Major League Baseball announced Monday night that the Rangers had won the rights to exclusively negotiate with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. According to Yahoo! Sports, the winning bid was $51.7 million, topping the previous all-time bid of just over $51.1 million made by the Red Sox when pursuing Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006.
The Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If no deal can be reached than the 25-year-old right-hander would be returned to his team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, with the posting fee being returned to Texas. In the case of Matsuzaka, it took 29 days of negotiating before a six-year, $52 million deal could be reached with the Red Sox.
Darvish is coming off his best season in a five-year career with Nippon, having gone 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA, striking out 276 in 232 innings. He has never had a season which saw his ERA top 1.88, having averaged exactly eight innings per appearance over 128 games.
According to multiple industry sources, the Cubs are hiring scout Matt Dorey from the Red Sox. Dorey, who spent the last four years as a Red Sox area scout, will be a national cross-checker for Chicago.
Dorey, who started with the Sox (having been hired by former Sox director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod, who is now the Cubs assistant GM) in the Northwest in 2007 before moving to cover Louisiana and Texas in the last two years, was credited with the scouting and signing of a number of prominent Sox prospects in recent drafts, including 2010 picks Anthony Ranaudo, Garin Cecchini, Kendrick Perkins and Lucas LeBlanc.
At the time that he was introduced as Cubs president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein said that it was possible that he would bring over and promote one employee from the Red Sox. Dorey is the first person whom Epstein and the Cubs have added from the Boston baseball operations staff.
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According to multiple sources, longtime Boston University strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle is on the verge of joining the Red Sox as a member of their newly-revamped training staff. Boyle, a Springfield College graduate who currently runs the local training facility "Body By Boyle," has previously also worked with the Bruins.
Boyle will not carry the title of strength and conditioning coach, which had been vacant after the firing of Dave Page following the 2011 season. The team is in the process of reorganizing their training staff, having already hired former Cleveland Indians trainer Rick Jameyson to become its new head trainer, with Mike Reinold concentrating on the rehabilitation process for the players.
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
Tim Thomas stopped 16-of-17 shots in the third period and Brad Marchand scored a spectacular backhander late in the third to lead the Bruins to their fifth straight win, a 3-2 triumph over the Canadiens Monday night at TD Garden. The Bruins, who improved to 19-2-1 in their last 22 games, stand atop the Eastern Conference with 45 points.
Just under three minutes into the second period, Andrew Ference fired a pass from behind Carey Price and off David Krejci's left skate to break the 1-1 tie. Krecji's sixth of the season was reviewed before being upheld as a good goal. The Bruins had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Benoit Pouliot scored his second goal in as many games, taking a nice cross-slot pass from Rich Peverley to beat Carey Price. Peverley won the draw cleanly in the offensive right circle and skated in on goal before finding a wide open Pouliot for the one-goal lead.
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday night that while he did not feel Milan Lucic's hit on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was a punishable act, Lucic's entire body of work is what ultimately led to him being suspended for one game.
"I talked to Brendan Shanahan today following his sanction on Milan, the one-game suspension, and what was explained to me was that when there have been incidents before with a player, they look at the whole body of work," he said. "I don’t know if it’s as strong as being a repeat offender, but he’s done stuff in the past, according to hockey ops, that go to his character reference when they’re looking at putting up punishment. Brendan didn’t say this, but if it was his first incident, I would think maybe he wouldn’t have been suspended. Brendan didn’t say that, but that’s my take on the whole thing."
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
Mut recaps the Sox 3-1 loss in the series opener against the White Sox.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?
The debate heats up as the discussion turns towards O.J. Simpson
On a Friday edition of Headlines, Gary presents us with some thrilling erotica talk.
Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.
Glenn and Christian discuss last night's underwhelming draft by the Celtics
Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.
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Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
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