FOXBORO -- Miami Dolphins star linebacker Jason Taylor said he would consider the possibility of joining the Patriots for the 2010 season after his contract with the Dolphins ends after this season. "We'll see what happens at end of the year," Taylor said in a conference call with New England media on Wednesday. "We'll re-evaluate and keep an open mind." Taylor said he has always been very appreciative of the praise from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The 7-4 Patriots play Taylor and the 5-6 Dolphins in South Florida on Sunday afternoon. For more, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
On Tuesday, ESPN.com reported that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been approached by the Red Sox about whether he would be willing to play shortstop in 2010, moving from a position where he has won a Gold Glove. Pedroia, who was named NCAA Defensive Player of the Year as a shortstop in 2003, welcomed the move.
Red Sox Amateur Scouting Director Jason McLeod, who scouted Pedroia extensively at Arizona State, believes that Pedroia could handle the position. While McLeod had questions about whether Pedroia had the athleticism and range to handle shortstop as an amateur and during his minor-league career, the player's improvements in speed and conditioning since coming to the majors have left McLeod -- who was the Sox' Director of Scouting Administration when the team took Pedroia with its top pick (2nd round, 65th overall) of the 2004 draft -- convinced that he is equipped to handle the position.
The Red Sox have been active in exploring possible ways to fill out their infield, reaching out to a number of free agents to express varying degrees of interest. A pair of versatile players -- Mark DeRosa and Adam Kennedy -- have been among the group of players whom the Sox have contacted about coming to Boston.
DeRosa has been a starting second baseman in the past, but spent almost all of last year as a corner infielder and outfielder. Kennedy had been primarily a second baseman throughout his career, though he started 82 games at third base for the A's last year and 50 at second base. Still, he would be a possibility at second base if the Sox moved Dustin Pedroia to shortstop.
The Boston Herald (which first reported on the Sox' contact with Kennedy) has also reported that...
The Bruins' latest hot streak has paid off in both wins, and now an ascension in the latest WEEI.com Power Rankings, as they have gone from No. 16 to No. 10. As the rankings author points out, the B's have a better record (6-1-3) than the fourth-rated Sharks (6-2-2) over the last 10 games. For the complete list, go to the Big Bad Blog.
Tim Thomas was the first goalie to leave the ice during the Bruins' morning skate at TD Garden. That's usually a sign that he will be starting as the B's face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. The Bruins have an 11:15 press conference to announce a seven-year contract extension for center Marc Savard. Check back for details of the conference.
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.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
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.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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!