According to an ESPN.com report, the Red Sox have made an offer to free agent catcher Russell Martin. The 27-year-old hit .248/.347/.332 for the Dodgers last season, a campaign in which he was limited to 97 games by a torn labrum. He was non-tendered by the Dodgers earlier in the month.
Martin is also believed to be receiving interest from the Yankees and Blue Jays. He has hit .272/.365/.396 in his five-season career.
The Red Sox re-signed Jason Varitek to a one-year deal this offseason. They also have Jarrod Saltalamacchia in tow. For more on the Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox.
The Bears reported two players missing from Thursday practice, linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa and defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. Here's the complete report from Chicago:
Did Not Participate
LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee)
DT Marcus Harrison (illness)
LB Nick Roach (back)
RB Chester Taylor (knee)
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FOXBORO — Safety Patrick Chung and linebacker Brandon Spikes were no-shows at Patriots' practice on Thursday, but according to the team, their absence was not injury related. Here's a look at the complete report:
Did Not Participate
S Patrick Chung (not injury related)
LB Brandon Spikes (not injury related)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
NT Myron Pryor (back)
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If the reports that Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox have a deal in place for seven years and $154 million are true, the first baseman doesn't want it known. In a recent interview with a Mexican baseball blog, Gonzalez denied the agreement.
"Nothing about that is true," Gonzalez told Puro Beisbol. "It's false. I haven't signed any contract."
Reports have suggested that the two sides are simply waiting until the season starts to ink the deal so the team can save money on luxury tax. Gonzalez, however, told Puro Beisbol that the Red Sox and Gonzalez "didn't negotiate any numbers" on Sunday.
For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox.
ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined The Big Show on Thursday, praising the Red Sox for the signing of Carl Crawford and noting that it is now crucial for the Yankees to sign free-agent starter Cliff Lee.
"It's imperative," Kruk said. "Not just because he's left handed, but because Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia are the only to starters that are dependable. They need another one if they want to compete."
Kruk pointed out that Crawford was likely drawn to the Red Sox because of the stability in the lineup and that "they can win two or three championships by the time" his deal expires.
Even if the Yankees were to sign Lee, Kruk felt that the Red Sox would still the best team in the league.
"They're younger they're more athletic," Kruk said of the Sox. "Better starting pitching. Besides Mariano [Rivera] and Papelbon, which is...
Picard and Price take a look at next week's Super Bowl match-up with the Broncos and Panthers, what they see going down in Santa Clara and if the Broncos top-ranked D can slow down the mission that Cam Newton is on.
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Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
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Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
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DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division
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The story of Peyton Manning getting HGH shipped to his house took another turn when the Washington Post revealed on Thursday that Peyton Manning and his people hired private investigators to go to the home of Charlie Sly's parents.
Tom Brady's father, Tom Sr, spoke with CSNNE's Tom E. Curran regarding some of the comments made by Roger Goodell over the past few weeks.
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We check in one last time this season with the great 88, hall of famer Michael Irvin from the NFL Network.
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We discuss the Roger Goodell state of the NFL presser, and play the bits of pertinent and non-pertinent audio and break it down.
Roger Goodell made sure to defend the shield and his intense pursuit of Tom Brady and the Patriots regarding deflate gate, and here we are over a year later and he is still speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the matter.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and our textress Cassie are on the air as Ian Rappoport reports the Patriots parted ways with their offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo
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