According to a major league source, the Red Sox have yet to make a contract offer to free agent catcher Jason Varitek.
Varitek's future with the Red Sox was put in doubt Tuesday when the team signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year, $1.35 million deal (which, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, could reach as $1.75 million with incentives). With the presence of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, rookie Ryan Lavarnway, and Shoppach, the Sox' catching position would appear to be set, although a source said that the team and Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, would continue to talk about a potential fit.
The 39-year-old Varitek, who was not offered arbitration by the Red Sox, played in 68 games in 2011, hitting .221 with a .723 OPS. He has played his entire major league career with the Red Sox, having been dealt from the Seattle organization in 1997.
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Responding to a call from his coach to be a "good brat," not a "bad brat," Brad Marchand scored twice off faceoff wins from Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask stopped all 41 shots, as the Bruins won their first game without captain Zdeno Chara, 3-0, over the Kings Tuesday night at TD Garden. It was Rask's ninth career shutout and first this season. He was outstanding in the third, stopping 20 shots, three more than he had to save in his last shutout last March 1 at Ottawa.
For Marchand, it was a positive response to his $2,500 fine on Monday for slewfooting Matt Niskanen of the Penguins on Dec. 5 in Pittsburgh, a move that prompted coach Claude Julien to say Tuesday morning that he wanted to see the "good brat" style of play. The Bruins winger scored his first goal of the month and his first since Nov. 30, a stretch of five games.
Steve Kampfer was called upon to fill the roster spot of Chara, who suffered a...
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was a guest of Mut and Merloni on Tuesday. The Boston Herald had a report Tuesday that detailed an incident between Games 2 and 3 of the Miami series last season that included Rondo using harsh language and then throwing a bottle at a screen during a team video session.
"It was a heated meeting, obviously a lot of emotion inside the locker room," Rondo said. "We all wanted to win, we were down 0-2. Just, some things happened in those last 10 minutes of the meeting. We’re here now, though."
Rondo has been the subject of much trade talk recently, with an anonymous NBA GM telling the Herald in the same report that Danny Ainge has "offered [Rondo] around the league."
"I haven’t talked to them at all about the trade," Rondo said. "I...
WALTHAM -- With training camps opening around the league and roster uncertainty tearing apart would-be trades of superstars, several veterans on the Celtics echoed a sentiment among many in the NBA that the league is rushing its players toward the start of the season.
"I feel very rushed," Ray Allen said at the team's media day on Tuesday. "I can't say I've been particularly happy with the way things have transpired over the last two or three weeks but I think everybody is in the situation where we just have to do the best with what we have and we have to adjust to the situation at hand and it's a challenge for all of us and we're all going through it.
"There's nothing more you can do about it but prepare yourself physically and mentally. Young guys, carry them along with us. For the veteran guys, we have to be ready for difficulties and great challenges."
Captain Paul Pierce pointed toward the league's...
Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since his sideline spat with quarterback Tom Brady, and said both of them are over it and have moved in to concentrate on this week’s opponent, the Broncos.
“I heard from my mom, [to] watch my language,” he said with a laugh. “It (was) just two competitive guys that want the best for the team. We’ve moved on to Denver and are getting ready for Denver now.”
Asked about the exchange, O’Brien talked about communication between players and coaches.
“When you walk in the door here and you work with Bill Belichick, you’re going to learn how to coach and you’re going to learn how to play,” he said. “That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on here, both coaches and players looking to improve every day and communicate with each other day. Sometimes communication...
Chris Price joins Chris Villani to talk about the Patriots and Ravens upcoming Monday Night Football game and the rivalry between the two teams.
Patriots DB Devin McCourty tells Glenn, Lou, and Christian that Baltimore is always a tough matchup, he talks about how they don't fear playing at Gillette, and he's not concerned with the Reporters' question that seemed to irk Dont'a Hightower .
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Rob Bradford joins Chris Villani to talk about the story he reported on last night, which sources are claiming President-Elect Donald Trump is considering former Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine for United States Ambassador to Japan.
Mut and Tomase are joined by Rob Bradford to talk about just how the Red Sox were able to pull off this trade. Rob's sit down with Dave Dombrowski helps to reveal the timeline of the mega deal.
Mut and John Tomase open the Hot Stove show debating the blockbuster Chris Sale trade. Tomase argues that you can like the trade, but dislike Dombrowski for gutting the Red Sox farm system.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Mut ranks all 23 Dino Casting Couch members and Gary Tanguay posts another velfie on the Celtics and Kirk.
Mut defends himself in voting for Trump despite Alex Reimer's claim that he only voted for him because he goes along with whatever Gerry said. Damien Woody joins the guys for his second Friday interview.
Damien Woody praises Tom Brady's work ethic and thinks he can play three or four more seasons. Woody thinks Brady pushed the limits on Deflategate but it didn't play a role in the Patriots beating the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship game.
No One is safe from OMF's Whiner Line.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Dont'a Hightower's forceful response to a question about the "Improving" Patriots Defense.
We check in with the playmaker for his weekly visit on the Dale, Holley and Keefe show.
Dale and Rich disagree again on this one... is LG a product of the system here or is he one of the NFL's best runningbacks?
Dale and Rich Keefe speak to Peter King about Patriots/Ravens and several other NFL topics.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Mike Mutnansky returned to his K&C family after a short hiatus, full of spirit and some hate, and impressed on a Patriots Friday showing. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis (with Intern Kyle) have the audio rundown
K&C Producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back at it after Thursday's non-Casting Couch show to discuss the day's program and deliver the day's best soundbytes.
Mike Lombardi thinks the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick next season. Mick Jagger will be a father to his eighth child at age 73 and the most overpaid actors and actresses in Headlines. The guys discuss Mut's internal struggle as to whether or not he should have a vasectomy.More from this show
Gerry was shocked that Ken Laird took his wife to see Hateful Eight. Bradford checked in from the WInter Meetings.More from this show