Garin Cecchini, who was chosen with the 143rd overall pick by the Red Sox in last week's MLB draft, is seeking a signing a bonus of $1.75 million, according to his father and coach Glenn Cecchini. Projected to be a mid-first-round choice entering the season, Cecchini suffered a torn ACL in mid-March and despite an impressive recovery that already has him running and swinging a bat, he will not play in actually play in games before the league's August 16 signing deadline. Cecchini, who outshone Bryce Harper this fall on Team USA's under-18 squad, hit .402 with 43 RBI, 52 runs, 10 doubles, 6 homers, and 55 stolen bases as a junior. The older brother of Gavin Cecchini, who is projected to be a top pick in the 2012 draft, Garin is committed to go to LSU. He was a 4.0 student at Barbe. For more on Cecchini, click here.
Pedro Martinez has discussed the possibility of pitching in the second half of this season with the Phillies, according to Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
In an ESPN story, Amaro said: "We have talked to his agent, but there's nothing so far. We are not negotiating, but we've been talking to him. It depends on whether he wants to play or not."
ESPN reported that sources close to Martinez said the former Red Sox star has begun working out in preparation for a second-half return similar to last season, when he joined the Phillies in August and pitched the final two months of the regular season and into the playoffs.
Jets coach Rex Ryan met with disgruntled star cornerback Darrelle Revis Tuesday night, and the coach told ESPN Wednesday morning that the two have worked out any problems. Revis created a controversy when he asked out of a drill at minicamp on Monday because he didn't feel well, then later told reporters it was a statement about his concern over contract negotiations. Ryan said Wednesday that Revis now insists he did feel "lightheaded" during practice. Added Ryan: "The great thing is, he never has to apologize to me. Just go out, be yourself and that will be good enough for me."
NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning for his weekly discussion about the Red Sox. He talked about Boston's recent success, interleague play, and Manny Ramirez' return to Fenway Park this weekend as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I think he's going to get booed," Remy said of Ramirez. "He quit on them, and it's too bad. I thought a lot about that, and you think of how much people loved Manny when he was here, but the way it ended was not pretty, and I think fans remember that."
Remy also touched on the Celtics' blowout loss in Game 6 and what their mindset might be heading into Game 7.
"You feel bad you couldn't close things out, obviously, but the fact is you know you have one more game to play and you gear up for that," Remy said. "It reminds me of the year the Red...
The latest celebration injury occurred in Los Angeles, as UCLA second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, one of the Bruins’ top hitters, will miss the College World Series after breaking his wrist during a pile-up celebration after the team's regional title. This happened three weeks after Angels first baseman Kendry Morales broke his leg during a celebration at home plate for his walk-off home run. Read more about that, plus see what they're saying about Tom Izzo returning to Michigan State, and check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!