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...
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...
FOXBORO -- The decision to place veteran wide receiver Torry Holt on season-ending injured reserve with a reported knee injury was made "in the best interest of the club," Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio said on Monday morning.
"I think the decision with Torry, we just felt that was the best thing for the club at this point in time," Caserio said. "Torry came in, he worked hard, he did everything we've asked him to do, a total professional. He's been a really good player and had a really productive career but in the end, we have to make decisions that we feel are best for the club so that's what we did.
"He may have missed a few days there at the end so we just went with the decision that we felt was best."
The team brought back receiver Buddy Farnham to take Holt's place and also signed rookie offensive lineman Brian Simmons on Sunday to the roster....
PGA Tour player and golf analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday morning to recap the unusual finish to the PGA Championship and Tiger Woods' chances of making the Ryder Cup team. Regarding Dustin Johnson's penalty for grounding his club in a bunker, Faxon admitted it was more memorable than Martin Kaymer winning the tournament. "I can't remember anything like this," he said. "With that, nobody is going to remember the tournament winner. Do you guys remember who won?"
Despite Johnson suffering a technicality, Faxon said that he had no one to blame but himself. "It was very clear to the PGA of America that this was going to be an issue, so they put notifications everywhere," he said. "They were in lockers, they were in registrations, they were on the first tee, they were on the bathroom doors, they were on mirrors, they were everywhere. So to use the excuse that...
It's a big day in New York, with the trash-talking Jets and Giants prepared to settle their differences on the field as they open the New Meadowlands Stadium with a preseason clash. Also Monday night, Johnny Damon makes his return to the Bronx when his Tigers play the Yankees. He undoubtedly will get a friendlier reception than when he first returned to Fenway Park in pinstripes. Read more about those stories, plus get an update on Jason Bay, who has been battling post-concussion issues as he tries to return to the Mets, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
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.
Joe and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
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
Tom joined the show after the close win over Oakland.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to discuss week 3 in the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Christian and Fauria re-visit their karaoke battle from over the weekend, with audio!
Oakland drove down deep into the Patriots red zone with a minute to play on Sunday in a bid to tie the game and send it to overtime. Jones was asked if he and his teammates were nervous at all towards the end; He refuted the assertion saying the team clamped down and became more composed. Veterans Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork are vocal leaders and can calm the defense down. And then, all four of the guys had a laugh over rookie Brian Stork's post-game interview with reporters.
Edelman talked about his scary play in the red zone to start off the 4th quarter, in which he flipped in the air and landed on his head. He was fine, but admits that players need to be aware of the down and importance of putting your health in jeopardy over the course of a 16 game season. The guys asked him about the offense's struggles, and Gronk's inability to pull in a tipped ball in the end zone.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
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