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12/05/2010 - 6:49pm
Reports: A's withdraw offer to Beltre

According to tweets from both ESPN's Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Oakland A's have withdrawn their offer to free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. It had been reported that the A's were offering Beltre a five-year deal worth upwards of $60 million. Both Olney and Rosenthal wrote that the A's grew frustrated of waiting for an answer from Beltre, especially after he had rejected their three-year proposal last offseason. FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi also Tweeted that Beltre's agent, Scott Boras, says interest is "plentiful." For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


12/05/2010 - 5:52pm
Werth signs with Nationals
By: DJ Bean

Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth has agreed to sign with the Washington Nationals, according to the team's web site. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman has tweeted that Werth, a client of Scott Boras, will get a seven-year deal worth $126 million

 

The Red Sox were believed to be interested in Werth, as they met with him and Boras last week. Fox Sports wrote Friday that that "many in the industry" saw Boston as the favorite to sign the former Blue Jays, Dodgers and Phillies outfielder. Last season, Werth hit .296/.388/.532 with 26 homers and 85 RBI. 

 

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12/05/2010 - 4:34pm
Report: Gonzalez to Sox still possible
By: DJ Bean

Despite the 2 p.m. deadline for the Red Sox to negotiate a contract with Adrian Gonzalez passing, the deal to acquire the slugger could go down, according to a tweet from Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. A source familiar with the negotiations told Morosi that the deal is "not done yet."

 

Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB Network tweeted that deal is "off but not entirely." Gammons added that Gonzalez is set to leave Boston at 4:30 p.m. 

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted following the deadline that the trade had fallen through because an extension wasn't inked. Even without extending Gonzalez, the Sox could still acquire him in the deal that would send Casey Kelly, Reymond Fuentes, and Anthony Rizzo to San Diego. Gonzalez is entering the final year...

12/05/2010 - 4:22pm
Afternoon delight: Celtics crush Nets

Even without Rajon Rondo, who missed the game after his hamstring tightened up, the Celtics had little problem with the Nets, cruising to a 100-75 victory Sunday afternoon on New Jersey. Nate Robinson scored 21 points and had six rebounds and six assists in place of Rondo and Kevin Garnett had 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes of work. It was Garnett's 11th double-digit rebounding game of the season, tying his output from all of last season.

 

Glen Davis also had a strong game off the bench with 16 points and nine rebounds. The only negative for the Celtics was Shaquille O'Neal missed the second half with a sore calf, but the Celtics didn't need him.

 

The C's have now won seven straight games and have a one-game lead over Orlando for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 16-4.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


12/05/2010 - 3:49pm
Report: Gonzalez deal falls through
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from SI's Jon Heyman, the trade that would have sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox is off. The 2 p.m. deadline for the sides to reach a contract extension passed without a deal being struck, with Heyman tweeting that the Red Sox "just could not reach [a] deal with [Gonzalez]."

 

A source reportedly told Heyman that Gonzalez' camp wanted an eight-year deal for the 28-year-old, while the Red Sox were more inclined to give a six-year deal. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal noted in a tweet following the deadline that the Red Sox could still go through with the...

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