FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitcher Alan Embree signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Saturday that calls for him to make a $500,000 salary if he is added to the major league roster. His deal includes an opt-out if he is not added to the major league roster by April 15.
"I haven't had a spring training. Let's not be silly about this and go and jump into it," said Embree. "If I am ready [at the start of the season], so be it. If I'm not, we have a little bit of a grace period."
Embree had a 5.84 ERA for the Rockies last year. He did not pitch in a big league game after his right tibia was broken by a line drive on July 10, but he rehabbed and was able to pitch in Fall Instructional League.
"I felt really strong at the end of the season coming back from the injury," he said. "I felt like I had a lot left in the tank."
Embree had been...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three against the Orioles' split squad team. Wakefield needed just 65 pitches to sail through his outing, and so he went to the bullpen and logged an additional 25 pitches while trying to simulate two more innings after leaving the game.
Wakefield largely was pleased with his fastball and curveball. As for his signature pitch, he suggeted that he was able to throw strikes while still generating his signature movement. He also moved well on the field on plays when he had to cover first. He has answered virtually every question about his physical condition this spring, to the point where the 43-year-old declared that he is "absolutely" planning on opening the season in the rotation.
"I feel like I’m ready," he said. "I knew I was ready when I went...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who ranks seventh in the American League with 56 homers over the last two seasons, hit his first home run in Grapefruit League action on Saturday. Youkilis jumped on a 1-0 offering from Orioles starter Chris Tillman, hammering it down the left field line.
While Youkilis has been one of the more prolific home run hitters in the American League over the last two years, he is not always perceived as such. Thogh he has a higher OPS than other first baseman such as Mark Teixeira and Justin Morneau, he is not often thought of as a slugger in the same vein as those colleagues. Yet Saturday's homer offered a reminder that his exclusion from such a group might be a mistake.
“He might be a little different animal than a lot of other teams have hitting fourth, but I’ll take him over anybody else,” said Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. “He gives...
The blog Faded Youth has some pictures of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady working out at a gym in Beverly Hills on Friday, going through what appears to be some sort of boxing regimen. This is the second series of pics that have been snapped of Brady working out on the West Coast while the Patriots’ offseason conditioning program continues in Foxboro — the paparazzi caught him tossing passes at UCLA a few days ago with his dog, Lua. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
The Red Sox have signed lefty reliever Alan Embree to a minor league deal with an invitation to the team's major league spring training camp. The 40-year-old spent 2009 with Colorado, going 2-2 with a 5.84 ERA in 36 relief appearances before having his season cut short when a batted ball fractured his right tibia on July 10. Embree last pitched for the Red Sox in 2005, having joined the organization in '02. During his stint with Boston Embree went 8-9 with four saves and a 4.69 ERA in 211 relief appearances, allowing earned runs in just one of his 19 post season games with the Red Sox. He was also on the mound for the final out of Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series in Yankee Stadium. Since leaving the Sox Embree has pitched for the Yankees ('05), Athletics ('07-08), and Rockies. He is ninth all-time among Major League left-handers and second among active lefties with 878 career relief outings.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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