Comcast Sportsnet report that indicated some players felt he "couldn't be trusted" because of his close relationship with then-manager Terry Francona during the Red Sox' September collapse.
"If people think I was part of the problem because I was close with our manager, that's ridiculous," he said.
Added Pedroia: "If anybody had a problem, come talk to me. That's the way I looked at it, and nobody did that. My...
Bruins forward Brad Marchand checked in with Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon for his weekly discussion, following Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over the Devils, the team's sixth straight win.
Marchand took a bad penalty in the second period Tuesday night, leading to a New Jersey goal and a spot on the bench for Marchand for the final nine minutes of the period.
"I think it had to do with more than just that penalty," Marchand said of the benching. "My game wasn't where it should be last night and coach sent me a message."
When he returned, Marchand scored a goal six seconds into the third period.
"I knew I had to do better," he said. "I had to play better and do my job better. I took a penalty that cost the team the first goal. Luckily ... I was able to get it back. It was nice to be able to go out there and have a better third period."
During Wednesday's practice, goalie Tuukka Rask...
FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty, Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes were the only three players not in attendance for the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday inside the Dana Farber Field House.
All three players are dealing with injuries, with McCourty's being the most recent, a right shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Fletcher is battling a thumb injury while linebacker Brandon Spikes is rehabbing his right knee after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6.
The Patriots practice was just a walk-through in sweats and shirts and no helmets. There is no formal injury report on Wednesday since the team has an extra day to prepare for Monday night's game with the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. The team is expected to return to more a full practice schedule on Thursday.
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Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
After trying to discredit the appearance Pierre McGuire on OMF, the guys take a look at the incredible slate of guests the morning produces.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joined the show today (as he does every Thursday at 1:15) to discuss the embarrassing 9-2 loss to the LA Kings, and then, what they can do from here.
Kirk Minihane took some shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian this morning. Here is their response.
We're talking Celtics after a solid win over the Clippers. Al Horford and Dwight Howard rumors are out there, and that makes for good sports radio discussions.
A Bruins discussion becomes a discussion of their current talent, and whether or not there is even the possibility of being a better team based on the way they are currently constituted.
We discuss a story about how close the NFL might have come to replacing Roger the Dodger amidst one of it's many scandals.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Uncle Buck "Adam Cormac" and Jerry Thornton are joined by the great Bob Lobel to talk about the amazing TV show featuring Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, and Ted Williams.