According to major league sources, the Red Sox never made a foral offer to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before the free agent signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The team did remain in talks with the 26-year-old's representatives throughout his free agency, and Cespedes was brought into the team's academy in the Dominican Republic for a workout in front of team officials in November, but the Sox were only interested in a deal that would have been at a lower average annual value than what materialized; as such, there was never an apparent fit between the Sox and the highly regarded talent from Cuba.
Cespedes is tied for the all-time single-season home run record in Cuba and has what is described as enormous raw power. Still, given the challenge of adapting to a more advanced professional league, the Sox felt that he would require some time in the...
Two days after sending Steven Kampfer to Providence, the Bruins recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk with plans to bring him as an extra defenseman on their upcoming six-game road trip.
Kampfer has been up with the Bruins for the majority of the season but had played in only 10 NHL contests prior to his demotion. Experience is the biggest thing the B's see as missing from the 23-year-old's game, so they hope an extended stay in the AHL serves him well.
"We sent Kampfer down so he could play," coach Claude Julien said after Monday's practice at TD Garden. "It's been a long year for him, and we've been fortunate enough to not have any real injuries back there. When you sit around that long, you lose a lot of your game, so we've got to get him back playing, just like we did with Jordan Caron. ... Having done that, we're heading on a big road trip and we needed a defenseman back up. I think Bodnarchuk's done a pretty good job with us...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking to WEEI.com while leaving the Vinoy Hotel and Resort Monday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that he feels there won't be any significant transactions prior to pitchers and catchers reporting Sunday.
"I wouldn't expect any major moves between now and Sunday," Cherington said. "We're still working on some stuff. Certainly the spring training roster is mostly what it's going to be."
While Cherington wouldn't talk about any specific players, a major league source said that there still is no traction in regard to talks between the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt.
The settlement with David Ortiz on a one-year, $14.575 million deal Tuesday -- avoiding a 2 p.m. arbitration case at the hotel -- does not alter the Red Sox' payroll plans, with organizational budgets usually being formed with the midpoint of any arbitration hearing serving as the number to be planned for...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox and David Ortiz averted a potential salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal for 2012 worth $14.575 million. The agreement represents the midpoint between the salary being offered by the Sox ($12.65 million) and the number being sought by Ortiz ($16.5 milion). News of the agreement was first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN (via twitter).
The agreement comes just a few hours before the two parties were scheduled to present arguments in an arbitration hearing at 2 p.m. With the agreement, the Sox have now gone 10 straight years without an arbitration hearing.
Ortiz made $12.5 million last year after the Sox exercised a team option for the 2011 season, a year in which he hit .309 with a .398 OBP, a .554 slugging mark, a .953 OPS, 29 homers and 96 RBI. He was named to the...
Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss announced via a video on Ustream that he plans to return to football after skipping the 2011 season.
"I just want to go to a team and play some football," Moss said on Monday, his 35th birthday, adding: "I said I had a surprise for y'all."
Moss said he retired due to off-field issues, but his family has told him, "It's fine, do whatever you want to do."
Added Moss: "Faith, family and football, that's my M.O., bro. Your boy be back for the upcoming season."
Moss also insisted that money won't be a key issue in where he signs, noting that he gave up $9 million or more to go to the Patriots.
"I just want to get on the best team," he said. "I'm not sitting here really worried about no deal. I think last year, before I retired, yeah, of course you want your money. But at the same time, you just want to play football. Money has never been the...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show