In a startling turn of events, free agent pitcher Cliff Lee has a deal in place to return to the Phillies. The news was first reported by MLB.com, which cited multiple industry sources. According to SI.com, Lee's deal would be worth $120 million over five years, while FoxSports.com is also reporting there is a vesting option for a sixth year that would pay the pitcher $27.5 million, raising the potential worth of the deal to $135 million. There is also reportedly a $12.5 million buyout in the sixth season.
The deal was shocking in that Lee had been viewed by many in the industry as a mercenary who was intent on extracting as much money as possible from his first foray into free agency. But the Phillies did not make the most substantial offer in terms of either dollars or years. The Yankees, according to several reports, had an offer in the vicinity of seven years and $150 million on the table. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported (via...
According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera's representatives were the ones to initiate contact with the Red Sox in an attempt to get the team interested in the closer. While the Red Sox would ultimately make a two-year offer to Rivera, according to sources the team's expectation was that he would be returning to the Yankees. The 41-year-old ultimately re-signed with New York, securing a two-year, $30 million deal.
While there was some thought that because of the offer to Rivera the Red Sox were prepared to non-tender closer Jonathan Papelbon, separate sources suggest the Sox were never inclined to let Papelbon become a free agent this offseason. In the short-term, the team valued the reliever's presence in the back-end of its bullpen, while long-term it coveted any draft picks that might come the Sox' way if Papelbon were to sign elsewhere in free agency next year. The Sox' closer is arbitration-eligible for a third...
Tom Brady continued his incredible late-season run on Sunday at Soldier Field with 369 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 36-7 romp over the Bears. He has now thrown 268 passes without an interception, the third-best streak in NFL history.
"There's a long way to go I don't think anything's been accomplished yet. We don't sit here and think we've got it all figured out." Brady said of the playoff-clinching rout.
Brady capped off a nearly-perfect first half with a 59-yard bomb to Deion Branch, making it 33-0 on the final play before halftime. "I thought it was great to get out to a lead today, to play from ahead, that was really important. We took advantage of some opportunities we got on offense. We also didn't take advantage of some other opportunities. It was a fun day. We'll remember that one.
"It was one of those days, one of those days...
The play that will be recalled as the one that put away the Bears as time ran out in the first half Sunday almost never happened.
Deion Branch caught a 59-yard 'hitch and go' route from Tom Brady down the left sideline as time expired in the first half. But Branch said there was "a lot of yelling" on the Patriots sideline with one coach yelling out for Brady to take a knee with a 27-0 lead.
"At one point, the coach was telling us to take a knee [laughter] and I'm looking at Tom like, 'take a knee,' and he was like, ''No.' He called a route and I was like, 'Alright, good. That's a good route.' I'm thankful to have him," said Branch, who felt the TD made up for the 71-yard punt return for a TD by Julian Edelman that was called back because of holding by rookie Dane Fletcher.
"But if you think about it they took the punt return away from Julian, which was a big minus...
In the moments following their 36-7 win over the Bears at Soldier Field, Deion Branch said it's nice to have clinched a spot in the playoffs but that is hardly their end goal.
"It doesn't mean anything right now," said Branch, who set a new career regular-seaon best with 151 yards receiving. "I think the thing is we want to continue to improve each and every week, to see how far can we go, as far as what's next. That's a plus, knowing we're in the playoffs, that's a plus but I think there's more football left in the rest of the season. We have three games and we're looking forward to them."
The Patriots can clinch their second straight AFC East title and their 9th in 11 seasons with a win over Green Bay next week and a Jets loss at Pittsburgh.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show