According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, both the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are talking to the Cleveland Indians about the possibility of a deal to net both catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez and pitcher Cliff Lee. According to Sherman, the Indians need to pare payroll for both this year and next, and dealing Lee (owed approx. $2 million this year with an $8 million option for 2010) and Martinez (owed roughly $2 million over the rest of this year with a $7 million option for 2010) could be a reaction to that mandate.
Sherman also suggests that the Red Sox are not yet willing to include pitcher Clay Buchholz in a potential deal.
P.J. Axelsson didn’t want to leave the Boston Bruins after 11 seasons with a hockey club that looked to be on an upswing heading into next season, but – with no offer in hand from the Black and Gold this summer – the longest-tenured member of the B’s has signed a four-year deal with his hometown Frolunda team in the Swedish Elite League. Axelsson’s agent Neil Abbott confirmed the signing to WEEI.com Monday morning, but said that there’s always the possibility of his client leaving Sweden after this coming hockey season for another NHL shot at the elusive Stanley Cup. “P.J. played here (in Boston) for 11 years. He has over 850 games as a Bruin and the next guy has about 250 or 260. His heart was (in Boston). He loved it here and he loved the Boston fans," said Neil Abbott, Axelsson's agent. "There wasn’t anything he enjoyed more than playing (in Boston), but once that wasn’t an...
Red Sox pitching prospect Junichi Tazawa will be promoted on Tuesday to Triple-A Pawtucket following a dominating run with Double-A Portland. Tazawa was 9-5 with a 2.57 ERA and 88 walks in 98 innings. He was named the starter for the World Team in the XM All-Star Futures Game, though rain following his pre-game warmup prevented Tazawa from actually being able to pitch in the game.The news was first reported by the Portland Press-Herald.
Tazawa is scheduled to make his PawSox debut on Tuesday in Buffalo. Tazawa was signed by the Red Sox this winter following a dominant career in a Japanese amateur industrial league. The Red Sox signed him to a three-year, $3.3 million major-league contract this past winter.
Red Sox starter John Smoltz admitted that his level of frustration has become extremely high over the course of his time with the Red Sox. On Sunday, he matched a season high by permitting six runs, something that he did in his last outing against Texas on July 20. This marks just the fourth time in his career that he has allowed six or more runs in consecutive outings, and the first since he did so in starts on July 15 and July 20, 1997.
Even so, Smoltz suggested that he has not given any thought to giving up in his comeback bid. The pitcher evaluated his stuff - a 92-93 mph fastball and very effective slider - and concluded that he has the tools to succeed.
"From what I’ve seen, my stuff is not done. My results might put me in a category where (people) are going to talk about it...I’m trying to stop the storylines, trying to stop the talk, because it’s an odd place to come in and try to be effective...
After John Smoltz allowed six runs in five innings in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles that saw the Red Sox starter's record fall to 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA, the 42-year-old suggested that his stuff is good enough to allow him to perform to expectations. Pitching coach John Farrell said that Smoltz' problem has just been mislocated pitches, primarily his fastball. Farrell went on to say that the team had no plans to skip Smoltz in the rotation to allow him to iron out his approach.
"At this point, that’s not even being considered," said Farrell. "If there was a drop-off physically just through either naked eye or what velocities are telling us, that would be a different situation. But that’s not the case. You look at the amount of swing-and-miss he’s able to generate, yet because of the consistency of command, he’s frustrated."
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Rick joined the show to discuss the impending release of Revis from the Buccaneers. He said that Revis is far superior to Aqib Talib both on the field and off.
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
LB gives his thoughts on the Bruins
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed a newly released Johnny Carson sex tape.
The guys opened the show by discussing the possibility of Darrelle Revis coming to New England. Gerry is all in for it.
Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith, shares his thoughts on Barry Bonds getting into the Hall of Fame. Also, Red Sox and making Opening Day a national holiday.
Chris Price of WEEI.com joins the show to discuss NFL free agency and potential moves for the Patriots.
Dale Arnold, Michael Holley and Andy Hart talk about the deluge of moves as NFL free agency opens up, and why the Patriots have yet to make their splash.
We tackle four topics all prompted by the start of the free agency in the NFL.
Salk and Holley's Boston Blitz - 3/11/14
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
Dale, Michael and Andy Hart answer your questions and talk about some bear named Bubba.
Salk and Mikey OUT... Dale and Ryder IN.
Holley, Tom E Curran and Mikey Adams answer it all!
In 2013, Xander Bogaerts reached the big leagues in August and had a transformative impact on the Red Sox' pursuit of a World Series. Bogaerts discusses how that development, in turn, proved transformative for his life on and off the field. Looking ahead, Garin Cecchini might be the prospect most likely to have a Bogaerts-like impact on the Red Sox' fortunes in 2014. The third base prospect joins the podcast to discuss his player development and outlook for the coming season.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed Dennis Rodman's bizarre comments to ESPN over the weekend.More from this show
Dale Arnold and MIchael Holley discuss the start of free agency, the plethora of names out there, and what the Patriots will ultimately decide to do.More from this show