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07/21/2011 - 12:47pm
Gammons: Sox 'going to try' with Jimenez

MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Thursday to talk about the trade possibilities for the Red Sox as the July 31 deadline nears. Gammons, however, was first asked about Jacoby Ellsbury and the likelihood that the Sox would be able to lock the center fielder up to a long-term deal before he hits the free-agent market after the 2013 season. 

"I'm sure they'll push but it won't happen," Gammons said. "Scott Boras doesn't do long-term deals. I would be shocked, I just don't see it happening. I think that they'll try but it's just not Scott's nature. He likes to go to free agency. He sees that he has a star-quality player in Ellsbury. And I think if it gets to the middle of next year and is playing like he is now, there's a chance that the Red Sox would come close to what Scott wants."

Carlos Beltran is a name that has been mentioned prominently over the past few weeks...

07/21/2011 - 9:27am
NFL owners gather in Atlanta

NFL owners arrived Thursday morning in Atlanta to potentially vote on a proposal that could end the lockout, which began in March and is now the longest work stoppage in the history of the NFL.

Each of the 32 teams are reportedly represented at the meetings. Despite the fact that his mother Myra Kraft passed away Wednesday morning, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft is in attendance, taking the place of his father, Robert.

Several owners spoke with the media on the way into the meeting, and many of them believe they will not only vote on the new deal on Thursday, but that it will pass.

“Yes, I think so,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when asked if he thinks the deal will get done today. “I’d be disappointed like 330 million people in America if it didn’t get done today.”

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07/21/2011 - 9:19am
Sox still eyeing long-term deal for Ellsbury

Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show with John Dennis and Dale Arnold, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein confirmed that the organization has previously attempted to sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a multi-year extension, and hope to still execute such a deal in the future.

"Yeah, I think with all our young players that we see as core members of the organization that's something that we're interested in, and we certainly see Jacoby as that," said Epstein when asked if he had talked to, or planned on talking to, Ellsbury about a long-term deal.

"This isn't the right forum to talk about it. Those conversations are always behind closed doors. But I guess it's not a secret we sat down and tried in the past to do that, lock Jacoby up, and I hope we'll sit down in the future again and try to do it once more at the appropriate time. He's somebody we've long believed...

07/21/2011 - 8:59am
Theo: Healthy Buchholz best 'acquisition'

Speaking while appearing on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis and Dale Arnold, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein touched on a variety of subjects as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, including the importance of getting pitcher Clay Buchholz back from his back injury.

 

"There's nobody we can go out and acquire who is going to take the place of Clay Buchholz," Epstein said. "If you ask me what player do I want out there on this club in all of baseball, if I could name one guy to acquire for this team, it would be just a healthy Clay Buchholz and I think we're going to have that.

"It's been a slower process than anybody has wanted, especially Clay, but he is getting better. We've had three opinions on it now and everybody feels it's just a matter of time and we're going to be have to really patient with it so we can let the...

07/21/2011 - 8:34am
West's agent: Celtics his No. 1 destination

While Delonte West is leaving the door open for a possible stint overseas, the Celtics remain his No. 1 option as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, West's agent Jarinn Akana told ESPN.com.

"Delonte was drafted by Boston, and he has a special place for Boston because of that," Akana told Chris Forsberg. "He spent some good years there, then came back last year and was able to play, but had injuries here and there. He did contribute, but he wanted to contribute more and help Boston advance further. Of course he'd like to be back. I think that's his No. 1 goal to be back and help Boston win another championship."

West missed the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season due to suspension, played a handful of games, missed the next 39 after breaking his right wrist, played a trio of games, missed another eight after chipping a bone in his right ankle and then closed the season strong.

When all was said and done, West...

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