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At the position of catcher, the Boston Red Sox have a combination of youth and experience in Christian Vazquez, Ryan Hanigan and top prospect Blake Swihart.

Vazquez proved dependable behind the plate last year. Dan Shaughnessy reported in a Boston Globe article last week about the growth and impact he had last season, specifically quickly turning plays and enduring the changing cast of characters on the mound. Even more impressive was Vazquez ability to be a consistent asset at the plate with bat in hand. Over 55 games and 175 at bats, after the call up to the majors, Vazquez slashed a .240/.308/.309. These are not overwhelming numbers, but with 20 RBI and 19 drawn walks he made more of an impact than most by getting himself on base or assisting his teammates in crossing home plate. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Vazquez, Hanigan, Swihart »

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Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that he will be a free agent after the Patriots declined his option for next season. (Getty Images)

Vince Wilfork announced on Thursday that he had been informed by the Patriots that they would not be picking up the two year option in his contract. The move will make Wilfork, an 11-year veteran, a free agent to sign with any team. The move will save New England $8 million in salary cap space.

Continue reading Vince Wilfork, Patriots Part Ways After 11 Seasons »

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Mookie Betts could find himself the starter in center when spring training ends. (AP)

The Boston Red Sox had trouble with health as well as a lack of power and average in the outfield in 2014, but the additions of Hanley Ramirez, a healthy Shane Victorino and even the Cuban Rusney Castillo should be an upgrade of the minor leaguers and bench players the Red Sox had for most of last season. Sure, the trade of Yoenis Cespedes hurts the pop a bit, but it should should be an intriguing outfield to watch in spring training.

Left Field: Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava

Ramirez will see the bulk of the playing time in left, but Nava should be able to sneak a start here and there against a tough right-handed starter. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Ramirez, Victorino, Betts, Castillo, Nava »

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Current Personnel: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden

Key Free Agents: Stevan Ridley (UFA), Shane Vereen (UFA)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible Fits: Re-sign free agents, Jay Ajayi (Boise St.), David Cobb (Minn.), Terrence Magee (LSU)

The Patriots are at an interesting spot when it comes to the running back position. There is a chance that they could lose their two best backs in free agency while still not being sunk at the position. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back »

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Isaiah Thomas

The Boston Celtics have made an NBA high of 11 trades this season, which included two trades on the day of the NBA trade deadline. The trades involved sending Marcus Thornton and a future first round pick (2016 from the Cleveland Cavilers) to the Phoenix Suns, and in return the Celts received Isaiah Thomas. The other deal involved the C’s trading away Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons for Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome. The trade deadline was 12 days ago, but it appeared that Danny Ainge and the Celtics hit a home run.

WHAT DEADLINE GRADE SHOULD THE C’S RECEIVE?

Thomas was the big acquisition on February 19th, and he is a player that Ainge has coveted for over a year. It was reported after last season that Ainge was working on a deal with the Sacramento Kings, to acquire Thomas and other assets for Rajon Rondo. That proposed deal never gained any traction, as Rondo made it apparent that he would not sign a long-term deal with the Kings. Ainge found a way to get the player he so coveted for a very reasonable haul. Continue reading Looking Back: Grading the Celtics at the Trade Deadline »

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Another trade has come and gone and the Bruins have stayed out of the spot light once again. I’ve covered this topic before, and in the past I’ve stood by Peter Chiarelli’s relative inaction at the deadlines because the Bruins already had such a good core that it wasn’t necessary to go out and make a big deal. However, this time around I just can’t support Chiarelli. The Bruins have some major needs on their roster and he didn’t do much to address them.

All told he made 3 trades today of varying significance. While he was able to grab a couple nice pieces without giving up much of anything, he really didn’t do much to address the Bruins’ needs. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these trades, as well as an unfortunate transaction they may grow to hate.

2 Second Round picks for Brett Connolly

Early this morning the Bruins traded their second round picks in 2015 and 2016 to the Tamba Bay Lightning for RW Brett Connolly. Connolly was the 6th overall pick in 2010, the year the Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin, and has some offensive upside. He’s a speedy player with a quick release and good hockey IQ. Like Ryan Spooner, he hasn’t been able to fully develop into a top 6 forward on an NHL roster but will get a fresh look in Boston. Continue reading Bruins Dissapoint at the Trade Deadline »

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

The Bruins acquired right wing Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning early Monday morning for two second round picks. The two picks will be the Bruins natural selections in the 2015 and 216 drafts. Connolly, 22, was drafted sixth overall in the 2010 draft, just four selections after the Bruins picked Tyler Seguin.

Connolly, who is 6’2” 181 pounds, will add size to the right wing position. He has 12 goals and three assists in 50 games this season. In his NHL career, he has 18 goals and 14 assists in 134 games. He also scored 31 goals in the 2012-2013 AHL season which led the league. Connolly is a restricted free agent after this season, which gives the team the opportunity to keep him around beyond the 2015 campaign.

The Bruins could still possibly make more moves ahead of the deadline. They will play their next game at home Thursday against Calgary.

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