LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Speaking to reporters at the winter meetings at the Dolphin Resort Hotel, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that catcher Jason Varitek will find his way into the Red Sox lineup a good deal, with the Sox taking advantage of the catcher's ability to hit left-handed pitching.
"Oh, I'm sure some of it will depend on health and production," said Francona when asked if Varitek would share time with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. " I think Tek's done a enough job where if you take away that broken bone last year, and Tek is having a heck of a year. He kind of bounced back [saying], 'Hey, I can do this and keep playing.' So Tek's going to play more than probably the average backup catcher, if that's what you're asking, sure."
Francona also touched on a variety of other Red Sox topics:
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- According to multiple sources familiar with the team's thinking, the Red Sox have not ruled out the pursuit of free agent Carl Crawford. However, several team and industry sources suggest that the seven-year, $126 million deal that Jayson Werth signed with the Phillies could complicate that pursuit.
The Sox appear unlikely to change their opinion of Crawford's value (and the kind of offer they are willing to make) as a reaction to the Werth contract. Even so, if Werth's deal proves an outlier, rather than a baseline, then it is conceivable that Boston could still be in the mix for the speedy All-Star. That said, the timetable for negotiations with Crawford are complicated by the fact that they are somewhat dependent on when and with whom Cliff Lee signs, since teams such as the Yankees and Rangers could turn their attentions to Crawford should they fail to land the left-hander.
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Tuesday morning to talk about Monday night's 45-3 humiliation of the Jets.
Wilfork said the Patriots had their best week of practice in the last two seasons, as the team showed it could work together and play a complete game. "I think everybody's focus level was where it needed to be, and it showed last night," he said. "That was very encouraging when guys come in and take care of business, especially coming off Thanksgiving week in Detroit, then come back home with a divisional rivalry, and playing for first pace in our division. So, hats go off to all of our teammates and coaching staff. I think our preparation was everything this week."
Late in the game, Bill Belichick huddled with a group of players and gave a pep talk that elicited some smiles. Said Wilfork: "He basically told us we're going to...
Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, only hours after leading the Patriots to a 45-3 rout of the Jets in the battle for AFC East supremacy.
Considering his past comments about his distaste for the Jets, Brady was asked if he now felt sorry for New York following the Monday night embarrassment. "I would never, never feel sorry for the Jets. There's no chance," Brady said with a laugh. "I have a lot of old players, Patriot players and Patriot coaches, that texted me after the game last night and expressed their views on the Jets as well. There's no love lost between the current Patriots and the current Jets, or the former Patriots and the former Jets. It's such a great rivalry, and I think we bring out the best out of each other."
Brady said he wasn't able to enjoy the rout until the game ended, but even then there isn't much time to celebrate. "...
On Monday, there were reports that the NFL is close to resolving its investigation into the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger situation, and that the league was not likely to suspend the Vikings quarterback. Sterger's manager did not take well to that news. Phil Reese told TMZ.com that Sterger has "provided extensive evidence that irrefutably proves there was harassment." While Sterger has been mostly silent on the matter until now, Reese said that could change. Said Reese: "No matter what happens, Jenn has all legal remedies, including going public, if the NFL doesn't clear her name." Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
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The great Lisa Scherber joined us to discuss today's trip to Fort Myers with 46 Jimmy Fund patients.
D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss David Ortiz's self-penned piece which took on such topics as steroids, the media, his contract and more. And we get into a back and forth about the fan perception of him in Boston, and why he can be so polarizing at times, even with the on-field track record he has.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon preview this year’s NCAA regionals and take a look at the chances for each of the Boston-area teams in the field. They also discuss BU’s Jack Eichel, Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey and the Hobey Baker Award.
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