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07/01/2010 - 8:25pm
It's official: Sox get Cash back

The Red Sox announced that they have re-acquired catcher Kevin Cash from the Astros in exchange for infielder Angel Sanchez.

 

Cash was knuckleballer Tim Wakefield’s catcher for all of the 2008 season, and he also has experience catching Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett (as well as relievers such as Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima). With Wakefield slated to start on Friday, the Sox have dealt for a catcher with a proven comfort with their knuckleballer. The team had been planning to use Gustavo Molina (called up on Tuesday) for the start.

 

Cash was designated for assignment last week by the Astros, who wanted to clear a roster spot for top prospect Jason Castro. He was hitting .204 with a .271 OBP, .333 slugging mark and .605 OPS in 20 games for Houston this...

07/01/2010 - 6:49pm
Chiarelli: 'A quiet day all in all'
By: DJ Bean

Speaking on a conference call following the re-signing of left-wing Daniel Paille, Bruins general manager reflected on what proved to be a predictably slow first day of free agency given the fact that the club now has the highest payroll in the league.

 

“We were relatively quiet," Chiarelli said. "We talked to a couple of agents. We talked to a couple GMs. We went into this period expecting to be quiet. We felt we added to the forward group with Nathan Horton and young Seguin, who will at some point be in our group. A quiet day all in all.” 

 

As for whether moves are still to be made, Chiarelli didn't rule it out talks with agents and teams potentially picking back up. 

 

“I would think so, I said looking at this period that we  would look at some trades and we still would. You let the market shake out a bit and pick up those conversations again and...

07/01/2010 - 4:19pm
Delcarmen headed to DL with forearm strain

According to a source familiar with the situation the Red Sox will place relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Delcarmen has allowed nine runs over his last three appearances -- which have totaled just one inning -- giving up nine hits and two walks. Two of the right-hander's last three outings has seen him not retire a batter. Delcarmen is coming off an outing against Tampa Wednesday in which he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk while not getting an out. He has a 2-2 mark with a 4.59 ERA in 33 appearances.


07/01/2010 - 3:45pm
Gammons: Disagreement in Ellsbury situation
By: DJ Bean

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons touched on multiple topics surrounding the Red Sox Thursday afternoon. Given the recent struggles in the bullpen, Gammons noted that both the Red Sox and Yankees could look to the trade market in an effort to add relievers. 

 

"My guess is [that the Red Sox'] first choice is [Michael] Bowden, and then scouring waiver wires," Gammons said. "Do you take a [Chad] Qualls from Arizona, who still has good stuff, can't close, but he's got good stuff. Do you take him on? He's got a pretty good contract. I don't know if you want to waste that money before the trading deadline. I think you'll see a scramble of about 10 underachieving middle relievers get traded after the All-Star break. ... It's a serious issue for them."

 

Gammons suggested that Cleveland's Kerry Wood, who has a 6.62 ERA in 20 appearances this season,...

07/01/2010 - 2:13pm
Barry: Pierce and Allen have 'mileage'

ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday on the first day of the free-agency period in the NBA and discussed the Celtics’ two biggest free agents, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. He said that both players have some “mileage” on them and that although Boston wants to bring the pair back, it should be cautious before jumping in and signing both.

 

“I know Boston’s a great organization, and I know they want these two guys back,” Barry said. “They’d love to make a run with the same team and see if they can do it again. But you have to use your head and decide whether these guys can get you back to that level.”

 

Barry also dished on who he thinks has the best shot at LeBron James—he says the Bulls—and just how bad it would be for Cleveland if it lost its King.

 

“They’ll win no more than 28, maybe 30,”...

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