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10/08/2010 - 10:49am
Padres expect to keep Gonzalez in '11

Padres owner Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he expects that his team will retain first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the 2011 season. The team has a $5.5 million option on the superstar for next year, a salary that will fit within the Padres' projected payroll, which is expected to fall short of $50 million.

 

However, longer term, Moorad suggested that he is not sure whether it is "practical from a financial standpoint" for the club to re-sign Gonzalez to a long-term deal beyond his current contract. Gonzalez, slated to reach free agency after next year, is expected to use the eight-year, $180 million deal signed by Mark Teixeira and the Yankees as a frame of reference for his next deal. That being the case, while the Padres plan to meet with Gonzalez'...

10/08/2010 - 10:47am
Neal on D&H: 'I trust' Belichick

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning. Asked if he understood why Randy Moss was traded to the Vikings, Neal said he had no insight. "Just going in different direction, I guess," he said. "I don't know why. But whatever Bill [Belichick] says, he's got a reason. I trust him."

 

Neal said he's never attempted to go to the coaches or the front office to find out why certain decisions are made. Said Neal: "I'm kind of like a POW — you don't want to know too much information. That way, you're not lying to people when they ask you. So, I don't know, not that I even care to know. What the situation is, it's none of my business. My business is to go out there and perform, and that's what I intend to do."

 

Neal said he never saw Moss as a disruptive influence. "I don't believe so," he said. "Every player has a different...

10/08/2010 - 9:14am
Schefter on D&C: No Jackson, maybe Branch

ESPN's Adam Schefter joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' options following the trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings. Asked if the Patriots are pursuing suspended Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, Schefter said: "Vincent Jackson is not headed to New England. You look at it and you say it makes sense, but it's just not going to happen."

 

Schefter said the Jackson rumors don't take into account the Patriots' philosophy. "You're going to have to spend roughly $50 million — $9 [million], $10 million a year on a wide receiver that's one strike away from a yearlong suspension," he said. "On top of that, San Diego is adamant that it get back a second- and third-round pick, and New England has done a tremendous job stockpiling picks, I don't think is in the business of looking to unload those picks for a premium-price player when we may have all these picks in a...

10/08/2010 - 8:35am
Bergeron would have signed 'no matter what'
By: DJ Bean

PRAGUE -- Patrice Bergeron boasted both a new contract (three years, $15 million) and optimism for the direction of the franchise as both he and general manager Peter Chiarelli adressed reporters in a press conference following Friday's skate. Now 25, Bergeron will play out the last year of his current contract at a $4.75 million cap hit before coming in at $5 million in each of the next three seasons. Bergeron's camp and Chiarelli negotiated the deal throughout the offseason, but the center made clear that he knew the outcome of the negotiations long before the agreement was reached.

 

"I knew it was going to get done, because at the end of the day I was the one who was going to say yes no matter what. I just wanted to stay in Boston and I think Peter and the Bruins knew it all along."

 

Sitting alongside Bergeron, Chiarelli sang the center's praises, summing hip his value to the team as being more than...

10/08/2010 - 7:53am
Mashup: More umps' blown calls

It's the baseball postseason, which means umpires' blown calls are magnified and calls for instant replay get louder and louder. In Thursday night's Twins-Yankees game, home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt struggled with the strike zone and ejected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for bringing it to his attention. In Game 2 of the Rangers-Rays game, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was tossed for complaining about an apparent missed check swing call that proved to be a turning point. Now, reports are emerging that the players union has requested an offseason meeting to discuss the umpiring problem. Read more about that story, plus get the update on Brett Favre's X-rated controversy as he prepares for his return to New York, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


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