According to a major league source familiar with the situation, as of Friday afternoon the Red Sox were still "undecided" regarding whether they will be submitting a bid for the rights to negotiate with Japanese middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who was posted by the Chiba Lotte Marines. Teams have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit bids in regards to Nishioka, a 26-year-old switch-hitter who won the Japanese Pacific League batting title with a .346 average in 2010.
While Nishioka has played shortstop throughout his professional career, some believe he would be better suited for second base in the major leagues. The Red Sox did draw interest at the recent GM meetings in Orlando for shorstop Marco Scutaro, who is scheduled to earn $5 million next season, while holding a $6 million team option, or $3 million player option for 2012.
Part of any hesitation regarding attempting to secure the services of Nishioka might...
FOXBORO -- There was no letter delivered to James Sanders on Friday from NFL offices, indicating that the league did not fine him for the hit on Pittsburgh's Hines Ward last Sunday night.
Ward went over the middle late in the first quarter and was hit low by Patrick Chung. Sanders came in for support on the tackle and collided with Ward, colliding with the wide receiver's helmet. Ward went to the sideline with a concussion and did not return, snapping his streak of consecutive games with a catch at 186.
However, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was fined $5,000 for a chop block and Lamarr Woodley was fined $12,500 for his late hit on Tom Brady in the second half - which was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter.
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FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor sounded optimistic and anxious to return to game action this week for the Patriots as they host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Taylor has missed the last six games with turf toe.
"Of course I do, of course I do," Taylor replied when asked if he feels ready to return, if activated Sunday. "I haven't played in a while, got that itch and would definitely love to be back out there. I'm going to keep improving."
The duo of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead have carried most of the load in the running game in Taylor's absence.
"It's his decision and he knows what's best for the team going forward," Taylor said. "Whatever that is I have to live with it and just be ready for it. I had a very solid week of practice, a lot better than last week, continuing to improve and we'll see how it goes."
Keith Law of ESPN.com joined the Minor Details Podcast to discuss the Red Sox' prospect inventory and the team's potential chips to make deals this offseason. While Law suggested that the team's prospect depth will allow it to talk with most clubs about nearly any player available, he felt that the Sox should not trade a player like top prospect Casey Kelly in exchange for a player whom they would only have under control for one year such as Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is eligible for free agency after 2011.
"In the Red Sox' division, I wonder if they're ever really high enough of a probability of making the playoffs that it's worth giving up prospect depth," said Law. "You could probably look at Kelly and say he could be in the big leagues in 2012. Maybe not with the Red Sox, but he's not that far away. ... Casey Kelly is not untouchable for me, but he's pretty darn close to it. I don't think I'd trade...
FOXBORO -- Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger both missed Friday's practice due to the flu, according to a tweet from the Patriots.
Also missing were cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hip), and defensive lineman Myron Pryor (back). Safety Jarrad Page (calf) returned for the first time since injuring himself during the San Diego game on Oct. 24.
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Danny and Price chat about Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense this season leading into the Super Bowl. Both think he was deserving of the MVP award, but they differ a little on Cam's 2015-16 season compared to the history of other QB's in the league.
Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
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!
With Rob Bradford back from a pre-Spring Training trip to Ft. Myers, the guys discuss Rob's chat with Clay Buchholz and his calling 2016 a "make or break year"
Ken Laird & Ryan Hannable debate who should be on WEEI's Top Ten Red Sox prospects' list, with only Yoan Moncada grabbing consensus as the number one talent in the pipeline
Mut and Tomase are holding things down in the studio tonight, Bradford is on assignment in Fort Myers. They talk about Rick Porcello, who is already down in Fort Myers and the strength of the pitching staff.
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Arpon Basu calls the boys to talk some Canadiens hockey and why they have been on the downward spiral for quite some time now. He talks about the malaise around the team in the locker room and the fan-base, his thoughts on the NHL Playoffs and the state of the Bruins vs where Montreal finds themselves. Arpon goes as far as to say that today may be a "make it or break it" game for them against Carolina.
Ryan Spooner sat down with DJ to discuss his over-achieving and the direction of the Bruins as the trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the Super Bowl commercials.
Cam Newton did not handle the loss well.
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.
Christian is resisting the return the of the Whiner Line and is suggesting some new segments. The inaugural "Christian's Comedy Minute" did not perform as well as he hoped, but we got some good phone calls out of it.
We check in one last time this season with the great 88, hall of famer Michael Irvin from the NFL Network.
We talk with the man causing all the trouble in San Fran, Tom E Curran from Comcast, the man who tried to put Goodell's feet to the fire during his state of the NFL press conference.
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
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson weigh in on the Super Bowl, breaking down the game in a spirited debate on how it will fall. Newton, Manning, Stewart, Olsen, Norman, Kuechly Kubiak and the Denver Defense fuel the conversation. A quick look back to the Patriots vs. Broncos AFC Title game sews the seeds for what we will see on Sunday and in the off-season ahead. The League, Concussions, The Super Bowl and the Fantasy Football Off-season positional groups and scouting are covered in a comprehensive edition of “The Fantasy Guys Podcast.”
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
After another solid week of college hoops, Anthony and Austin are hoping on the Virginia band wagon, and take a deeper look into Texas A&M's win over Iowa State and debate whether UNC's lack of shooting will prevent them from being a title contender.