According to a major league source, the Red Sox have extended an offer to free agent pitcher Matt Guerrier. It had been reported earlier in the offseason the Sox did have interest in the 32-year-old righty, who finished with a 3.17 ERA in 74 games with Minnesota in 2010. Guerrier would not cost a draft pick if signed after the Twins failed to offer him arbitration. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein confirmed Tuesday at the winter meetings that the team had made offers to some free agent relief pitchers. For more Red Sox news, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.
FOXBORO -- Rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes was again missing from Patriots practice on Friday as the team held its final outdoor practice on a cold and blustery Gillette Stadium field in sweats and shells.
Spikes also missed Thursday's practice and the team said the absence was "not injury" related. Safety Patrick Chung returned to practice on Friday after also missing with a non-injury related issue. Also missing Friday were defensive linemen Mike Wright and Myron Pryor and defensive back Jonathan Wilhite.
FOXBORO -- In an effort to bolster depth in their defensive backfield, Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Friday morning before practice that they've brought in defensive back Chevis Jackson. Belichick said they would have a move "later on" Friday. Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite has been battling a hip injury for several weeks and was again missing from practice on Friday.
Jackson, who was at practice Friday wearing No. 41, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd round (68th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He recorded his first career interception on a 95-yard return for a touchdown on Nov. 9, 2008. Jackson played most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signing with them on Oct. 18.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the present, and future, of the team as well as the future of the league as it heads into an uncertain labor situation. Kraft likes where his 10-2 team is now, but he is also optimistic about the future as the Pats own potentially five of the top 75 picks in next year's draft and three of the top 33 (their own, plus the Raiders first rounder and the Panthers second round pick).
"We are on pace for the highest rookie starts in our franchise history," Kraft said. "We have the most starts in the league by first and second-year players. Twenty of our 53 players are in their first or second year. We’ve gone from the fifth oldest starting defense in the league to the youngest one right now. I like the way our team is set up if we do a wise job of selecting players in the future we’ve positioned ourselves to hopefully be able to compete for the next...
Speaking on his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that he is picking the Bears in their matchup with the Patriots Sunday. It is the third time Schefter has picked against the Pats, with the other two occasions (Jets, Browns) resulting in New England losses.
"First and foremost, I get uneasy and squeamish overtime I pick against the Patriots because in theory, you should never pick against them. They are that good. They are that dominant. They are, in my opinion, the best team in football right now," Schefter said. "But I see them coming off that 'Monday Night Football' game where they can't play any better than that, on a short week, traveling, playing a team that's going to be fired up for this game like it's going to be their Super Bowl. I just think Chicago is going to come out and play a great defensive game.
"The ingredients are there for it to be a...
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