Jon Lester tips his caps to the fans of Boston one last time. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

There is no hiding the fact that this one stings. We had to tentatively say good-bye to the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff  in July when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. With that there was still the sliver of hope that a deal could be worked out. Even Jon Lester himself said he wouldn’t rule out a return to Boston.

“Yeah, why not? I mean this is what I know. This is what I love.” is what Lester’s response was when asked in July if he’d consider a return to Boston. Unfortunately his fate was decided back in the Spring when the Red Sox failed to sign him prior to the start of the season.  Continue reading Jon Lester: Thank You, and Farewell »

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Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a 6-year $155 million deal Tuesday night. The deal features the highest per-year salary at $25.83 offered to a pitcher in free agency with a vesting for a seventh year.

Sources said that Lester rejected the Red Sox six-year $135 million offer with no options for a seventh year. Many believed that the Red Sox were still a possible home for Lester throughout the day on Tuesday, but their offer was not aggressive enough.

Theo Epstein, former Red Sox general manager, and current general manager for the Cubs, proved that he has not lost his deal-making magic that helped Boston win two world series in 2004 and 2007. Continue reading Jon Lester Signing: Theo Epstein Proves He Has Not Lost Deal-Making Magic »

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Bruins Weekly Roundup

December 9, 2014 at 9:00am in Bruins, NHL, Opinion, Rumors
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Jordan Eberle Trade Target

There’s been a lot of buzz lately on the Bruins and Edmonton talking trades, specifically with Jordan Eberle being a target the B’s would love. This makes sense to some degree– the Bruins are hurting for a scoring winger and the Oilers are just desperate to shake things up. However, I really don’t see any package that gets this deal done that makes sense for both teams. People love to throw out the old, Kelly+Spooner+pick but truthfully that doesn’t even come close to being a good offer. Ryan Spooner just doesn’t have the value of being a top prospect anymore. Truth hurts.

There was also a rumor today of Bruins/Oilers discussing Nail Yakupov, with Krug+ being thrown the other way. I just don’t see this happening either. The Oilers have a similar player in Justin Schultz and I sincerely doubt that Julien and Chiarelli would deal away Kessel and Seguin but would be comfortable being patient with Yakupov. Ain’t happening.

Tyler Seguin Flourishing

This is a conversation we’ll probably be having for a long time. The two sides have become, “We gave up on him too soon, he’s a star, maybe he didn’t fit in our scheme but at some point we have to adapt our scheme to fit in superstars like him,” or the counter, “Seguin refused to play defense, he was a problem off the ice, he’s not a team player. The value we got him was much better than what he would give us.” Continue reading Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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Jamie Collins had arguably his best game as a pro Sunday night as he recorded 9 tackles and two sacks. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Sunday night wasn’t pretty by any means, but games in December and January usually aren’t. Both the Patriots and Chargers needed the victory but each had their own reasons. The Patriots needed the win to keep pace in the AFC and hold onto the number one seed. The Chargers, on the other hand, needed the win to keep their playoff hopes alive against the competitive AFC field. With the offense not exactly looking sharp, the defense rose to the occasion on the road. Strong play all around defensively kept the Patriots in it long enough for Tom Brady and the offense to finally put it together. The end result was a bounce back win on the road, against a tough, playoff-caliber team.

- “Next man up,” has always been the Patriots philosophy, but no more so than the last two seasons. We all remember how decimated the team was with injuries last season, only to still make it to the AFC championship game. This year, they again lost Jerod Mayo for the season, and Sunday night saw Dont’a Hightower on the inactive list. Hightower had stepped up in a major way becoming the signal caller on the defense in Mayo’s absence. He along side Jamie Collins had successfully held down the linebacker positions. Without Hightower, a drop off in production could have been expected. Instead Jamie Collins played his best game as a pro. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Grind Out a Tough 23-14 Win Over Chargers »

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics

 

Celtics beat Lakers. My favorite sentence ever. To me, it’s synonymous with good defeats evil. I can never get tired of watching Boston beat L.A., regardless of how meaningless the game is. However, the game itself was not the primary storyline entering last evening. Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant sharing breakfast together somehow became breaking news, despite the fact that it has been well documented that the two are friendly.

Is Rondo going to join the Lakers? Is #9 betraying the Celtics? My only question is why would Rondo want to join the Lakers? After last night’s beatdown, the only allure this Lakers team has is Bryant’s presence. And with Rondo suggesting that their bond is built over their “a**hole” ways, wouldn’t their two strong personalities clash? Continue reading Celtics Defeat Lakers 113-96, All Is Right with the World »

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Sources say it wasn't Kobe trying to get Rondo's ear, but rather the other way around. (Bleacher Report/Getty Images)

The following is the latest in our SoB Satire series. Much of the following isn’t real or confirmed to be true, but we totally wish it was.

According to sources, it wasn’t “just two a–holes having breakfast” when Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant met for breakfast on Thursday morning, contrary to earlier reports.

The two players did engage in some light recruiting. But it wasn’t to see whether Rondo would consider signing with the Lakers. In reality, it was  the Celtics point guard recruiting the Lakers star over a side of bacon.

Continue reading SoB Satire: Sources Say Rondo Was Recruiting Kobe at Breakfast »

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Will Manziel leap-frog Hoyer this week? (photo courtesy of ESPN)

I’ll often point out or lampoon my own advice when it is not up to the Redraft King’s standard or mediocrity. However, in week 13, I struck gold. My only regret was that in the few daily fantasy sports line ups I submitted, I had Tre Mason and DeAndre Hopkins on different teams (but still made out just fine). So it is with much aplomb and patting-on-the-back I recap week 13.

Week 13 Recap:

Ben Roethlisberger torched the Saints secondary to the tune of 435 yards. Ryan Tannehill was dreadful on Monday night against the Jets. Colt McCoy was running around, avoiding the pass rush, and making top-1o plays like Robert Griffin III used to do–his rookie year. Both Big Ben and McCoy scored over 30 fantasy points.

Andre Ellington left the game early, and was ineffective before doing so. Daniel Herron made Trent Richardson look like a back up for the second week in a row. And Tre Mason turned in a highlight-reel style performance against the Raiders, and scored 40.4 fantasy points. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 14 Fantasy Football Advice »

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