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11/17/2010 - 5:10am
Ortiz on one-year deal: 'I'm fine with it'

Speaking publicly for the first time since the Red Sox picked up his team option for $12.5 million, David Ortiz told ESPN.com that he had no problem with the team executing the option despite his preference to work out a multi-year deal.

 

"I was trying to get something different," Ortiz told ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullan. "I wanted to stay here longer. But I got what the team offered me, and I'm fine with it.

 

"My agent tried to talk with [the Red Sox] about something else, but that didn't work out. I thought what I've done here in Boston was well deserving of two years, but I can't do nothing about it now except come back and play.

 

"People are doubting me, I know, but I don't really understand that. It's not like anyone is asking me for something I haven't already done. So you want me to come back and hit? Haven't I done that every year?"

 

Ortiz told...

11/16/2010 - 8:23pm
Hale not a finalist for Mets' managing job

ORLANDO, Fla. -- According to multiple reports out of New York, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is not one of the four finalists for the Mets' vacant managerial position. The 49-year-old Hale had been among the four finalists for the Blue Jays managing job last month before Toronto hired Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell for the job. According to the reports, the Mets' finalists are Terry Collins, Chip Hale, Bob Melvin, and Wally Backman. Earlier Tuesday, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that if Hale didn't get the opening with New York, there would be no more changes to the Sox' coaching staff. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


11/16/2010 - 7:52pm
Epstein says Salty could be everyday guy

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Talking to the Boston media at the General Managers Meetings Tuesday night, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that, depending on who becomes available in the catching market, Jarrod Saltalamacchia could be an "everyday guy" for the Sox heading into the 2011 season.

 

"We’ll probably have a more experienced guy on roster than him as well, but I think we’re comfortable with him in a role anywhere from a back-up, to job-share, to everyday guy, depending on how rest of club shapes up," Epstein explained. "We like him. We liked him from scouting standpoint, we took opportunity to buy low after he’d been through a rough period and then he really impressed the staff, who really had no vested interest in him. He really opened some eyes,. From the manager [Terry Francona] to Gary Tuck to pitching cocach, the way he handled pitchers, the way he threw, the way he conducted himself in the...

11/16/2010 - 7:19pm
Theo: Sox could give reliever multi-year deal

Speaking to the Boston media at the general managers' meetings Tuesday evening, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein talked about a variety of topics, including his team's potential need to break away from its past philosophy of attempting to not give relievers multi-year deals. The last reliever to secure a multi-year deal from the Sox was Hideki Okajima, who inked a two-year deal with a club option for a third prior to the 2007 season. The longest contract given to a reliever since Epstein took over as the Red Sox' general manager was the three-year contract secured by Keith Foulke heading into the '04 campaign.

 

"There's a good chance of it," said Epstein when asked if the Red Sox might be committing to multi-year deals for a reliever or relievers this offseason. "I'm not opposed to the right multi-year deal for the right reliever. If it's a reasonable multi-year deal that adds some value to the club, and if it's a pitcher whose...

11/16/2010 - 6:09pm
Patriots release LB Shawn Crable

The Patriots announced Tuesday evening they have released linebacker Shawn Crable. The Michigan product, a third-round pick of New England back in 2008, played in six games in 2010 and registered four total tackles, a half a sack and one special teams tackle. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Crable was inactive for the first eight games of the 2008 season before finishing the year on injured reserve. He spent the entire 2009 season on injured reserve, and was released by the Patriots on July 28 and signed to the practice squad on September 6. He was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Sept. 25. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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