Veteran slugger Manny Ramirez has officially been reinstated from the voluntary retirement list by Major League Baseball.
Ramirez, who was playing with the Rays, retired last season after he was suspended for 100 games for violating MLB's substance abuse policy. It was the second significant ban for Ramirez, as he was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for the same reason while playing for the Dodgers.
Upon his reinstatement, Ramirez will still have to serve a 50-game suspension. Ramirez had played only five games and had 17 at-bats for the Rays before being suspended and subsequently retiring.
The 39-year-old has played parts of 19 seasons between the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays. His 55 homers are 14th on the all-time list.
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According to reports from TNT's David Aldridge and Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics are close on a sign-and-trade deal that would bring free agent power forward David West to Boston on a 3-year deal worth between $27-29 million. It was not immediately clear who would be involved on the Celtics end, but Wojnarowski indicated that it could be Jermaine O'Neal and another player.
The 6-foot-9 West is a two-time All-Star who averaged 19 points and 7.6 rebounds last season who suffered a season-ending knee injury in late March. He would augment a retooled frontline that includes Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox who were acquired on Friday. West and Bass are both excellent perimeter shooters and would give the Celtics an entirely new look up front without a traditional center.
"One of the things I told Danny [Ainge] is, I don't care if it doesn't fit, get talent,"...
Rajon Rondo held court with the media Friday night after the Celtics held their first training camp practice and answered every question thrown his way. He said he had been in communication with team president Danny Ainge while his name was bandied about in trade rumors involving Hornets guard Chris Paul and felt "comfortable" with the process.
"I've had a great summer," he said. "One of the best summers of my life. You know, Nothing happened. Trade talk, there was rumors a lot of things happened but I've been here every day. I've talked to Danny two or three times. You guys may have heard different rumors and they might have been true, he might have been shopping me, but I felt comfortable."
Rondo said that Ainge and coach Doc Rivers were honest with him about the possibility that he could be traded and even acknowledged that it could still happen. "I talked to both of those guys about a week ago and...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics have signed veteran big man Chris Wilcox to a one-year deal. The nine-year veteran, taken with the eighth pick of the 2002 draft by the Clippers, played 57 games (29 starts) for the Pistons last year, averaging 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.3 blocks and 0.5 steals in 17.5 minutes per game. He shot 58.1 percent from the floor in 2010-11, and has made 53.2 percent of his attempted shots in his career.
"They had a lot of great guys here," Wilcox said. "My agent called me and said are you interested? This is my first chance of playing for a team of this caliber so I was willing to take this opportunity and come to Boston."
The 6-foot-10 29-year-old can play both forward and center. "At this point in my career I just want to win," he said.
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FOXBORO -- According to multiple reports, citing a league spokesperson, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was fined $25,000 for a fourth-quarter hit on Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky in New England's 31-24 win last Sunday. Though Mayo was not flagged on the play, he was hit with the fine for a hit that was deemed to be in "the head and neck area."
Mayo has not incurred a single penalty during the season. Even so, with the NFL cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits and emphasizing quarterback safety, the 25-year-old linebacker received his fine.
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Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
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.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Julian Edelman's innocuous comments which the Media spun out of control yesterday. We hear him respond to the Pittsburgh Media on a Conference Call, where he cites the Media making stuff up.
According to an article in the New York Times, Robert Kraft "Still Sore at N.F.L., Has Payback in Sight." Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to figure out if there is real animosity between Kraft and Roger Goodell.
Glenn is irate at NY Daily News' Manish Mehta for his dumb take in today's column: Belichick won't move Brady in the Offseason to make room for Jimmy G. Also, the OMF'ers revisit Colin Cowherd's assessment that Brady has had 2 "Playoff Clunkers" in a row.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots on the road to the Super Bowl, and how this is the season the Patriots should be setting their revenge sights on, not last year.
Can the Bruins be rebuilt without wholesale changes? Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss it with you.
We discuss the reported docking of a 2nd round pick for the Seahawks, and how Goodell and the league offices are still sort of making up these penalties as they go along.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have all the K&C Show gossip from a wild Reimer Wednesday.
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