Blue Jays manager John Farrell joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon from the winter meetings in Dallas. Following his four-year stint as Red Sox pitching coach, Farrell finished his first season as Jays manager with an 81-81 record.
Farrell was rumored to be the Red Sox' top choice to replace Terry Francona this offseason, but Farrell said he never regretted going to Toronto.
"Not at all," he said. "When opportunities come up, they arise sometimes out of nowhere. I've never been one that while you're doing your current job, that you look elsewhere. I think becomes a complete distraction. I think it's a disservice and disrespect to the people that you work for. Who would have known what took place this past year? And that wouldn't have been the reason to either stay or go elsewhere. I felt like it was a great opportunity to join … that [Blue Jays] staff and to join a club that I think, you know what? Yeah, the...
Despite much speculation to the contrary, the Patriots will not be flexed out of their 4:15 ET slot on Dec. 18 when they play Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver, the NFL announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The initial deadline for CBS and NBC to decide on whether to switch the game to an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff was Tuesday but the NFL extended it to Wednesday. The game will remain on CBS and the Ravens and Chargers in San Diego will remain the primetime game that night on NBC.
Asked specificially during his Wednesday press conference whether or not the uncertainty of the game bothered him, Bill Belichick dismissed the subject out of hand.
"I don’t really care about the Broncos game right now," Belichick said. "I’m worried about the Washington game. I don’t really care about it. When they tell us to play, we’re going to show up and play the game. When it happens, it happens. Right now, I...
FOXBORO -- The trio of rookie running back Stevan Ridley, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Brandon Spikes were not spotted at Patriots practice indoors at the Dana Farber Field House as the team began on-field preparations for the Redskins this Sunday in Washington.
Vollmer injured his right foot in the Eagles game on Nov. 27 and missed last Sunday's game against the Colts while Spikes injured his right knee in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6 and hasn't played since.
The team practiced in full pads for the first time in three weeks. Linebacker Dane Fletcher was back on the practice field, his first practice in pads in over a month after requiring multiple surgeries on his thumb, the Boston Globe reported.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed wide receiver Dorin Dickerson, 23, to their practice squad, taking the place of Nick McDonald, who was signed off the practice squad last week to start at center. Dickerson also fills the role of Tiquan Underwood, who was promoted two weeks ago and takes the spot of wide receiver Taylor Price, who was released last week to make room for McDonald on the active roster. Price was picked up this week by the Jaguars.
Dickerson is a second-year player who was originally drafted by the Texans in the seventh round (227th overall) out of Pittsburgh in 2010. As a rookie, he played in seven games mainly on special teams. Dickerson, 6-foot-2, 227 pounds, was released by Houston on Sept. 3, 2011 and was then signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad on Sept. 12 before being released on Sept. 15. During his college career, he played at wide receiver, linebacker and tight end.
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DALLAS -- According to an industry source, Red Sox reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the team's offer of salary arbitration. As such, assuming the right-hander signs a major league contract elsewhere, the team will be entitled to a compensatory draft pick.
Wheeler made $3 million in 2011 with a team option for the same salary in 2012. The Sox declined that option at the end of the season. Wheeler would have been entitled to at least $2.4 million had he accepted arbitration, but will instead test the open market, though it remains possible that he could talk again with the Sox.
Wheeler, 33, was 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA in 47 appearances (49 1/3 innings). He struck out 7.1 batters per nine innings and walked 1.5 per nine innings. He struggled in April before landing on the DL in early-May, and he missed much of September with a forearm strain. In between, however, he had a strong mid-season run in which he had a 1.53 ERA over 35 appearances.
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.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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 calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
ESPN's firing of Curt Schilling has been a divisive topic. John, Gerry and Kirk discuss who's supporting Curt, who's detracting, and callers discuss North Carolina law that started the entire controversy.More from this show
Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
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