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12/13/2012 - 3:58pm
Sox' interest in Hamilton capped at 3 years

According to an industry source, the Red Sox did have interest in the possibility of acquiring free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but the team's interest was limited to the idea of getting the 31-year-old free agent on a deal of three years or fewer. The Sox were not interested in competing with the length of term offered by the Angels, who reportedly reached an agreement with Hamilton on a five-year, $125 million deal on Thursday afternoon. 

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, hit .285 with a .354 OBP, .577 slugging mark, .930 OPS and a career-high 43 homers for the Rangers in 2012. In his six-year big league career, the top overall pick in the 1999 draft has hit .304/.363/.549/.913 with 161 homers while averaging 123 games per year.

His AL West defection from the Rangers to the Angels represents an impactful shift for 2013, although with the Halos committing to Hamilton between ages 32-36, along with the remaining nine years on the contract...

12/13/2012 - 2:50pm
Cherington: 'Issues' with Napoli deal remain

Speaking after the press conference to announce the signing of outfielder Shane Victorino, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington wouldn't elaborate the delay in announcing was expected to be Mike Napoli's three-year, $39 million deal.

Napoli was scheduled to be introduced at a press conference Tuesday, but an issue following the infielder's Monday physical has delayed the process.

"I understand the question, it's just a situation where we're working through some things in regards to another player, and until — as has been our policy — until every sort of aspect of the agreement's resolved, where not in a position to comment on it publicly," Cherington said. "We're still at a point where we're still working through some issues and that's all I can say at this point."

While there has been assumption that the delay has been due to a medical issue involving Napoli, Cherington wouldn't elaborate on the source of...

12/13/2012 - 2:47pm
Gronk only one missing from practice

Rob Gronkowski was the only member of the Patriots not on the field at the start of Thursday's practice session, according to reports. The tight end, who also did not participate in Wednesday's walk-through, is battling hip and forearm issues. Notables who were back on the field include defensive lineman Kyle Love. In addition, cornerbacks Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard and Aqib Talib have been banged up lately, but were all on the field at the start of practice Thursday.

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12/13/2012 - 2:38pm
Hill: Dempster would be 'great addition'

Left-hander Rich Hill, who played with free agent Ryan Dempster with the Cubs from 2005-08, suggested that the right-hander would make an extremely strong addition in Boston if he and the Red Sox. 

"Dempster would be a GREAT addition to that clubhouse," Hill wrote in a text. "One of the best teammates I have played with!"

While there have been questions about how Dempster might adapt to the American League East after spending almost all of his career (save for the last couple months of 2012, after he was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers) in the NL, Hill suggested that the 35-year-old has the stuff to sustain strong results even with a change of league and division. 

"No doubt that he would do extremely well in the East," wrote Hill. "I look at how guys bounce back from outings that did not go so well and he does a great job of that. He has only gotten better as time has gone on. Also, playing...

12/13/2012 - 11:10am
Source: Sox, Dempster talking two-year deal

While a major league source said that the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster are talking but declined to characterize the precise state of negotiations, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via Twitter), said that the two sides are 'close' to a deal with the veteran right-hander. Another industry source said that the two sides appear to be discussing the framework of a two-year deal.  

An industry source said last week that the Red Sox have expressed interest in the veteran, who was 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings in 2012 with the Cubs and Rangers, though he went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after Texas acquired him at the trade deadline. Though 35, Dempster has been durable with a strong track record since moving from the bullpen to the rotation with the Cubs in 2008. Over the last five years, he’s averaged 199 innings a year (2012, in...

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