Speaking on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that while there is no certainty newly-acquired reliever Mark Melancon would be the team's closer, there is a possibility he could slide into that role.
"We believe he is definitely capable of closing and capable of pitching in the ninth inning," Cherington said of the 26-year-old righty. "Those are questions that [Red Sox manager] Bobby [Valentine], with help from his pitching coach in spring training, will answer and figure out the right roles for everyone."
Cherington talked about the impetus for trading pitcher Kyle Weiland and infielder Jed Lowrie for Melancon, who saved 20 games for the Astros after taking over the closers role in May.
"We really liked his stuff, and had liked his stuff back to his college days at Arizona," Cherington said. "We feel like the second half of the...
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a conference call to discuss his recent roster moves, suggested that in the aftermath of signing backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, he is still hopeful that the team can continue its relationship with career-long Red Sox Jason Varitek. While the way in which that relationship might continue is somewhat unclear in the absence of a defined role for Varitek, Cherington said that he would continue dialogue with both the longtime team captain and his agent, Scott Boras.
"As far as Tek is concerned, we have incredible respect for Tek. I have incredible respect on a personal level. We, as an organization including ownership, have incredible respect for him and the contributions he's made," said Cherington. "Our hope is that Tek will always be a part of the Red Sox in some way. As far as what that means immediately, what we want to do is keep talking to Tek and not discuss that in a public forum, but...
Suspended Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh continues his parade of arrogant and obnoxious behavior. After rejoining his team Wednesday for the first time after his two-week suspension for stomping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, Suh was defiant in an interview with the media on hand, insisting he won't change his game and that the focus is on the team, not him.
Asked if he's concerned about all the negative press he's been getting, he said: "It's not going to make me cry at night."
Meanwhile, during his weekly interview with Detroit radio station 97.1 The Ticket, Suh took exception to the hosts asking about his behavior on and off the field -- including his car accident in Oregon last week -- and abruptly ended the interview.
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According to multiple reports, the Red Sox did not make a bid on star pitcher Yu Darvish, the 25-year-old ace of the Nippon Ham Fighters. The opportunity to place a bid for a posting fee ended on Wednesday afternoon, and according to the reports, the Sox -- consistent with their claims that they would not devote significant long-term resources to a starting pitcher this year -- were not among the team that placed a bid for the right to negotiate with Darvish.
"I’m not sure the timing of this offseason puts us in a position to be the most aggressive team. But he’s a good pitcher, and we have a lot of respect for him. We’ll certainly discuss it and figure out if a post makes sense," Sox GM Ben Cherington said last week. "We’ve got a lot of commitment to the starting rotation, as you guys know, and we feel pretty good about the front end of our rotation. If a team is going to be posting and trying to sign...
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox will name Rick Jameyson as their head trainer, replacing Mike Reinold, who will be reassigned with the organization. Reinold will focus on rehab work, while the 41-year-old Jameyson will handle the day-to-day training duties, a role he had been filling with the Cleveland Indians.
Jameyson had been in the Indians' organization since graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1992, having been with the big league club for the past 10 seasons as both the assistant and head trainer.
Reinold, who joined the Red Sox organization in 2006, had been serving as the team's head trainer since 2010, having taken over for Paul Lessard. Prior to his promotion he had served as the Sox' assistant trainer and rehab coordinator.
It is the latest move in a series of shake-ups in the Red Sox' medical and conditioning staffs since the conclusion of the 2011 season, with the team firing strength...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.