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?"
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.
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...
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...
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.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
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.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
Catcher Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox top-rated prospects, sits down with Lou to talk about Spring Training and his expectations for the upcoming season
Mut, Bradford, and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo talk about the official opening of spring training tomorrow. Mike Napoli joins them and talks about sleeping better after his sleep apnea surgery, being ready to get back to baseball, and Julian Edelman. They then close things out talking about Xander Bogaerts improving on what he learned last season, and the newer, younger players in camp this spring.
Mut, Bradford, and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo talk with Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. Mike talks about sleeping better after his sleep apnea surgery, being excited to get back to baseball, and the picture taken of Julian Edelman.
Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Ryan Lambert calls the guys to talk about the Bruins playoff chances, Chiarelli's future and if the B's are sellers or buyers as the trade deadline approaches.
Big John can't take it anymore, JUST TALK ABOUT SPORTS!!!
Ben joined Dino, Gerry and Kirk to look at the team's offseason acquisitions. He also chatted about the market for adding quality Cuban talent.
Bogaerts sat down with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to talk about the upcoming season. He revealed that he lost his confidence last season after a tough start and is looking forward to settling into shortstop in the future.
With the recent discussions about the "pace of play", the guys discuss the larger issue of baseball's declining popularity.
The guys react to David Ortiz recent diatribe against the new rugulations about players in the batter's box
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton listen in as David Ortiz goes off to the media about the pace of game rule changes being put in place this year in Major League Baseball. They listen to David, discuss it among themselves, and talk with YOU.
Dale and Michael talk B's, as the season seems less and less salvageable after each loss... this time at home to Vancouver.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie are talking baseball, with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training today. The pace of baseball games being what it is, they discuss some rules that MLB is looking into implementing.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
Chris and Nate from Barstool Sports review the events of Fast Lane and Raw while discussing the potential card at Wrestlemania.
Schilling sits in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk at spring training in Fort Myers. Schill talks about the Red Sox rotation and the indifference of Clay Buchholz.More from this show
Big John can't take it anymore, JUST TALK ABOUT SPORTS!!!More from this show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to help them examine the pressing issues facing the 2015 Red Sox.More from this show