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08/16/2010 - 11:08pm
Red Sox sign Ranaudo for $2.55M

The Red Sox signed supplemental first-round pick (No. 39 overall) Anthony Ranaudo to a $2.55 million deal just before the midnight deadline to strike deals with 2010 selections. Until the final minutes leading up to midnigh, Ranaudo had been prepared to return to Louisiana State University.

 

 

According to one source, the Sox had “no clue” about whether they would be able to convince Ranaudo to turn pro until just before midnight. But in the end, the team did just that with a pitcher who entered the 2010 season viewed as potentially the top available college pitcher, but whose stock slipped due to injury and poor performance.

 

Ranaudo, who is represented by Scott Boras, proved that he was healthy again with a dominant performance in the summer Cape League, thus convincing the Sox that he was worthy of a bonus in line with one of the top...

08/16/2010 - 6:44pm
Bill Lee to start for Brockton Rox

Bill Lee, 63, signed a deal with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League Monday and will pitch in the team's final game of its schedule, Sept. 5 against the Worcester Tornadoes in Brockton. According the Associated Press, Lee, who still owns the Red Sox franchise record for games pitched by a left-hander (321), pitches more than 200 innings per year in over-40 men's leagues in New England and Atlantic Canada. Lee pitched for the Red Sox from 1969-78 before being traded to Montreal in '79. He last pitched in 1982, at the age of 35, appearing in seven games for the Expos. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 

To listen to Lee talk about his decision to sign with the Rox listen to his interview on the Planet Mikey Show by clicking here.


08/16/2010 - 6:33pm
Iglesias will return to Portland Tuesday

Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias will be returned to Double-A Portland after spending his last 13 games with Single-A Lowell, rehabbing from an occult fracture of his right index finger. During his time with the short-season Spinners, Iglesias hit .350 with a .458 on-base percentage. Prior to his injury, the 20-year-old was hitting .306 while with the Sea Dogs. While he spent some of his time serving as Lowell's designated hitter, Iglesias is scheduled to play shortstop Tuesday at Hadlock Field against Altoona. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/16/2010 - 5:29pm
Dungy: 'I wouldn't hire' Rex Ryan

Former Colts coach and current NBC pregame analyst Tony Dungy was critical of Jets coach Rex Ryan during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Radio Show on Monday.

 

The excessive vulgarity used by Ryan on HBO's "Hard Knocks" program was too much for Dungy, who told Patrick that he would not consider Ryan a candidate if he were in a position to hire a head coach.

 

"I would not. I personally don't want my players to be around that. I don't want to be around that," Dungy said. "It's hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn't hire someone like that.

 

"Now, I've been around 'F' bombs, so it's not like it's new. But I just don't think that has to be part of your every minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across."

 

Dungy, a devout evangelical Christian, also feels that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should speak to...

08/16/2010 - 5:19pm
Red Sox sign fourth-rounder Cecchini
By: DJ Bean

Garin Cecchini informed WEEI.com that he will be signing with the Red Sox for $1.31 million, a step down from his initial signing bonus demands that scared other teams away, but still a sizable investment. A fourth-round pick, Cecchini was considered a top player in the draft before tearing his ACL in March. Cecchini played shortstop in high school but is expected to be a third baseman in the Red Sox organization.

 

Cecchini is considered a toolsy infielder with what Garye LaFevers, his Team USA coach, calls a "selectively aggressive" approach at the plate. The 19-year-old also is considered to be capable of having an impact on the basepaths, as he has run a 6.37 60-yard dash and stole 55 bases as a high school junior at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La. 

 

Upon reaching the agreement with the Red Sox, Cecchini decided to donate $20,000 to the Jimmy Fund.

 

"I've been blessed and...

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