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02/18/2011 - 2:27pm
Source: B's get Peverley in multi-player deal
By: DJ Bean

According to a source, the Bruins have swung a deal with the Thrashers that will send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.  

 

Peverley, 28, has another year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $1.325 million. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season for 34 points. Wheeler has 11 goals and 16 assists on the season for 27 points. He will be a restricted free agent at season's end. 

 

Stuart, set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has one goal and four assists for five points in 31 games. He missed time this season due to a fractured and dislocated finger and was relegated to being a healthy scratch upon his return. Valabik, a 6-foot-7, 255 pound blueliner, was the 10th overall pick of the 2004 NHL draft. 

 

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02/18/2011 - 2:10pm
Crawford: No pressure living up to contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Saying he feels no pressure to live up to the expectations that come with a seven-year, $142 million contract, Carl Crawford spoke to the media for over 17 minutes on Friday at the Red Sox complex. 

 

"I just took the same approach like I take every year, get ready for the season the same way," Crawford said. "My main goal is to worry about winning and that's all I'm worried about."

 

Crawford, like Adrian Gonzalez the day before, said he's looking forward to being part of a team chemistry that has been the team's focal point entering camp. 

 

"That's the main thing, getting a chance to play with the guys, like the ones in this clubhouse," Crawford said. "You don't get a chance to do that every day. Those guys are guys I feel like are guys like myself so to have an opportunity to play with guys like that is really exciting and I'm just hoping...

02/18/2011 - 11:36am
Theo on D&C: Depth biggest concern for Sox

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein stopped by to join Dennis & Callahan for a conversation Friday from spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Epstein said that despite the Sox' offseason moves that many are predicting will lead to an AL East title, the team shouldn't be victim to overconfidence.

 

"I think baseball is designed to humble you," he said. "I think those who get overconfident, even for a minute, are humbled by the nature of the game, the failure that’s inherent in the game, the grind of the season, the fact that even the best teams can start out 5-10 and then no one’s confident in a slump.

 

"So, I don’t think overconfidence is something that frequently plagues teams. But at this time of year, it’s not a bad thing to feel good about yourself, as long as you realize that we haven’t done anything and we have an awful lot of work ahead of us before we...

02/18/2011 - 10:43am
Bard on D&C: I fit my role with Sox for now

Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning from spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Bard has shined as a setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon, but there has been much speculation that he will take over the closing role at some point.

 

The hosts asked Bard how long he could remain happy as a setup man. "We'll see," he said. "As long as that's the role that fits for this team, which right now, that's exactly where I fit in. It's hard to address that question. I'm just looking at the personnel that we have — our starters, the other guys in the bullpen — and I think I'm suited pretty well for this role right now. But we can address that again next year at this time, I guess."

 

Asked how he would react to being given a five-year contract to be a setup man, he joked: "I'd sell hot dogs if they give me a five-year deal for good money."

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02/18/2011 - 10:30am
Scutaro: 'Feel good', ready to be starting SS

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Marco Scutaro arrived Friday morning in the Red Sox clubhouse and pronounced himself healthy and ready to assume the starting shortstop job that manager Terry Francona said was his in January. Scutaro battled through neck, elbow and shoulder injuries in 2010 — his first season in Boston. 

 

"It took a while till my shoulder felt better, after three weeks probably," said Scutaro, who added he was able to avoid surgery. "I had to get all the muscles around the rotator cuff. It feels good. I can move it now." 

 

Scutaro said he rehabbed his left elbow, he battled through the right shoulder and rotator cuff injury for the second half of 2010. Even with all the injuries, Scutaro managed to hit .275 in 150 games, with 11 homers and 56 RBIs. Scutaro also said he was in Miami and was watching TV when Francona called to inform him he was the starting shortstop for 2011....

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