Amidst speculation that the Red Sox could use third baseman Kevin Youkilis as a trade chip this offseason, multiple sources inside and outside the Sox organization suggest that it is unlikely that the Sox will deal the 32-year-old.
While the Red Sox will explore the trade market to address offseason needs -- including the need to fill two spots in the rotation -- Youkilis is not expected to be dealt for a number of reasons. While 2011 was a down year for him, he nevertheless remained one of the most productive offensive third basemen in the game. There are few, if any, third basemen available either internally or externally who could match the three-time All-Star’s lineup impact.
Moreover, Youkilis has a contract that permits the Sox to maintain payroll flexibility. He will receive a $12 million salary in 2012, with a team option for $13 million for 2013 (and a $1 million buyout).
Youkilis led major league third basemen in virtually...
Only minutes after reports surfaced that the Patriots released cornerback Leigh Bodden, safety Patrick Chung joined the Mut & Merloni show for his weekly interview.
Chung deflected multiple questions about Bodden's release.
"It's not my decision," he said. "It's not my place to talk about that stuff. Whoever's here, we're going to play with whoever's here. … He's a good player, good person. That's all I can say on that. You can ask coach [Bill Belichick] about all those questions."
With Chung gone, rookie Ras-I Dowling might be forced to play a bigger role when he gets healthy.
"I think we have great players back there," Chung said. "Playing them, that's up to coach. I feel like everybody around the secondary, we're learning, we're getting better. Him playing, that's not my call or whatever. I feel everybody's good. We have an athletic backfield and we know what we're doing."
FOXBORO -- According to a ProFootballTalk.com report, the Patriots have released cornerback Leigh Bodden.
At his Friday morning press conference, coach Bill Belichick said, "We don't have any announcements to make right now," but when asked to comment on Bodden's play, he said: "We'll skip that right now."
The 30-year-old Bodden has played eight seasons in the NFL, including two with the Patriots. He had 17 tackles and four passes defended in five games (one start) this season.
Check back for more details as they become available. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly appearance Friday morning. In the Bruins' 2-1 loss to the Habs Thursday night, Ference was slashed to the face by a skate early in the first period. Although the laceration went down to his skull and required stitches to close up, Ference downplayed the severity of the injury.
"It would be embarrassing if I didn't go back out," Ference said of his return in the second period. "It's one thing if it's your leg or your hand, something that affects the game. It's just stitches, it doesn't really affect your game. That one was just kind of a standard one. The guys that come [back] out with cracked ribs and stuff like that, those are the guys that are a little crazy. But if it's just stitches, your teammates don't even bat an eye."
Ference was less concerned the injury and more with the state of the Bruins. Boston's loss to Montreal dropped the team to 3-6-0...
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino participated in an often testy discussion on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, as he presented an impassioned defense of his boss, John Henry.
The arguing began a few minutes into the interview when Lucchino talked about new general manager Ben Cherington and made a reference to the media's role in publicizing the Red Sox' clubhouse discord.
"We were able to start a new chapter," Lucchino said. "I think Ben Cherington introduced himself beautifully the other day. You see the kind of general manager who is going to be leading the baseball operations of the Red Sox going forward. And we were able to make some progress and stop dwelling on the past and playing the blame game and doing all the nonsensical things that the media was leading us into. We were able to move forward. I think bifurcating those things was a good thing."
Co-host Gerry Callahan, who last week wrote...
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe catch-up with former Sox GM Theo Epstein who is in town with the World Champion Cubs to take on the Sox this weekend.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Gerry and Kirk read some inspiring quotes from Tony Robbins and Curtis is all set to see the man himself in June.
Tony Robbins fans were sent to the hospital after getting injured walking over coals and Pat is a massive fan of Tony Robbins.
Gerry, Kirk and Arcand react to Brady getting into a business relationship with Tony Robbins.
Night 1 of the draft has passed and Jimmy Garoppolo is still here. The general consensus on the Bears was that they screwed up their draft. And Larry Bird is out in Indiana. Is there hope for Ordway's Paul George dream?
The offensive issues for this Red Sox team are becoming more and more obvious. We also react to our interview with Pedro Martinez.
Chris Sale basically took on Tanaka and the Yankees by himself last night. And the Sox hot corner of days past seem to be gone as far as third base goes.
Final two hours of Dale and Holley with Keefe for a Friday.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a variety of topics for the first two hours of Freestyle Friday.
We close out the week with another edition of the madness and LAROY!!!!!!!!!!! takes you into the weekend.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben and Alex talk to Charlie Stillitano, the man responsible for the International Champions Cup. He has created tournaments for the biggest teams in the world to be played in the US every summer. This year he will bring Juventus and Roma to play in Foxboro on July 30th.
Ken and Chris have the Good Weekend recap of a Friday Christian Arcand edition of K&C.
It’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft tonight so Jim Hackett & Pete Davidson offer a little pre-draft fodder for you featuring the Top Tight Ends and Top Wide Receivers. It’s Day 1 of the draft so there’s a lot of focus on the Top Tier talent who you could see drafted tonight including analysis on OJ Howard, Evan Engram & David Njoku; all Tight Ends that could be drafted in tonight’s 1st Round – a rarity. The analysis deepens with more focus on the Top 10 Tight Ends including Jake Butt, Bucky Hodges and Jordan Leggett. Then the boys turn to the Top Wide Receivers, including John Ross, Corey Davis, Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Shuster. We’ll see where these guys land tonight, but you can learn more and have a few laughs right now.
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