In the end, the Red Sox did not net their desired draft pick for Felipe Lopez. The versatile infielder signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, and so the Sox will not collect a draft pick for the Type B free agent, who declined Boston's offer of salary arbitration.
Even so, the Sox are well positioned for the 2011 draft. Thanks to the free-agent departures of Victor Martinez (to the Tigers) and Adrian Beltre (to the Rangers), the Sox will have four of the top 40 picks in this coming year's amateur draft. The team will have the Nos. 19, 26, 36 and 40 picks.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year Wednesday night. It is the third time Belichick has been honored as a head coach — he also won the award in 2003 and 2007.
“It’s a tribute to our ownership, our assistant coaches and certainly the players,” Belichick said in an interview with the NFL Network after he won the award. “They’re the ones who’ve stepped up and made the plays this year. We had a lot of new people on the team, young players that contributed, and it’s certainly an honor to receive this award on behalf of our performance in the regular season. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to carry that over into the playoffs.”
Belichick guided the Patriots to an NFL-best 14-2 record in 2010. He became the first head coach ever to win at least 14 regular-season games in four separate seasons (2003: 14-2, 2004: 14-2, 2007: 16-0 and...
Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani received no surprises on signing day Wednesday, as all 23 players who verbally committed to the Eagles signed letters of intent.
"Signing day is always a day of optimism and excitement," Spaziani said on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. "We're no different than anybody else. Were excited about the 23 players we signed."
Spaziani completed his second season as head coach, and he explained that it's been a challenge to get things back in order following the surprising departure of Jeff Jagodzinski in 2009 after just two seasons.
"When I took over the job, we had spacing issues that we had to address, and we've been doing that in the last two years," he said. "We've addressed some of our needs, so we're excited about it. We feel we're back on track."
Spaziani explained what the...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in the final offseason installment of the Laser Show, said that he is eager to head to Fort Myers for spring training next week in order to "get focused on opening a can of whoop-ass."
"It's been a while. I've never been this excited," Pedroia said of the prospect of getting to Fort Myers. "Everyone's obviously excited with the team we're going to have. ... Just going out there and going to work, I can't wait."
He added that he has felt as if the Sox were positioned to compete for a World Series in each of his spring trainings, but that "this year, it seems like it's a little bit different because there's so much talk about who we got in the offseason." With the additions of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and new relievers such as Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, Pedroia announced his excitement for the prospects of the 2011 club.
NESN hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. Milbury gave his thoughts on the Marc Savard situation, as recent reports have suggested that the center might be shut down for the season as he continues to experience symptoms from a moderate concussion he suffered after a clean hit to the head from Colorado's Matt Hunwick on January 22.
"All the signals [regarding the health of Savard] have been mixed at best," said Milbury. "He's got to look at this for the long term. We all know that it would be great to have him back and healthy, but if he's not 100 percent sure that he can get it right and get it safely right they have to consider the alternatives. And really it [missing the rest of the season] seems logical."
If Savard is in fact placed on the long-term injury list, does Milbury see a scenario where the Bruins might make a high-impact...
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Darrelle Revis' comments on his contract offer from the Patriots.
The guys opened the show by discussing the rumored profanity laced tirade by Bill Belichick.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the show to talk about the struggling Bruins, the play of Zdeno Chara, and the future of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York joined the show to talk about the ongoing tampering scandals between the Jets and the Patriots.
Christian does not impress the high school girls hockey team.
Dale and Michael discuss the collective egg laid by the Celtics against the Heat, and how the Bruins turnaround better begin tonight if they want it to begin at all.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound and more...
We discuss Shane Victorino's call-out of another local radio show, and debate the merits of Victorino's claims.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon preview this year’s NCAA regionals and take a look at the chances for each of the Boston-area teams in the field. They also discuss BU’s Jack Eichel, Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey and the Hobey Baker Award.
We discuss the annual joke that is the New York Jets, and their latest Jets-like move. Plus how on earth could you possibly choose to be a Jets fan.More from this show
Things are getting silly in the AFC East, as reports came out late last night the Jets have turned around and essentially accused the Patriots of counter-tampering.More from this show