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Red Sox Targeting David Price

By on November 26, 2015 at 7:56pm

Its no surprise to anyone that the Red Sox are planning to play at the top of the starting pitching market this offseason, both in trades and free agency. David Price has been seen as the top available arm, along with Zack Greinke and sometimes Johnny Cueto. Each would be a pretty significant upgrade over what the team currently has in its rotation, but there are legitimate risks associated as well. Those risks seem to make the trade market a more desirable upgrade route for the Red Sox, although Dave Dombrowski has strongly alluded to the free agent market as the most likely option to add a starter. This news came following the team’s acquisition of Craig Kimbrel from the Padres, though it wasn’t entirely surprising.

The story has gotten interesting over the past five days, as reports are now pouring in from reputable sources that the Red Sox are prepared to be the highest bidder for Price’s services. Ken Rosenthal made the first public connection on Monday, though that was allegedly more his own opinion than real speculation. But he then followed with a report of a handful of teams who should have the best shot at landing Price, with the Red Sox included as a favorite. Buster Olney followed by reporting his “high expectation” that the Red Sox would outbid the field on Price, and Tom Verducci concurred. There could be some pack mentality going on, based on the obvious fit between team and player, but that is a lot of agreeing from a lot of different sources.

But the biggest domino fell on Wednesday when Peter Gammons reported that his industry sources agree with the speculation. Not to say that Gammons has never been wrong, but he is one of the more plugged-in reporters in the country, so his opinion should carry a good deal of weight. Nothing appears close at the moment, but with so many people saying the same thing it appears that momentum could be building toward an agreement in the near future. Fans will want to stay tuned to the situation, especially as we get closer to the start of the Winter Meetings in December.

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James White crosses the goal line for his first NFL touchdown and gave the Patriots the 10-3 lead just before halftime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Monday night was far from pretty but the Patriots stand at 10-0 and could officially clinch the AFC East next week. With the offense devastated by injuries, the defense played some of its best football of the season. The offense is clearly dealing with communication and trust issues with all the new pieces being plugged in along the way. For the first time in weeks the offensive line was healthy but ironically it was the worst they’ve looked all year. Tom Brady’s most reliable receiver with zero dropped passes, Danny Amendola, left with an apparent knee injury. After his exit they had three healthy receivers. One was Matthew Slater and another was Chris Harper who has never caught an NFL pass. With all that they still made the plays to win a divisional game in prime time.

– Aside from a few big plays the defense showed again how good they can be. The front seven was holding contain on Tyrod Taylor for the majority of the game. Pressure caused by the pass rush directly led to multiple poorly thrown passes. LeSean McCoy did break the 27-yard touchdown run but was held to just 55 rushing yards other than that. By his standards that’s a relatively calm day. Rob Ninkovich continued his solid campaign by adding another 1.5 sacks and pressuring Taylor throughout. Rotating defensive linemen throughout the game has paid off for the Patriots as each group knows exactly what their job is, and they’re doing it well. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 11: Defense Leads Battered Patriots to Victory Over Bills 20-13 »

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Tom Brady (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)


* Starters on offense not available – Solder, Wendell, Devlin, Lewis, Edelman, Amendola

* Marcus Cannon should be charged for crimes against humanity – has to be the worst game by an offensive line man in the history of the game

* Why running left – wasn’t working

* Wow Scott Chandler taken down in the flat one on one by a cornerback (even depleted offense – and he can’t break in)

* Could be the worst offensive line in the history of the sport

* James White finally broke a tackle and scored

* Was Gronk sick or something – more commercials than catches

* Amendola injury looked bad / If Dobson was a horse they would have shot him already


* Could Malcom Butler be the best corner in the game right now? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win Despite Cannon’s Assassination Attempt on Brady »

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The Patriots take on the Bills at Gillette Stadium for a Monday Night Football match up that is sure to have plenty of fireworks. The Patriots have dominated the Bills for the entire Brady-Belichick era with the Pats going 26-3 since 2001. However Buffalo is reinvigorated with new head coach Rex Ryan, a rival to the establishment that is the Patriots in the AFC. The Bills have won their last two games against AFC East opponents and find themselves in the playoff hunt.

They come to New England on a chilly night with the forecast predicting temperatures dropping into the 20’s as the game gets underway. The cold weather is something the Bills have overcome in the past, being a cold weather team like New England, but one thing they have had trouble with is winning on Monday Night Football where they haven’t recorded a victory since 1999, Tom Brady’s senior year at Michigan. Continue reading Patriots and Bills Set To Do Battle on Monday Night Football »

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1. Patriots – Bills Preview:

* Brady is 40-13 in November / 13-6 on Monday Nights / 95-15 at home / 24-3 against the Bills

* For Rex – average women’s foot is a size 7.5

* Love ESPN coming to town – when does the Mortenson chant start?

* Don’t forget traffic

* Only two things that scare me against Patriots are running QB’s and tight ends – Tyrod Taylor has run for 20 yards plus – 5 times / Charles Clay has 40 receptions this year

* Active in the secondary – Darby and Gilmore have combined for 33 pass deflections

2. Around the NFL:

* Ravens tattle tale curse continues – Flacco out for the year Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots vs. Rex »

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1. Edelman vs. Brady in College:

Edelman….4,997 yards passing / 30 TD / 2,483 yards rushing

Brady………4,773 yards passing / 30 TD / NEGATIVE 150 yards rushing

2. Best local team player of all time:

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Bobby Orr
  3. Ted Williams
  4. Bill Russell
  5. Larry Bird
  6. Pedro
  7. Phil Esposito
  8. John Hannah
  9. David Ortiz
  10. Cam Neely

Honorable Mention – Gary Doak Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Another Sunday With No Patriots – UGH »

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Isaiah Thomas had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but fumbled the ball much like the Celtics fumbled an early 18-point lead to the Dallas Mavericks. (USA Today)

Do you remember those Kevin Garnett commercials after the Boston Celtics won the NBA title in Year One of the Big Three era? “It’s all about eighteen.”

The 2015-16 Celtics may not be quite ready to contend for the franchise’s 18th championship, but Wednesday’s loss was all about the number 18: the first quarter lead the Celtics held over the Dallas Mavericks before blowing it all in a 106-102 loss at home in the TD Garden.

A blown early lead isn’t particularly shocking in the NBA, as the tide almost always turns. (The Celtics could hardly be over .500 otherwise.) But what was frustrating was that the 31-13 advantage was just one of many sizable leads the Celtics held throughout the night. They led by 15 after one, 9 at halftime, 8 after three quarters, and another double digit lead early in the fourth. With less than eight minutes to play, Brad Stevens’s squad was still holding on to a seven point lead.

But alas, all good things must come to an end, and the Mavericks went on a run to take their first lead of the game (!) with 4:31 remaining. Behind Dirk Nowitzki’s ageless (and game high) 23 points, and Deron Williams’s improbable resurgence after escaping Brooklyn Nets purgatory, the Mavs surged ahead to a seven point lead of their own late in the game, and it seemed that the tide had irrevocably turned, with no winds to fill the Celtics’ sails.

But these overachieving Celtics, as Stevens has always had them do, scrapped their way back into the game by forcing some timely turnovers, making some big shots, and getting some help from Raymond Felton at the charity stripe. That left the Celtics with the ball in Isaiah Thomas’s hands, trailing by two with the clock winding down. The script was on schedule.

But Thomas lost his handle as he tried to drive into the lane, the Mavs’ Williams upped his streak of consecutive free throws to 30 to start the season, and Mark Cuban got some measure of revenge for the ill fated Rajon Rondo trade last year by celebrating a Mavericks win on he parquet floor.

Not only did the loss drop the Celtics to 6-5, it represented a missed opportunity to capitalize on a doubly meaningful win. No, it wouldn’t have counted twice in the win column, but the Celtics own the Mavericks top-seven protected pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Adding to the Dallas loss total while also walking away with a win would have helped the Celtics cause both this year and next year by perhaps inching the Mavericks that much closer to the back-end of the NBA lottery. Blast!

Luckily, the Celtics are going to have two more chances to help their own cause in more than one way with a home-and-home against the one and only Brooklyn Nets. The Nets, of course, owe the Celtics their unprotected first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft thanks to their trade for Paul Pierce and “all about eighteen” star Kevin Garnett. And with just two wins on the season (really, Rockets and Hawks??) are poised to deliver a prime pick at the top of the lottery. A couple of wins over their divisional counterparts will only push those lottery odds higher (can you say Ben Simmons??).

Hopefully the Celtics can do a better job of improving their playoff odds for both this season and next against the Nets than they did against the Mavericks. That way the next “all about eighteen” is actually about another Celtics championship, not a lost opportunity in November.

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