In the final hours -- and in most instances, minutes -- leading up to the midnight deadline for draft picks to sign at the end of the day on Aug. 15, the Red Sox signed a host of players whom they'd taken in this June's amateur draft, including all four of the team's top picks.
The signings included:
1st round (No. 19): Right-hander Matt Barnes, University of Connecticut, $1.5 million (for more on Barnes, click here)
1st round (No. 26): Catcher Blake Swihart, V. Sue Cleveland HS (Rio Rancho, N.M.), $2.5 million (for more on Swihart, click here)
1st round supplemental (No. 36): Left-hander Henry Owens, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.), $1.55 million (for more on Owens,...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show on the season's first edition of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, touching on a variety of topics as the Patriots prepare for their second preseason game Thursday in Tampa.
The Pats held Monday's practice session inside the practice bubble due to rain, though Belichick, who squirted footballs with water during the practice, said he would have rather been out in the rain. Ultimately, concerns over the well-being of the field won out and the session was moved indoors.
"I wanted to be outside, but was advised by our field guys that if we went out there we would probably be in the mud for the rest of the year, so we just sacrificed this one, but it hurt to go inside," Belichick said. "It really did."
A report from National Football Post suggested the Patriots could cut trade...
Patriots defensive lineman made the first of his weekly appearances on The Big Show as part of Patriots' Monday and talked about the disappointment of last season, the loss of Ty Warren, the versatility along the defensive line and what he expects from Albert Haynesworth.
"My main thing is, I want him on the field," Wilfork said. "It's a pleasure to play with a guy like him. One of the best in the league, I think everyone's seen that; that the guy can play. It's not going to do anything but make us better. He's willing to learn. He's in the meeting rooms. He's trying to get the defensive stuff down. He's taking care of his end so you know what I hope everything works out for all of us."
Wilfork noted that Haynesworth has been picking up the schemes in meetings and now it's just a matter of getting on the field. "He's very smart when it comes to football. He picks up stuff quickly," Wilfork said. "It's just...
FOXBORO -- Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio stopped short of confirming the workouts for free agents T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Darren Sharper and Renaldo Hill but he did acknowledge the team has not changed the pace at which the team is looking at players and will continue to look for matches to needs the team has.
"I think you're talking about apples and oranges," Caserio said on Monday when asked if the team is more agressively pursuing free agents. "I actually went back and checked our notes from last year, we worked out the same amount of players at this time in training camp this year as we have in years past. So, we're just doing our due diligence, we're doing our homework, we're trying to stay prepared, we're trying to gather as much information as we can on the players and if there's an opportunity that makes sense for us, then we'll pursue it."
Various reports have the Patriots looking at Houshmandzadeh, a...
Dan Koppen joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday from Gillette Stadium. Koppen was first asked about fellow offensive lineman and longtime teammates Logan Mankins and Matt Light being at training camp after both recently signed deals with the Patriots.
"It's nice," Koppen said. "Being able to play with those guys for a long time and know what they are capable of doing and what they are going to do in certain situations. It helps get the process going again. Good guys and good players."
Nate Solder is new to the offensive line mix, but Koppen has been impressed with what he has seen so far from the first-round pick.
"Big guy, strong, you can see his athleticism come out," said Koppen of Solder. "He's one of those guys who goes out there, does his work, studies his books, smart guy and if he keeps working at it he's got a lot of potential."
Koppen was asked about the competitive level and...
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower joined the show to discuss last night's divisional win over the Bills, the inadvertent whistle, being named the "Gruden Grinder" and how the team is dealing with injuries.
James White scored a pair of TD's last night when the Pats beat the Bills on MNF. He spoke about his evolution with the team and what it's like playing for Tom Brady.
FOXBORO — In a game that lasted three hours, 32 minutes, the Patriots got a pair of touchdowns from James White to overcome a controversial inadvertent whistle against them and post a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
A 5-minute recap of the Celtics victory over the Nets. David Lee talks about his improved play, Brad Stevens discusses using Isaiah Thomas off-ball before completely ignoring Gino Time.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
PIcard and Bradford break down the trade between the Red Sox and Padres that brought Craig Kimbrel to town - what they like about, what they don't like, who the Sox gave up and what the future looks like for the Sox bullpen and pitching staff as a whole.
Ryan Hannable and Ken Laird discuss the Boston Red Sox trading away the 25th and 76th best prospects in baseball (MLB.com) plus Logan Allen and Carlos Asuaje to San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrel.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
San Jose 5, Boston 4 at TD Garden on Tuesday night. After the game, coach Claude Julien had some tough words for his team. What changes are coming? DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins mediocrity.
Tom Brady on the big win on Monday Night Football.
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined the show to talk about last night's Patriots win, the inadvertent whistle, making officials accountable for mistakes, and Ray Lewis' ignorance about Bill Belichick.
Given the level of crap ESPN gleefully put the Patriots through this past off-season, will there be repercussions to it tonight off the field? Should there be? We discuss it.
We close out the day with the best in sound!
With ESPN in town we look at four major reasons why the Patriots have every right in the world to give them the cold shoulder.
The daily fantasy sports boom is catching the eye of local lawmakers across the country, which sparks the debate of is it gambling or is it a game of skill?
Mut and Villani talk with WEEI.com's Chris Price about this week for the Patriots leading up to their Monday Night matchup with the Bills.
Mut and Villani talk with the voice of the Eagles, Jon Meterparel about the game between the Eagles and Fighting Irish at Fenway Park.
Greg Dickerson, Chris Price, and Christian Fauria talk all things Patriots leading into Pats - Bills at Gillette Stadium
Steve Young joined the show to talk about the Patriots game with the Bills on Monday Night Football.More from this show
Tim discussed the Pats 10-0 start.More from this show