Speaking on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that while there is no certainty newly-acquired reliever Mark Melancon would be the team's closer, there is a possibility he could slide into that role.
"We believe he is definitely capable of closing and capable of pitching in the ninth inning," Cherington said of the 26-year-old righty. "Those are questions that [Red Sox manager] Bobby [Valentine], with help from his pitching coach in spring training, will answer and figure out the right roles for everyone."
Cherington talked about the impetus for trading pitcher Kyle Weiland and infielder Jed Lowrie for Melancon, who saved 20 games for the Astros after taking over the closers role in May.
"We really liked his stuff, and had liked his stuff back to his college days at Arizona," Cherington said. "We feel like the second half of the...
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a conference call to discuss his recent roster moves, suggested that in the aftermath of signing backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, he is still hopeful that the team can continue its relationship with career-long Red Sox Jason Varitek. While the way in which that relationship might continue is somewhat unclear in the absence of a defined role for Varitek, Cherington said that he would continue dialogue with both the longtime team captain and his agent, Scott Boras.
"As far as Tek is concerned, we have incredible respect for Tek. I have incredible respect on a personal level. We, as an organization including ownership, have incredible respect for him and the contributions he's made," said Cherington. "Our hope is that Tek will always be a part of the Red Sox in some way. As far as what that means immediately, what we want to do is keep talking to Tek and not discuss that in a public forum, but...
Suspended Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh continues his parade of arrogant and obnoxious behavior. After rejoining his team Wednesday for the first time after his two-week suspension for stomping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving, Suh was defiant in an interview with the media on hand, insisting he won't change his game and that the focus is on the team, not him.
Asked if he's concerned about all the negative press he's been getting, he said: "It's not going to make me cry at night."
Meanwhile, during his weekly interview with Detroit radio station 97.1 The Ticket, Suh took exception to the hosts asking about his behavior on and off the field -- including his car accident in Oregon last week -- and abruptly ended the interview.
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According to multiple reports, the Red Sox did not make a bid on star pitcher Yu Darvish, the 25-year-old ace of the Nippon Ham Fighters. The opportunity to place a bid for a posting fee ended on Wednesday afternoon, and according to the reports, the Sox -- consistent with their claims that they would not devote significant long-term resources to a starting pitcher this year -- were not among the team that placed a bid for the right to negotiate with Darvish.
"I’m not sure the timing of this offseason puts us in a position to be the most aggressive team. But he’s a good pitcher, and we have a lot of respect for him. We’ll certainly discuss it and figure out if a post makes sense," Sox GM Ben Cherington said last week. "We’ve got a lot of commitment to the starting rotation, as you guys know, and we feel pretty good about the front end of our rotation. If a team is going to be posting and trying to sign...
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox will name Rick Jameyson as their head trainer, replacing Mike Reinold, who will be reassigned with the organization. Reinold will focus on rehab work, while the 41-year-old Jameyson will handle the day-to-day training duties, a role he had been filling with the Cleveland Indians.
Jameyson had been in the Indians' organization since graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1992, having been with the big league club for the past 10 seasons as both the assistant and head trainer.
Reinold, who joined the Red Sox organization in 2006, had been serving as the team's head trainer since 2010, having taken over for Paul Lessard. Prior to his promotion he had served as the Sox' assistant trainer and rehab coordinator.
It is the latest move in a series of shake-ups in the Red Sox' medical and conditioning staffs since the conclusion of the 2011 season, with the team firing strength...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
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.
Hour 4. Mack Beggs should have been wrestling men. Gerry wants to put an end to women's wrestling.
Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.
Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.
Max Kellerman rips Pats fans. Skip Bayless says Bill Belichick is "good, not great." And Dan Le Batard feels the heat from Keyshawn Johnson regarding his criticisms of Magic Johnson.
It took a few hours, but Glenn finally starts to agree with Lou and Mut about Danny Ainge.
Obviously the Celtics aren't expected to overtake the Cavs in the East, but the guys wonder if the team is trying to get a little bit better each year, or hold onto their assets until LeBron is over the hill.
We close out Freestyle Friday with more Pats, Sox and Celtics talk.
We continue freestyle Friday with Brady and Jimmy G trade talk, plus more on the Celtics and the Vancouver Canucks have the mumps!
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
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