Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on the WEEI Red Sox Hot Stove Show on Thursday night, said that he has had initial contact with reliever Alfredo Aceves and that he plans to meet with him at greater length to discuss expectations going forward.
Aceves was one of the most impactful relievers in baseball in 2011, when he had a 2.61 ERA while pitching 114 innings. In 2012, while spending most of the year as the Red Sox closer, he was effective for long stretches but then struggled deeply down the stretch, losing ninth-inning duties and finishing the year with a 2-10 record and 5.36 ERA. Perhaps more significantly, he had multiple issues related to his conduct, getting hit by the team with a three-game suspension for ripping off his uniform in the bullpen, getting into a dugout disagreement with Dustin Pedroia during which he swatted away manager Bobby Valentine and, later, leaving a bullpen mound in a fashion that permitted him to avoid...
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and the MLB Radio Network, free agent Mike Napoli is holding out for a fourth guaranteed year from the Red Sox, and has also drawn interest from the Mariners. There have also been reports regarding the Yankees interest in Napoli.
The 31-year-old would be viewed by the Red Sox as a first baseman, who would also provide depth at catcher and behind David Ortiz as a designated hitter.
The right-handed-hitting Napoli struggled for much of the 2012 season, finishing with a .227 batting average and .812 OPS while battling leg injuries. Napoli did, however, finish '12 strong, hitting seven home runs to go with a 1.051 OPS in the season's final month.
Napoli was not offered the one-year, $13 million qualifying offer by the Rangers, meaning the no draft pick would be forfeited by any team signing the slugger.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended two games last year for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day game, might face disciplinary action again this year after his foot landed in the midsection of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Detroit's overtime loss Thursday.
On a first-quarter play, Suh was on the ground after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot and it landed below Schaub's belt.
Suh let the locker room without speaking to reporters. Schaub, asked about the play, did his best to take the high road.
Said Schaub: "I really don't have anything to say about that play or that person."
Boomer Esiason, on CBS' halftime show, had no doubt the kick was intentional.
"I would never shake this guy's hand, because once again he has crossed the line," Esiason said. "It's obvious that it was on purpose."...
EAST RUTHERFORD -- There was rampant speculation inside MetLife Stadum when the Jets fell behind 35-0 late in the second quarter that Tim Tebow would finally appear at quarterback, replacing Mark Sanchez.
After the 49-19 thrashing of the Jets was complete, Tebow explained why he was never inserted into the game, despite being active.
"Two fractured ribs," Tebow announced, adding he suffered the injury on Nov. 11 in Seattle.
The crowd began chanting "Te-bow, Te-bow" as the Jets fell behind by 35 points. But Jets coach Rex Ryan said afterward that he wasn't going to put Tebow in the game when he was hurt.
"I was only going to play Tim if we absolutely had to have him," Ryan said. "That's why he wasn't on the punt team and didn't have any snaps on offense."
"I appreciate his concern," Tebow said. "I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress but I...
EAST RUTHERFORD -- Bill Belichick became just the eighth coach in NFL history to reach 200 wins in a career in the 49-19 blowout of the Jets Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. The mark includes regular season and the playoffs.
"It's been a privilege and a great opportunity to coach the players that won those games," Belichick said afterward. "I never made a block, didn't make a tackle, didn't throw a pass, didn't kick a ball. The players won them.
"It's an honor to coach the group of players that go out there and make the plays and to win those games, and that's what happened [Thursday]. The players went out there and made the plays and they deserved to win. It's a privilege to coach this team for Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization and the players that are on it. It's nice but it's really more a reflection of what the players have done."
Belichick is now 200-107 in his career, including 17-7...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe catch-up with former Sox GM Theo Epstein who is in town with the World Champion Cubs to take on the Sox this weekend.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Gerry and Kirk read some inspiring quotes from Tony Robbins and Curtis is all set to see the man himself in June.
Tony Robbins fans were sent to the hospital after getting injured walking over coals and Pat is a massive fan of Tony Robbins.
Gerry, Kirk and Arcand react to Brady getting into a business relationship with Tony Robbins.
Night 1 of the draft has passed and Jimmy Garoppolo is still here. The general consensus on the Bears was that they screwed up their draft. And Larry Bird is out in Indiana. Is there hope for Ordway's Paul George dream?
The offensive issues for this Red Sox team are becoming more and more obvious. We also react to our interview with Pedro Martinez.
Chris Sale basically took on Tanaka and the Yankees by himself last night. And the Sox hot corner of days past seem to be gone as far as third base goes.
Final two hours of Dale and Holley with Keefe for a Friday.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a variety of topics for the first two hours of Freestyle Friday.
We close out the week with another edition of the madness and LAROY!!!!!!!!!!! takes you into the weekend.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ken and Chris have the Good Weekend recap of a Friday Christian Arcand edition of K&C.
It’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft tonight so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson offer a little pre-draft fodder for you featuring the Top Tight Ends and Top Wide Receivers. It’s Day 1 of the draft so there’s a lot of focus on the Top Tier talent who you could see drafted tonight including analysis on OJ Howard, Evan Engram & David Njoku; all Tight Ends that could be drafted in tonight’s 1st Round – a rarity. The analysis deepens with more focus on the Top 10 Tight Ends including Jake Butt, Bucky Hodges and Jordan Leggett. Then the boys turn to the Top Wide Receivers, including John Ross, Corey Davis, Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Shuster. We’ll see where these guys land tonight, but you can learn more and have a few laughs right now.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
Hour 4. Kirk questions the show about whether or not anyone would have relations with another man while in prison. Jemele Hill threatened Kirk on Twitter, but did she delete her tweet?More from this show
Hour 1. Kirk, Gerry and Meter go over the long list of ESPN employees that were let go yesterday, and realize a certain pair of names not on the list. The callers weigh in on the public's influence on ESPN.More from this show
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.More from this show
Hour 3. Kyle Kennedy's lawyer joins K&C to talk about yesterday's press conference . K&C insider Rabbit calls in to talk about the news surrounding Kyle Kennedy.More from this show
Christian Arcand made his triumphant return to K&C and the guys talked about the future of Jimmy Garoppolo.More from this show