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The Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez are believed to be “moving toward an agreement,” to possibly be inked on Monday in the $90 million range over five years, reports CBSSports.com Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Heyman broke the news Sunday morning noting the deal would “come together quickly.”

The Sox are poised to make some major free agent deals with Hanley and Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox tendered a $95 million offer to Sandoval last week. Sandoval and his agent have not accepted the deal. Continue reading Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez Moving Toward $90 Million Deal »

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According to a report in the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have made a five year, $95 million offer to free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Is that going to be enough to sign the Kung Fu Panda away from his former team, the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants?

Per Sandoval’s brother and agent, Michael, we’ll know the answer to that question by no later than next week. (Which makes sense, as I can’t imagine Sandoval letting anything get in the way of enjoying his Thanksgiving feast. And yes, I’m aware he’s Venezuelan.)

In addition to the Giants, the Red Sox are also, surprisingly, trying to fend off a late charge by the San Diego Padres, who are looking to keep Sandoval in the NL West.

Continue reading Pablo Sandoval to Decide Next Week on Red Sox’ 5 Year, $95M Offer »

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The Boston Celtics have been a very competitive and entertaining club through their first 10 games of the 2014-15 NBA season. The C’s have beaten a perennial Eastern Conference power in the Chicago Bulls, and nearly beat the championship favorite Cleveland Cavaliers. It is safe to say that this young club has been exciting to watch, and one player that has open the eyes of many Celtics faithful is 23-year old center Kelly Olynyk.

Last year, Olynyk seemed uncomfortable and out of place on the floor, averaging 8.7 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists, but has made major strides this year, boosting his numbers to 12.4 points, 5.9 boards and 1.8 dimes thus far. Olynyk has already recorded two double-doubles this year, compared to just three in 70 games last season. Continue reading Kelly Olynyk Showing Improvement in Second Year »

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Joe Flacco might be coming off a bye, but should he be started in fantasy leagues on the road? (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

With Josh Gordon active and Ben Tate now on the Minnesota Vikings, Week 12 should be the week that most teams know their fate (and possibly seeding) for their fantasy teams. With the final two teams on bye this week, it is the last time you will have to bench a proven fantasy commodity for bench fodder. Here are this week’s starts/sits:

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Matt Ryan (vs. Cleveland): Matt Ryan has been a beast at the Georgia Dome in his career and should be a solid start against a beat-up Browns defense. It might be a lot of throwing to keep pace with Brian Hoyer as Josh Gordon and Andrew Hawkins will keep this game close. A close game equals more throws for the BC alum. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 12 »

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Bill Belichick jumped at the chance to bring back LeGarrette Blount after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. (US Presswire)

Cue up the AC/DC: The New England Patriots are back in Blount.

Even having galloped over the Indianapolis Colts in last year’s playoffs, which earned him a Sports Illustrated cover with his record setting postseason performance, running back LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots this past offseason to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But after departing from the field early during the Steelers’ 27-24 on Monday Night Football, however, Blount was released amid reports of being malcontent with his role. Reports indicate Blount is at Gillette Stadium just two days later, and has signed with the team for two years after clearing waivers. The deal is for the veteran minimum, plus incentives, according to an ESPN report.

Continue reading Back in Blount: Patriots Sign LeGarrette Blount »

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Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer

November 19, 2014 at 8:35pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made Jon Lester an offer according to an inside source, reports ESPN’s Gordon Edes. The source stated that Lester plans on taking his time to make a decision about the undisclosed offer made by Ben Cherington and other Red Sox management.

Before the 2014 season began, the Red Sox talked about a 4-year $70 million offer. Lester did not accept it and went into the season without further negotiations. Then at the trade deadline on July 31st Lester was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. Lester threw the Athletics into the postseason wildcard game against the Kansas City Royals with a regular season 2.35 ERA with Oakland. Continue reading Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer »

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When the Patriots face the Lions on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, they will have to defend the NFL’s best wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson is in his eighth season and has been dominant in each of them. He has had over 1,000 yards in 5 of his previous seven seasons and has 520 yards and three touchdowns this season despite only playing seven games due to injury. His best season was 2012, in which he had 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big play machine who is averaging 16 yards a catch and has averaged the same number through the course of his career.

Johnson is routinely double and tripled teamed and is always the focal point of his opponent’s defensive game plan. He is 6’5” tall, 236 pounds, and is one of the fastest receivers in the league. He has great hands and high football intelligence, meaning that he is rarely out of position and does not make many simple mistakes that hurt his team.  In the GIF below, one of Johnson’s best plays of his career is shown. He is triple covered in the end zone and is still able to come up with the catch. The special piece about Johnson is plays like this are not once-in-a-career plays, but rather plays that he can make regularly. Continue reading All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense »

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