The Red Sox and Mariners are close to an agreement that would send first baseman Casey Kotchman to the Mariners in exchange for a minor-league player to be named later, a major-league role player (reportedly Bill Hall) and cash, according to a baseball source. The deal is not yet finalized. News of the general agreement was first reported by ESPN.com.
Kotchman, who is eligible for salary arbitration after having earned $2.885 million in 2009, became expendable with the Sox' acquisition of free agent Adrian Beltre. Though the Sox had spent part of the offseason suggesting that the 26-year-old Kotchman could be their starting first baseman, Beltre's signing will allow the Sox to keep Kevin Youkilis at first base.
Kotchman, acquired by the Sox last year at the trade deadline in...
FOXBORO -- Patriots veteran running back Fred Taylor didn't hide his feelings about Julian Edelman, the player who likely will replace the injured Wes Welker in the Patriots offense. "We're all confident in Julian," Taylor said Tuesday. "Right now, he has an opportunity to make something happen and we're depending on him a whole lot." Edelman is the most likely slot receiver candidate with Welker out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees was back at work on Tuesday after leaving Sunday's game in the second half with shortness of breath. He returned to New England on Monday after being held in Houston for observation. "Actually, I asked him how he was doing he was doing fine," Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren said on Tuesday. The Patriots held meetings on Tuesday to begin preparations for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the opening round of the AFC playoffs. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed that Jacoby Ellsbury will play left field for the Red Sox in 2010 and two-time Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron will play center field. The news was first reported by The Providence Journal.
Cameron, who signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the Sox last month, has played only center field since the 2005 season, when he and Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran had a frightful collision while Cameron was in right field. Cameron made clear that he was more than happy to play any outfield position for the Red Sox, but Francona, in concert with bench coach DeMarlo Hale and general manager Theo Epstein, decided that having Ellsbury in left, Cameron in center and J.D. Drew in right made for the optimal defensive lineup.
"With [Cameron's] long strides and him being a center fielder, and Jacoby's...
Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce both practiced with the Celtics Tuesday afternoon and both seem likely to play Wednesday against Miami, although the team will wait to see how their bodies react to the workout. Rondo missed Saturday's game with a sore hamstring, while Pierce has been out since Christmas after knee surgery and an infection. Pierce wants to see if he has any swelling in his knee after the workout. Rondo left without talking to reporters.
"They looked all right," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after practice. "Paul looked good, Rondo you really couldn't tell. He didn't do much. We'll see tomorrow. I think he's going to go but I wouldn't write that down in pen."
Go to the Green Street blog for the full update from Tuesday's practice.
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
LB gives his thoughts on the Bruins
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed Dennis Rodman's bizarre comments to ESPN over the weekend.
The guys opened the show by discussing the True Detective finale last night on HBO. All in all the guys were happy with the ending.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
Mut and Lou discuss the latest tweets from John Henry and whether or not Giancarlo Stanton is a good fit for the Red Sox.
LB joins the show for some Bruins talk.
Dale Arnold and MIchael Holley discuss the start of free agency, the plethora of names out there, and what the Patriots will ultimately decide to do.
Dale and Micheal discuss the Sox line-up, how it's not the same without Ellsbury to kick it off, and who will replace Ells in that lead-off spot.
We knock out the hottest topics of the day on the blitz. Today featuring Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe and Christopher Price of WEEI.com
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
In 2013, Xander Bogaerts reached the big leagues in August and had a transformative impact on the Red Sox' pursuit of a World Series. Bogaerts discusses how that development, in turn, proved transformative for his life on and off the field. Looking ahead, Garin Cecchini might be the prospect most likely to have a Bogaerts-like impact on the Red Sox' fortunes in 2014. The third base prospect joins the podcast to discuss his player development and outlook for the coming season.More from this show
The three man booth breaks down all the rumors, possibilities, trade scenarios, signings and more, and takes your calls about it all.More from this show