ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Thursday and shed light on Saturday's MLB trade deadline. He noted that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has a couple of areas to address.
"I think he's definitely looking at relief pitching. I don't think there's any doubt about that," Ricciardi said. "I think they've been in on a lot of good guys. I think that the price tag is really high right now, so I think they're trying to address their relief pitching. I think they're trying to add one more bat, which may be in the outfield because their outfield is still banged up. I think they're getting everyday players back like [Victor] Martinez, and ultimately their lineup will start to get together a little bit more, but I think they're going to need one more bat, which I think they'll try to get.
"They might have as much luck on the waiver wire when guys start going through waivers --...
Patriots outside linebacker Derrick Burgess is considering retirement, according to a report from ESPN. Burgess, who had five sacks last year in his first season with New England, was not present for the first training camp workout on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the offseason with the Patriots. For more on this story, check out our Patriots team page, weei.com/Patriots.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino finished his testimony in the Karen Cunagin Sypher extortion trial Thursday, and the former Celtics coach had multiple heated exchanges with the defense lawyer during two hours of questioning. Pitino said he didn't immediately report threatening phone calls from Sypher following their alleged affair because he didn't want his family to find out.
Pitino admitted Wednesday that he had sex with Sypher in a restaurant booth. Sypher claims she was raped.
FOXBORO -- Having successfully endured his own contract negotiation with the Patriots, Vince Wilfork showed some support for holdout Logan Mankins who, along with Derrick Burgess, did not report on the first day of training camp for veterans on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.
"I've been there," Wilfork said. "It's tough for him. I miss him out here and I'll back him 110 percent. I think he's the best offensive guard out there. But business is business and you have to respect both sides. Business is business and you have to let business take care of itself."
Wilfork agreed to a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million in guaranteed money on March 5, the first day of free agency.
With wide receiver Wes Welker starting camp on the PUP list and not eligible to work out with the team, Mankins was the only veteran on offense not accounted for as head coach Bill Belichick...
Former Celtics guard Eddie House has reached an agreement to join the revamped Heat lineup, House's agent Mark Bartelstein told Yahoo! Sports. House was traded from the C's to the Knicks for Nate Robinson last season. Bartelstein said this week that he had talked to the Celtics about the possibility of the 10-year veteran returning to Boston, but the sharpshooter will take his talents to Miami instead, agreeing to a two-year deal worth a reported $2.8 million.
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Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
The always entertaining and informative Steve Bulpett joins Butchie to talk some Celtics b-ball. He gives his opinion on what the C's did on draft night -- he's high on both picks and think they can contribute, specifically on offense. He also gets into the Love deal and the fact that it is not over yet. He talks free agency with Lebron and Carmello and if the Celts will kick the tires on any of the big names and talks about Rondo's future as well.
Dave O'Brien talks with John Farrell about the change in the catching situation, and how Christian Vazquez cares about the pitchers and the game and how that can go a long way to forming a successful battery, some of the umpiring questions from Friday's game and more.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez after he goes 3-4 getting his first big league hit and RBI.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Steve Lyons calls out John Tomase on his AJ Pierzynski column without reading it. Kirk, Meter and Buck discuss why some media members find it necessary to protect players.
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The Red Sox walked off for the second straight game against the White Sox. Kirk, Meter and Buck look at the win and potential roster moves in the future.
Tim and Christian react to the breaking news that Lebron James is resigning with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Millar discusses the Red Sox releasing A.J. Pierzynski, his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the Red Sox continued struggles.
Skip Bayless of ESPN's First Take joins Tim and Christian to discuss Lebron's return to Cleveland
We discuss the biggest news in the United States today (say what you want about that later), LeBron James is going home.
We tackle four topics all sparked by Lebron James homecoming in Cleveland.
Holley, Jerry Thornton and Andy Hart discuss Josh Gordon (and also Andre Johnson) and how they might be tied to the Patriots in the future.
Bill "Spaceman" Lee joins The Planet Mikey Show to give his thoughts on the Red Sox and their struggles. Also Bill discusses his relationship with the late Don Zimmer.
Jake Steinfield, creator of Body By Jake, joins the Planet Mikey Show to discuss America's up-and-coming sport, Lacrosse. Also Red Sox talk.
Today on Planet Mikey, the REV girls were in studio along with Sarah B and Lenny
Red Sox prospects Henry Owens and Sean Coyle are set to take part in the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, the signature showcase of the prospect season. Red Sox Mid-Atlantic area scout Chris Calciano discusses the process that led him and the Sox to Sean Coyle in the third round of the 2010 draft, while Tom Battista discusses his history following Owens -- a supplemental first-rounder in the 2011 draft -- as Southern California area scout.
Kirk interviews Steve James director of Hoop Dreams and a new documentary about Roger Ebert.
Danny O previews the big fight Saturday night between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara.
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Tim and Christian discuss the Jon Lester contract situation and the Red Sox decision just to "throw a number out" to start negotiations.More from this show
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.More from this show