Right-handed pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman, whom the Red Sox selected in the first two rounds of June's MLB draft and were signed prior to Monday night's deadline, will report to Single A Lowell but will not pitch.
An elite arm with a massive 6-foot-7 frame, Ranaudo entered his junior season at LSU as one of the country's top pitchers. From there, elbow issues, inconsistency, and representation by Scott Boras led to his slide to the 39th overall pick. Whether or not the Red Sox would come to terms with the righty served as a popular storyline throughout a summer in which he went 3-0 with a 0.00 earned run average over 29 1/3 innings for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League. The two sides agreed to a deal worth $2.55 million prior to the 11.59 p.m. deadline Monday night.
Workman, who played his college ball at the University of Texas, utilized his low-to-mid nineties fastball...
Following is the press release just sent out by the MLBPA regarding Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who was recently placed on the disqualified list after injuring himself in a fight with his father-in-law.
Today, the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the New York Mets and the Commissioner's Office challenging yesterday's actions taken against relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez. The grievance challenges both Francisco's placement on the Disqualified List and the conversion of his contract to non-guaranteed status.
Because the grievance alleges material breaches of Francisco's contract (including non-payment of salary), the Basic Agreement requires that the matter be processed expeditiously. No hearing date has been set.
The Patriots and wide receiver Torry Holt have decided to go their separate ways. According to multiple reports, New England has reached an injury settlement with the veteran, which allows Holt to essentially become a free agent. The Patriots placed Holt, who signed with the franchise in the offseason, on injured reserve with a knee injury late last week. He will undergo surgery for the unspecified injury this week, and is now free to join another team later in the season if he chooses. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/Patriots.
ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Wednesday, and in addition to commending the Red Sox for their development of "two No. 1 starters" in Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, indicated that though it's a "long shot," the Red Sox could still position themselves to make the playoffs.
"I would be very concerned if I were the Yankees," Ricciardi said. "That club is really starting to look old to me, and I think that the next five or six weeks we've got left is really going to be crucial on the Yankees more than anything. The Red Sox know which spot they're in. They know they just have to go out and play well. The Yankees are actually looking at, 'Hey we're in the playoffs right now. We can't let this slip away.' "
The Red Sox are currently six games behind New York with 42 games left to play. For more on the Red Sox, visit the WEEI.com Red Sox team page at...
Jacoby Ellsbury gave a 17-second statement on his latest rib injury that landed him on the disabled list for the third time this season, stopping short of declaring his 2010 season over.
"It's a broken rib in the back, broken in the exact same place as I broke it before. Basically, when I come back, I'll be stronger than ever when I do come back.
Asked if he was done playing for the year, Ellsbury said, "We're not sure yet."
Ellsbury saw orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday in Southern California and Yocum spoke with Red Sox manager Terry Francona this morning advising Francona and the team that there is no way of telling when exactly he suffered the injury that was diagnosed over the weekend and re-examined on Tuesday.
For more from Francona and the audio clip of Ellsbury, visit the...
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Darrelle Revis' comments on his contract offer from the Patriots.
The guys opened the show by discussing the rumored profanity laced tirade by Bill Belichick.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the show to talk about the struggling Bruins, the play of Zdeno Chara, and the future of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York joined the show to talk about the ongoing tampering scandals between the Jets and the Patriots.
Christian does not impress the high school girls hockey team.
Dale and Michael discuss the collective egg laid by the Celtics against the Heat, and how the Bruins turnaround better begin tonight if they want it to begin at all.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound and more...
We discuss Shane Victorino's call-out of another local radio show, and debate the merits of Victorino's claims.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon preview this year’s NCAA regionals and take a look at the chances for each of the Boston-area teams in the field. They also discuss BU’s Jack Eichel, Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey and the Hobey Baker Award.
Schefter joined us live from the owners meetings.More from this show