Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen has agreed on a deal worth $905,000 with the Sox. The deal includes a $15,000 bonus if he appears in 65 games this season. Visit the Full Count blog for more as this story develops. Delcarmen, who is a native of the Hyde Park and a graduate of West Roxbury High School, was a second-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2000 and made his major league debut with the Sox on July 27, 2005. The Sox reliever owns a career Win-Loss record of 8-4 with an earned run average 3.74.
University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun will be taking a leave of absence to deal with undisclosed medical issues. UConn did not give additional details about the leave, however a statement from Calhoun's doctor says the leave is necessary "to address some temporary medical issues." Click here for more on this story.
WALTHAM — For the first time since being sidelined by a hyperextended right knee, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett returned to full practice on Tuesday. He took part in the session, running up and down the court without a noticeable limp. Coach Doc Rivers said he will not allow Garnett to play on Wednesday night in Detroit when the team plays the Pistons but rather keep him on track for a Friday return when the Celtics host Portland. "It felt good," Garnett said. "It felt good to be back with the guys today." While Garnett returned to practice, Rasheed Wallace was given the day off to rest his foot and groin, neither of which figure to keep him from facing his former team on Wednesday, according to Rivers. For more, including audio and video of KG in action, visit the Green Street blog.
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and closer Jonathan Papelbon are on the verge of finalizing a deal that would pay Papelbon $9.35 million for next season, allowing the pitcher to avoid arbitration for a second straight season. The deal was agreed upon just prior to the noon deadline to exchange numbers for a potential arbitration hearing. Papelbon also agreed to a one-year contract just prior to exchanging figures last season, coming to terms on a $6.25 million, one-year deal, a record for first-time arbitration-eligible pitchers.
Papelbon would become the highest-paid closer with four-year service time, surpassing Eric Gagne's mark of $8 million annually. Some other comparable contracts earned by four-year closers include Bobby Jenks ($7.5 million), Mariano Rivera ($7.25) and Francisco Rodriguez ($7.1). Rodriguez would make a record $10 million in his...
According to multiple reports, right-hander Felix Hernandez agreed to a five-year, $78 million deal with the Mariners that will keep him in Seattle through the 2014 season. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.com's Keith Law; terms were first reported (via Twitter) by reporter Francisco Blavia.
Hernandez was 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 2009 for the Mariners. He finished second in Cy Young voting to Kansas City's Zack Greinke.
The 23-year-old (he turns 24 in April) would have been eligible for free agency following the 2011 season. Now, however, it appears that he will remain with the Mariners for the foreseeable future. Hernandez is 58-41 with a 3.45 ERA...
Butch Stearns, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie discuss the Patriots comeback win over Cleveland and the loss of Rob Gronkowski for the season.
The guys finish up their breakdowns on what to expect today at Gillette and give their pick for a winner.
Curran calls the boys live from Gillette to break down today's game against the Browns. He thinks Cleveland will be a much tougher opponent than most. He also gets into the Ridley situation and if the Pats will look to sign Edelman.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.More from this show
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.More from this show