The contracts for seven members of the 2009 Red Sox included team options for 2010: Josh Beckett, Alex Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, Takashi Saito, Jason Varitek, Billy Wagner and Tim Wakefield. In most instances, the Red Sox have until five days after the World Series to decide whether to exercise those options. For player-by-player details of the status of the 2010 options, click here to read the Full Count blog.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman, offensive lineman Matt Light, running backs Sammy Morris Fred Taylor and defensive back Darius Butler were not present for the start of Patriots practice this afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Brian Hoyer, Isaiah Stanback, Derrick Burgess, Terrence Wheatley and Darryl Richard were all in black practice jerseys, signifying their status as practice players of the week. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
According to a Red Sox team spokesperson, the surgery on a herniated disc in Tim Wakefield's back was a success. The procedure was performed at Mass. General Hospital Wednesday morning. It is assumed that if the prognosis for Wakefield's recovery remains positive -- as was predicted heading into the operation -- the Red Sox would pick up the 43-year-old's $4 million option for the 2010 season.
“Wake is someone that is in our plans and we hope makes starts for us next year and is a member of the rotation,” said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein during a press conference the day after the conclusion of the Red Sox' season. “We haven’t sat down and finalized anything. Obviously we want to see how the surgery goes and then...
FOXBORO - A frustrated Adalius Thomas spoke for the first time since being a non-injury scratch on Sunday and said he was told of his inactive status by his position coach, not head coach Bill Belichick. "Yeah, I was surprised," Thomas said. "Ask Bill. He has all the answers." Thomas held court in front of his locker for over five minutes and was asked if Sunday's benching could motivate him. "This is not Kindergarten. I don't play mental games. I just do what I'm told. So, that's how things are. He just [says] who plays, he makes all the personnel decisions. I think you all probably want to huddle up with him and find out. When you all find out, I find out." For full coverage, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
Bruins coach Claude Julien termed rugged winger Shawn Thornton a "big question mark" and "very doubtful" for Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators with an undisclosed injury. Thornton skated on his own prior to the team's voluntary morning skate, and Julien held out hope that he would improve enough over the course of the day to suit up.
"We put him on the ice early this morning and he skated on his own this morning. He's very doubtful for tonight unless the trainers tell us that he's ready to go when he gets here tonight," said Julien. "That just goes to show you that he is a day-to-day player because morning to night-time he could actually improve that much. He could be available anytime."
For more info from today's practice, check in with the Big Bad Blog.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
The manager of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox joins Salk and Holley at Mohegan Sun. Farrell chats with Mike and Michael about all the hot stove moves including the departure of centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier examine all the off-season moves on the Hot Stove Show. Rob and Alex also catch up with Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan and ask him about the Rangers acquiring first baseman Prince Fielder.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier breakdown all the latest news from the MLB offseason. Rob and Alex also speak with Red Sox catcher David Ross and Mike Napoli's agent Brian Grieper.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.
Phil from Newton called in to express his undying love for John Dennis's broadcasting skills. He is only human.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.
Today’s topics include frustrating superstars, Boston-New York rivalries, tough losses and more.
Salk and Holley discuss the similarities and differences between Jacoby Ellsbury’s situation and Johnny Damon’s departure eight years ago. Mike and Michael analyze what the fan reaction could be when Ellsbury returns to Fenway in pinstripes.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats' win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.More from this show
The guys discuss the breaking story of Pierzynski agreeing to a deal with the Red Sox.More from this show