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12/09/2009 - 1:14pm
Olney on D&H: Sox playing it smart

ESPN's Buster Olney made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday morning to discuss the latest baseball rumors. Olney said general managers around the league are looking for value with a Moneyball-type approach, and it's having a big affect on the free agent market. "I think quite literally you've got a lot more teams making a lot smarter decisions, and in a lot of cases they're working from the same equations and using the same numbers to make a value judgment," he said.

 

Olney said he's impressed with the Red Sox' approach regarding free agent outfielders Jason Bay and Matt Holliday. "I think they are absolutely playing it the exact right way," Olney said. "The big question now for the Red Sox is how serious are the Angels on Bay. I don't think we know that yet. If the Angels are serious and they want to pay him $80 million, I think he's going to be gone. But from the Red Sox' point of view, they are...

12/09/2009 - 12:40pm
Kelly discusses decision to pitch

Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly took part in a conference call to discuss his decision, reached in concert with the organization, to proceed in his career as a pitcher. Kelly spent the first half of 2009 as a pitcher, recording a 2.08 ERA in two levels of A-ball, and then hitting .222 with a .302 OBP and .340 slugging average after playing shortstop from July through the end of the season in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League and Low-A Greenville.

 

Casey said that it had been a burden for him to proceed as a two-position player, facing constant questions about his future as a position. After meeting with team officials in Fort Myers last week, Kelly said that it was ultimately "a pretty easy decision" for him to decide to proceed with his career as a pitcher, given that he will likely reach the big leagues faster in that role.

 

"It’s such a unique situation that I’ve been in for the last year...

12/09/2009 - 12:38pm
Live chat with Merloni, 1 p.m.

Join WEEI.com's Lou Merloni for a live chat, starting at 1 p.m., as he reports from the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis. To participate go to the Full Count Blog by click here.


12/09/2009 - 12:04pm
Report: Moss, 3 others disciplined

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick would not confirm a report by the Providence Journal that four players were sent home for being late for an 8 a.m. meeting this morning at Gillette Stadium. The paper reports that Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Gary Guyton and Derrick Burgess were caught in traffic due to the bad weather and were sent home after showing up late. "Any disciplinary action stays between me and the players," said Belichick, who also declined to say whether the players would be welcomed back at practice later this afternoon. For more, visit the football blog, It is What It Is.


12/09/2009 - 11:52am
Daniels out indefinitely after surgery

Marquis Daniels could miss up to two months following surgery this morning at New England Baptist Hospital to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Celtics Team Physician, Dr. Brian McKeon and Dr. Drew Terrono. Daniels has appeared in 19 games for the Celtics averaging 5.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Head coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine are expected to pick up the minutes for Daniels, who was second off the bench behind Rasheed Wallace. Daniels posted a season-high 10 points against Utah on Nov. 11.


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