The Boston Celtics signed Amir Johnson to a 2-year, $24 million deal on Wednesday.
Last season he spent his sixth season with the Toronto Raptors, in which he averaged 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He helped the Raptors earn the Atlantic division championship last season and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He was originally drafted out of high school by the Detroit Pistons in 2005.
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Tags: Amir Johnson, Boston Celtics, NBA Free Agency, Toronto Raptors
Over the last few days, many have wondered just what GM Don Sweeney has been trying to do. After sending Dougie Hamilton to Calgary and Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings, then acquiring lifelong goon Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick, Sweeney’s job at the helm so far looked shaky at best.
Then on Wednesday, the first day of the offseason that NHL teams were allowed to sign free agents, Sweeney regained the confidence of Bruins fans and people around the hockey world by making a trade and signing a key free agent. The Bruins also gave forward Ryan Spooner a 2-year-contract extension.
In the early afternoon it was announced that the Bruins received young forward Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract. Continue reading Bruins Trade for Jimmy Hayes, Sign Matt Belesky »
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As the trade deadline approaches the rumors have begun to swirl rapidly. The most recent whispers have circled around pitcher Clay Buchholz. This season has been a roller coaster for the eight-year veteran; while he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has also pitched very poorly on many occasions. In a year when the Red Sox front office expected Buchholz would assume his role as ace of the staff, many have been underwhelmed by his overall body of work. But sentiments toward Buchholz should not amount only to disappointment. This year he is probably the best starting pitcher in the Red Sox rotatoin and his statistics support that claim. Although his record is a mere 5-6, Clay has posted a 3.68 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 93 total innings pitched. These are respectable statistics that do not deserve excessive scrutiny because it is what we need to learn to expect from Clay.
This leads us to the pivotal question: should the Red Sox put Clay Buchholz on the trade block for the upcoming deadline? My initial reaction is no, absolutely not. Although Buchholz may not have become the true ace we were hoping, he is still a very good Major League pitcher. Continue reading Red Sox Front Office Should Not Look to Trade Clay Buchholz »
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The 2015 Season for the Boston Red Sox has been defined by the latest tirade of four-letter words inspired by Rick Porcello’s latest pitching performance, Pablo Sandoval’s ninth inning fielding percentage, or any other seminal moment of disappointment. There are a lot to choose from.
But lately, strangely, I’ve been finding myself coming back to one four-letter word worse than any curse, more gut wrenching than the most creative string of expletives.
Hope. Continue reading The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope »
Tags: Alejandro De Aza, Boston Red Sox, Brock Holt, Clay Buchholz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Hope, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Toronto Blue Jays, Xander Bogaerts