Reliever Billy Wagner's agent, Bean Stringfellow, told the Boston Herald that his client might be open to accepting arbitration if the Red Sox offer it. Wagner is a Type A free agent and would allow the Sox to receive two draft picks if he declined arbitration and signed with another team.
“Will Billy reject [arbitration]?” Stringfellow said to the Herald. “I just visited with Billy and his family the other day and I can tell you this much: Billy thoroughly enjoyed his time in Boston. It was one of the best experiences he has ever had in baseball. So, does he rule out accepting arbitration? No, he doesn’t."
Wagner had garnered the assurance of the Red Sox that they wouldn't pick up his $8 million option for 2010, allowing the pitcher to pursue opportunities to become a closer with another team. Wagner...
CHICAGO -- Alan Nero, the agent for Red Sox catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez, said that there hasn't been any discussion with the Red Sox regarding an extension for his client, and that, at this point, there is no rush to get one done. "There's nothing to report," Nero said in the lobby of the O'Hare International Airport Hilton. "Basically, he's a Red Sox, it's as simple as that.
"There's been no indication on their part, or our part, that that will happen. We're comfortable in whatever they want to do. If they come to us, obviously we'll listen. But neither Theo [Epstein] or Ben [Cherington] have called and said, 'Hey, we want to talk long-term.' There was little or no dialogue at all prior to them exercising the option. The bottom line is that we're content, he's happy to be a Red Sox, and he's going to be a Red Sox for the next year.
The Red Sox exercised Martinez' $7.7 million team...
Matt Hunwick, Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored and Tim Thomas turned away all 27 shots for his 14th career shutout as the Bruins blanked Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, at TD Garden. With their win over Buffalo on Saturday, the B's have won consecutive games for the first time this season. Hunwick's backhander fooled Marc-Andre Fleury, as it went over his right shoulder and just under the crossbar at 1:36 of the second period, staking the Bruins to a 1-0 lead. The shot was initially disallowed by the officials, but after a minute of live action, the replay siren went off and referee Bill McCreary received word from replay officials that the puck clearly was in the net. Paille's goal was his first since being acquired from Buffalo last month. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
CHICAGO -- Agent Scott Boras met with a swarm of reporters in the lobby of the O'Hare International Airport Hilton early Tuesday evening, speaking on everything from the state of the game's economy, to the futures of clients such as Matt Holliday, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek, and his relationship with the Red Sox front office. The get-together lasted more than 30 minutes and was a prelude to Boras meeting with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein later Tuesday night. Here are the Red Sox-related highlights:
How would you respond to Jason Bay's agent calling his client the free agent market's most complete player?
"I represent Matt Holliday and I'll serve as an advocate. I don't know what criteria he's looking at, and that's fine. All I can tell you is that I've been around baseball for a long time as a player and now as an agent, and the reality of it is that Matt Holliday is a complete player. That's all I'll...
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
After Saturday nights big win at home against USC, Coach Addazio joined the show to discuss how BC imposed their will on their will on USC, and how important it is for the region to care about college football.
At a concert this weekend, Kanye West ordered that the whole crowd stand up, and that the show would not continue until EVERYBODY was standing. He didn't realize the venue was wheelchair accessible, and that he was yelling at 2 disabled fans. Also Christian and Joey set the table for a karaoke showdown.
Julian Edelman had 6 catches and a TD to help the Pats even their record at 1-1. He spoke with Lou, Christian, and Tim to talk about Chandler Jones' lightning speed on the FG block return.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show