The Red Sox announced that they were declining their contract options on two right-handed relievers, Dan Wheeler and Scott Atchsion.
Wheeler, 33, is now a free agent. He went 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.115 WHIP, along with 7.1 strikeouts and 1.5 walks per nine innings. While he struggled early, he was one of the Sox' most effective relievers from mid-May through early-September, with a 1.53 ERA over a span of more than three months. However, a forearm injury (from which Wheeler has now recovered) in September prevented him from being an effective contributor down the stretch, as the Sox' bullpen collapsed.
Wheeler is a Type B free agent, meaning that if the Sox offer him salary arbitration and he declines in order to sign with another team, the Sox would be in line for a draft pick in the sandwich round. That status likely played into the Sox' decision to decline his option.
Atchison, meanwhile, spent the year shuttling between Boston and...
Boston College sophomore running back Rolandan Finch was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his play in Saturday's 28-17 victory over Maryland. Finch rushed 39 times for 243 yards, the most by an ACC player this season. He also scored two touchdowns.
Finch's 243-yard performance ranks third in BC history, behind on Montel Harris' 264 yards vs. NC State in 2009 and Phil Bennett's 259 yards vs. Temple in 1972.
BC (2-6, 1-4 ACC) returns to action Thursday night with a game against Florida State (5-3, 3-2) at Alumni Stadium.
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WILMINGTON -- With the Bruins sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference and coming off three straight losses, there has been speculation regarding what moves can be made to improve the defending Stanley Cup champions. General manager Peter Chiarelli reportedly has been working the phones, and the possibility exists that the team could call up a player from Providence.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who led the team with 30 goals last season, said after Monday's practice that he doesn't feel change to the roster is needed.
"I think we've proven that this group works. If you look into it too much, you can almost go [crazy] if you read into it or look into it too much," he said. "This group works, and the only way we're going to start working again is if we start playing like a group again. I think that's our biggest challenge right now.
"We need everyone going at the same time and everyone being on the same...
Patriots receiver Deion Branch stopped by for a visit with Mut & Merloni at Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday and talked about Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Steelers.
The Steelers played more man defense than many people expected, but Branch isn't one of those people.
"I wouldn't say it was a surprise, no. They did what they were expected to do," he said. "There were some times that they played man in the past and did some different things.
"Obviously, we just didn't match the intensity of the game. Just overall, their guys came out with a lot of energy, and we didn't do the same thing. We didn't match the energy at all. As an offense, we didn't take control of the game like we normally would. Getting off the field, three-and-outs, we had a bunch of three-and-outs. A lot of flags. And it seems like I'm talking about the same thing every week. But it is what it is. That's what we're doing. We're killing...
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to analyze Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Steelers.
"We were never in a rhythm," Brady said. "But that takes running good plays. If we don't convert on third down -- we had three plays in the first quarter of the game. You're not going to do anything running three plays. That's our fault for not converting a third down. We had an opportunity to complement our defense and match a score by them, and we didn't do it.
"The second drive of the game we were moving the ball decently. And then we squandered away a decent opportunity on the plus side of the field and didn't get anything out of that. Then we got the touchdown. They we had a two-minute drive where we kicked a field goal.
"We were just not playing our style of football. We played against a team that is a very physical team, that's a tough team that plays well...
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
We check in with safety Patrick Chung for a brief visit on Patriots Monday and discuss the win over Houston, and the upcoming game against the Bills.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
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.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
The guys continued to pick through Trump's performance in the debate and Kirk discussed a new Hollywood divorce in Headlines.
An angry female caller got Ordway rattled to the point where he starts complaining about an LA bar that only lets beautiful people inside. Unfortunately for Glenn (and most of the WEEI staff, really), he doesn't think they'd let him in.
Glenn, Lou and Christian kick off the show talking about last night's presidential debate, and how poorly Donald Trump looked during it.
In their first game since the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon hit a lead off home run -- his first home run of the season. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the tragic news and the emotion surrounding that game last night.
We sit down with the head coach of the Patriots Bill Belichick to break down the win over Houston, and look ahead to the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Lucy, Ken and Curtis are back for episode four after the Monday edition was spiked by station management for "an unfathomable screw up". The new, careful edition discusses the John Tomase appearance and Curtis' trip to meet Jim from The Office with Kirk.
Thomas and Conor give a breakdown of the BC-Wagner game this weekend and look forward to next week's Buffalo game.
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