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08/16/2010 - 1:57pm
Sox 'close' to signing draftee LeBlanc

According to a source familiar with the conversations, the Red Sox were "close" to signing a deal with 11th-round draft pick Lucas LeBlanc for what was expected to be a bonus in line with second-round money. The Sox had viewed LeBlanc as unlikely to sign, and the transfer from Delgado Junior College had already arrived on the LSU campus last week, before the team apparently moved to increase its offer in recent days.

 

LeBlanc is a player with a well-rounded set of tools, whom Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye described after the draft as someone who does everything well, rather than possessing a single standout tool.

 

Earlier on Monday, WEEI.com had reported that the Sox were considering reallocating the money that they had earmarked for second-round selection Brandon Workman (a right-hander out of Texas) for LeBlanc and perhaps other later-round draftees. With news that a deal for LeBlanc is close, it...

08/16/2010 - 12:59pm
Welker: There are 'good days and bad days'

FOXBORO -- Sounding a more cautious tone following this week's final practice of training camp in Foxboro, Wes Welker said he still needs to make more progress in getting his surgically-repaired left knee ready for game action. 

 

"It's still kind of the same," Welker said. "We're making strides but at the same time, there's good days and bad days so we're just trying to work through them and keep on getting better each day. It's good to get out here and get reps with the guys and be not stuck somewhere else rehabbing and doing stuff like that. It's just good to be out here."

 

Welker, who did not play last Thursday against New Orleans, did not indicate whether he would be ready for the second preseason game this Thursday night in Atlanta. He was expected to leave with the team on Monday and travel to Atlanta and participate in practices against the Falcons on Tuesday outside Atlanta. 

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08/16/2010 - 12:44pm
Aaron Schobel says he will retire

Defensive end Aaron Schobel has decided to retire, according to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The former Buffalo pass rusher, who has 78 sacks over a nine-year career (all with the Bills), was considered one of the premier defensive players on the market after he was released by Buffalo earlier this month. But despite the fact that several teams had shown an interest in the 32-year-old — a group that reportedly included the Patriots and Texans — he told McClain that he has decided to retire.

“Obviously, it would have been a great place to play, but at point of my career, I’m not going to sit here and tell you how I would have performed,” Schobel told the Houston Chronicle when he was asked about possibly playing in Houston. “I’m not saying I could or couldn’t have played at my best, but I’m just not 100 percent sure.

“I want to be done with...

08/16/2010 - 12:42pm
Sources: Cecchini, Red Sox close
By: DJ Bean

Multiple industry sources have indicated to WEEI.com that the Red Sox and fourth-round pick Garin Cecchini are closing in on a deal that should be completed prior to midnight's deadline for signing draft choices.

 

Cecchini, a shortstop out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., who is expected to play third base in the majors, is verbally committed to play at LSU next season. A committed student and aspiring lawyer, Cecchini wanted to go to college and told major league teams that he would indeed do so if he wasn't given a $1.75 million signing bonus. Whether or not the exact number demanded is met, sources from both sides of the negotiation have expressed confidence that a deal will indeed get done.

 

Praised for his tools and selective approach at the plate, the lefty hitting Cecchini outshone first overall pick Bryce Harper for Team USA in an under-18 tournament last summer. In the eight-game tournament that...

08/16/2010 - 12:09pm
Wilfork on D&H: I'll miss Ty on the field
By: Jay Asser

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show on Monday morning to talk about the Ty Warren injury, voluntary workouts and training camp.

 

"That's a personal friend of mine on and off the field," Wilfork said of Warren. "It's just sad to hear something like that, sidelined for the season. I talked with him afterwards and everything and he's in high spirits. It's something he said he needs to take care of and I support him 100 percent. As far as the player, that's a guy I will miss out there on the field with me but I think the guys that stepped in are doing a good job. I mean we've been working every day, everybody has been doing their thing and hopefully we can get better as a team."

 

Wilfork also touched on heading to Atlanta and facing Falcons players in dual practices, and the attitude he'll have.

 

"I won't help him up," Wilfork...

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