According to a baseball source, Jason Bay passed his physical with the Mets on Monday morning, the final step that stood between him and finalizing his four-year, $66 million contract that includes a vesting option for the 2014 season that could push the value of the deal to $80 million over five years. Part of the hang-up in the Red Sox' negotiations with Bay, according to multiple reports, were issues related to the slugger's knee (Bay underwent arthroscopic surgery after the 2006 season) and right shoulder (which required surgery in 2003).
As WEEI.com reported on Sunday, the deal between Bay and the Mets was reached on Christmas morning.
Texans safety Bernard Pollard told SI's Peter King that when Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker went down with a left knee injury in Sunday's New England-Houston game, he heard Welker scream the same way Tom Brady did when the quarterback suffered a knee injury in September 2008.
The former Kansas City defensive back was the player who hit Brady in 2008, causing the season-ending knee injury. On Sunday, he was the player closest to Welker when Welker's knee buckled awkwardly, causing the receiver to fall to the turf.
"I heard Wes yell out, the same way I heard Tom yell out,'' Pollard told King. "It was the same yell. It was terrible. He went down right in front of me. I saw his knee buckle, then I fell on him, and when he went down, I said, 'Just my luck.'"
Welker reportedly tore the MCL and ACL in his left knee.
The Patriots are in the playoffs as the third seed in the AFC, albeit a third seed that doesn't have Wes Welker. The team went 8-0 at home this year and is preparing to host a first-round game against the Ravens. Are the Patriots preparing for a long playoff run, or will they be one-and-done? Click here to vote.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about Wes Welker's devastating knee injury. "You can't replace him. There's no doubt about that," Brady said. "There's nobody that can substitute in for Wes and think that they're going to be Wes. He's everything you ask for. He's an incredible player and leader. As football goes, it's kind of the way it works, unfortunately. We've got to move on, we've got to go out there and play, and everyone in different areas has to pick it up."
Brady said the Patriots might be able to get some small benefit from the injury when they face the Ravens in Sunday's playoff game. "We're going to evolve a little bit as an offense now," Brady said. "It was a very Wes Welker-oriented offense. And now, maybe part of the advantage is Baltimore doesn't really know what they're going to see from us now. We're going...
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about the Patriots and their chances in the playoffs. "They're as dangerous as anybody in football with their passing attack," Esiason said. "I just worry about their defense." Esiason noted that New England's first-round opponent does not scare teams as much as in years past. "One thing about the Ravens, they are not the same defense we remember," he said.
Esiason said the Patriots' late-game problems need to be remedied if they are to be successful. "If there's anything that's un-Bill Belichick-like, it's giving up these leads in the fourth quarter," Esiason said. "That's got to be the No. 1 priority going into the playoffs — how do you protect a lead when you get it?"
Esiason talked about Wes Welker's injury and said he doesn't expect to see the receiver in uniform again...
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
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.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
We discuss the Patriots offensive "woes" in the first two weeks of the season, which leads us down the path of revisiting the crop of talent Brady has played with over the years in this Patriots offense.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by Jonathan Papelbon's "adjustment" towards his home crowd in Philly.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
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.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
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