According to a baseball source, the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed $1.2 million deal for 2012 with Alfredo Aceves, thereby avoiding salary arbitration with the pitcher. The deal includes up to $100,000 in potential bonuses, either should Aceves end up in the Red Sox rotation (with $25,000 bonuses should he reach five, 10, 15 or 25 starts) or back in the bullpen (with $25,000 bonuses awarded for 55, 60, 65 and 70 appearances), with a maximum of $100,000 in potential bonuses.
Aceves, signed last February for $650,000 after being released by the Yankees following the 2010 season, emerged as an unexpected force for the Red Sox last season. The 29-year-old went 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 42 walks in 55 appearances that spanned 114 innings. All but four of his appearances were as a reliever. In his career, Aceves now owns a 24-3 record that gives him the highest winning percentage (.889) of any pitcher with at least 25 decisions in...
In a history-making year for quarterbacks, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named NFL MVP, winning 48 of 50 votes in balloting conducted by The Associated Press. The other two votes went to Saints quarterback Drew Brees, while Patriots QB Tom Brady's own historic season did not garner a single vote.
Rodgers led the Packers to an NFL-best 15-1 regular season record, producing a remarkable 122.5 quarterback rating while throwing 45 touchdowns and six interceptions en route to 4,643 yards passing. The reigning Super Bowl champions, however, fell in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs to the Giants.
Brees, meanwhile, set NFL records by throwing for 5,476 yards (smashing Dan Marino's 27-year-old record), completing 71.6 percent of his passes and 468 total passes. Though he led the Saints to a playoff win against the Falcons in the wild card round, New Orleans fell to the 49ers in the divisional round.
But for Brees, Brady would...
David Ortiz told ESPNDeportes.com that he would like to avoid salary arbitration and secure a multi-year deal with the Red Sox, but that he is deferring to the team and his agents to resolve the matter. Asked if he saw hope for a multi-year deal, Ortiz told the website, "Not yet."
"I’m just working hard and working out to get ready for the spring. I really would like to get this over with so that we don’t have to go in front of the judge and I can stop having to talk about this," Ortiz said.
Ortiz and the Red Sox have a scheduled salary arbitration hearing on an undisclosed date this month. After a 2011 season in which Ortiz earned $12.5 million (on a team option) and hit .309 with a .398 OBP, .554 slugging mark, .953 OPS, 29 homers and 96 RBI, the DH exited the free agent...
Laurent Rivard scored 20 points Saturday night and Harvard defeated Columbia, 57-52, before a sellout crowd at Lavietes Pavilion.
With the win, Harvard (20-2) is off to its best-ever start in conference play at 6-0. The Crimson, alone in first place after Penn lost at Yale on Friday, also extended their school-record streak of consecutive home wins to 25 (fourth-best nationally).
Keith Wright had 15 points and six rebounds for Harvard, which led by three at the half (30-27) and could not shake the Lions in Period 2. Every time the Crimson started to pull away, Columbia answered to keep within striking range. The Crimson also made things more difficult with poor foul shooting (21-for-32).
When Columbia's Brian Barbour (15 points) hit a tough shot in the paint with 26 seconds left, the Lions were within three points at 53-50. Rivard hit two free throws eight seconds later to restore the two-possession lead. Oliver McNally then hit two free...
The Patriots announced Saturday that rookie defensive end Alex Silvestro has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. In addition, they have released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.
Silvestro, 23, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers on July 27, 2011 and released on Sept. 3, 2011. He joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 28 and then was signed to the 53-man roster on Dec. 23 and saw action in his first NFL game in the victory over Miami on Dec. 24, registering two assisted tackles. Silvestro, 6-3, 267 pounds, was released on Dec. 29 and signed back to the practice squad on Dec. 31.
Underwood, 24, played in five games for New England in 2011 and caught three passes for 30 yards. Underwood, 6-foot-1, 183 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft choice (253rd overall) by Jacksonville in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. After beginning his rookie season on...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
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.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder/utility man Brock Holt about his recovery from a concussion, coming back and making an impact right away against the Angels.
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
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.
The guys end the show listening to Gary Tanguay channeling his 1980 DJ roots. Also, producer Ken Laird is forced to read 'Love on the Other Side of the Glass again'
Kirk rips Gary for being a bad father, although both could be headed for divorce
Minihane, Tanguay and Giradi get serious for about twenty minutes to discuss the Celtics chances of landing anybody in free agency.
Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase talk about John Farrell, the Front Office, and the Sox Roster.
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase to talk about the Bruins signing David Backes to a 5 year deal, and Torey Krug to a 4 year deal, and NHL Free Agency as a whole.
Conservative Curt and Liberal John go toe-to-toe about guns and politics.
Dale and Holley's Final Drive on a freestyle Friday!
Today's 4at4 was chosen by you the listeners. We take a look at four guys who we thought would do well here but let us all down.
We discuss the moves (or lack thereof) of the Bruins so far, and how fans have been less than receptive to the few changes.
Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable go over the state of the Red Sox minor league, with help from the voice of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Mike Antonellis.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin talks to Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy about getting drafted 14th overall by the Boston Bruins.
Ben, Russ and Alex start the show by discussing the breaking news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Manchester United. They also continue to cover the EURO's and Iceland's improbable run through the tourney. And of course, inevitably, they address Lionel Messi's announcement that he is retiring from Argentina.
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