According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, both the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are talking to the Cleveland Indians about the possibility of a deal to net both catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez and pitcher Cliff Lee. According to Sherman, the Indians need to pare payroll for both this year and next, and dealing Lee (owed approx. $2 million this year with an $8 million option for 2010) and Martinez (owed roughly $2 million over the rest of this year with a $7 million option for 2010) could be a reaction to that mandate.
Sherman also suggests that the Red Sox are not yet willing to include pitcher Clay Buchholz in a potential deal.
P.J. Axelsson didn’t want to leave the Boston Bruins after 11 seasons with a hockey club that looked to be on an upswing heading into next season, but – with no offer in hand from the Black and Gold this summer – the longest-tenured member of the B’s has signed a four-year deal with his hometown Frolunda team in the Swedish Elite League. Axelsson’s agent Neil Abbott confirmed the signing to WEEI.com Monday morning, but said that there’s always the possibility of his client leaving Sweden after this coming hockey season for another NHL shot at the elusive Stanley Cup. “P.J. played here (in Boston) for 11 years. He has over 850 games as a Bruin and the next guy has about 250 or 260. His heart was (in Boston). He loved it here and he loved the Boston fans," said Neil Abbott, Axelsson's agent. "There wasn’t anything he enjoyed more than playing (in Boston), but once that wasn’t an...
Red Sox pitching prospect Junichi Tazawa will be promoted on Tuesday to Triple-A Pawtucket following a dominating run with Double-A Portland. Tazawa was 9-5 with a 2.57 ERA and 88 walks in 98 innings. He was named the starter for the World Team in the XM All-Star Futures Game, though rain following his pre-game warmup prevented Tazawa from actually being able to pitch in the game.The news was first reported by the Portland Press-Herald.
Tazawa is scheduled to make his PawSox debut on Tuesday in Buffalo. Tazawa was signed by the Red Sox this winter following a dominant career in a Japanese amateur industrial league. The Red Sox signed him to a three-year, $3.3 million major-league contract this past winter.
Red Sox starter John Smoltz admitted that his level of frustration has become extremely high over the course of his time with the Red Sox. On Sunday, he matched a season high by permitting six runs, something that he did in his last outing against Texas on July 20. This marks just the fourth time in his career that he has allowed six or more runs in consecutive outings, and the first since he did so in starts on July 15 and July 20, 1997.
Even so, Smoltz suggested that he has not given any thought to giving up in his comeback bid. The pitcher evaluated his stuff - a 92-93 mph fastball and very effective slider - and concluded that he has the tools to succeed.
"From what I’ve seen, my stuff is not done. My results might put me in a category where (people) are going to talk about it...I’m trying to stop the storylines, trying to stop the talk, because it’s an odd place to come in and try to be effective...
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
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.
Cherington sits in with Mut and Lou to talk about the Red Sox heading into 2014. Ben breaks down the signing of Edward Mujica and what’s on the table at this year’s meetings.
Rob Bradford joined the show and talked about the activity on day one of the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Rob told the guys the Sox are in a good spot and plan on waiting out the Stephen Drew market.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys talked about Kanye West's moronic comments comparing himself to a cop.
Millar sits in with the guys on location in Orlando at MLB's Winter Meetings. He covers all the bases with Mut and Lou on all the Red Sox free agent possibilities and potential trades.
Former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with Mut and Merloni about his decision to join the Miami Marlins after hitting free agency this winter. Jarrod also talks about his relationship with the Red Sox during his time in Boston.
Kurkjian joins Mut and Merloni at the Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox plans on the market. Tim believes the Red Sox are not satisfied with their situation in center and are looking to add a veteran outfielder to the mix.
We discuss the comers and goers for the Red Sox and the rest of MLB with former GM Steve Phillips, now of MLB Radio on Sirius XM.
Ho, hum. We're live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, and it seems like everything of merit was done last week. We still discuss the Sox roster moves and potential for 2014.
We tackle four topics at 4PM, today centered around sporting disasters.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. He discussed the new love between Evelyn Lozada and former Red Sox player Carl Crawford.More from this show