According to SI.com, the Mets have offered free agent outfielder Jason Bay a five-year deal, at a slightly lower annual average than was in their initial offer of four years and between $60-$65 million. It is also reported that the Mets have rekindled their interest in free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. Bay has been looking for a deal beyond the four years offered by the Red Sox, with one major league source telling WEEI.com Saturday that one team had extended beyond the four years prior to the Mets' most recent offer.
PGA Tour golfer and Rhode Island resident Brad Faxon checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Tiger Woods situation. Asked when Woods might return to golf, Faxon said, "I hope sooner rather than later," adding, "If I was a betting man, I would say [a tournament near Woods' home] in Orlando." Faxon said he expects Woods will be back in time for The Masters in early April.
Added Faxon: "For him to get back on the course without getting shellacked by everybody, he needs to do something on one of the television shows [where he makes a public admission and/or apology]. If I was advising him, I would do it sooner rather than later."
Regarding recent reports that a doctor who has treated Woods is under investigation for possessing performance-enhancing drugs, Faxon said: "There's no way [Woods' handler] is going to let Tiger take any of these...
The Red Sox have planned a pair of press conferences to introduce their newest free-agent signees on Wednesday. The first will introduce outfielder Mike Cameron at 11:30 a.m. That will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by a press conference for right-handed pitcher John Lackey.
With their win over the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, the Patriots jumped up three spots in the WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings, going from No. 12 to No. 9. The Saints and Colts stayed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, with the Eagles climbing into the top five after residing in the seventh spot last week. For all the rankings go to the It Is What It Is Blog by clicking here.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the deal between the Red Sox and John Lackey was for five years and $87.5 million, or $17.5 million a year. If accurate, that average annual value (AAV) would be $1 million a year greater than the $16.5 million AAV that right-hander A.J. Burnett received from the Yankees with the five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed last offseason. (UPDATED: Olney later issued a correction that the deal was for five years and $82.5 million, the exact amount of Burnett's deal.)
Since GM Theo Epstein took over the club, the Sox have not signed a player to a contract of more than $70 million. That standard was set with the five-year, $70 million deal signed by outfielder J.D. Drew following the 2006 season.
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.
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.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
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.
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!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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