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11/26/2012 - 10:40pm
Red Sox, Royals discussed Lester deal

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have discussed a deal that would include sending Jon Lester to Kansas City, with the Royals' top prospect, outfielder Wil Myers, potentially going to Boston. Also discussed was the possibility of sending outfield help to the Royals, with pitching going back to the Sox. Any such deal wasn't classified as being close, with the Royals also looking into acquiring Tampa Bay starter James Shields in a separate package of players.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star was first to report the talks.

The 22-year-old Myers is one of the most coveted minor leaguers in baseball, having come off a 2012 season in which he hit a combined .317 with a .987 and 37 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder -- who has played the majority of his time in center field -- was drafted out of Wesylan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Kansas...

11/26/2012 - 9:26pm
Sox outright De Jesus to minors

The Red Sox announced that infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the minors. The 25-year-old, who is out of options, was designated for assignment last week in order to create a spot on the 40-man roster for players being protected from the Rule 5 draft.

Acquired in the blockbuster August trade with the Dodgers, De Jesus Jr., who profiles as a potential big league utility player, hit .304/.343/.416/.759 in the minors this year and .220/.267/.293/.559 (including an 0-for-8 cup of coffee with the Sox in September) in the big leagues. He is currently playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

De Jesus, right-hander Sandy Rosario and right-hander David Carpenter all signed split minor-league/major-league contracts with the Sox last week. However, while De Jesus has cleared waivers and thus will remain with the Sox under the terms of that contract, it remains to be seen what happens with Carpenter and Rosario who, like...

11/26/2012 - 8:44pm
Belichick: Cunningham news 'unfortunate'
By: DJ Bean

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered little comment on the news that the league had suspended defensive end Jermaine Cunningham for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 

"It's unfortunate," Belichick said, "but it's a league discipline, so we don't really have any control over it or say in it." 

The suspension will keep Cunningham, 24, out for the next four games. According to The Boston Globe, Cunningham's failed test was caused by his use of Adderall. The third-year player out of Florida has 23 tackles (15 solo) and 2.5 sacks this season. 

For more on the Patriots, visit weei.com/patriots


11/26/2012 - 6:51pm
Update: Mediator dismissed from NHL case
By: DJ Bean

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to involve U.S. federal mediators in their ongoing labor dispute. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen made the announcement on Monday, saying he has assigned Scot L. Beckenbaugh, John Sweeney and Guy Serota to serve as mediators. 

Said Cohen: 

“I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the course of their negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our auspices. I have assigned Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Director of Mediation Services John Sweeney, and Commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.”  

“Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with...

11/26/2012 - 6:11pm
Brentz named Ariz. Fall League top prospect
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz has been named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team. The team is voted on by the league's managers and coaches. 

Brentz, an outfielder who was drafted by the Sox in the first round of the 2010 and spent the vast majority of last season with Double-A Portland (he played five games for Triple-A Pawtucket), was named to the team as a designated hitter. Playing for the Surprise Saguaros of the AFL, Brentz hit .297/.366/.438 with two homers and and 11 runs batted in. 

In 122 games for the Seadogs last season, Brentz hit .296/.355/.478 with 17 homers and 76 RBI. 

Said a pro scout following Brentz' performance in the Arizona Fall League: Scout: “He’s pretty much the same guy I’ve seen before. He has some life in his...

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