First, it was Johnny Damon. Now, another longtime Red Sox center fielder is going to the Yankees. Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees on a 7-year deal, according to ESPN. The deal is reportedly for more money than the $142 million deal that Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox after the 2010 season.
Ellsbury hit .298/.355/.426 with 9 home runs and 53 RBI last year for the World Series Champion Red Sox. He scored 92 runs and stole a league-high 52 bases in 56 attempts.
But, Ellsbury turned 30 in September. Are his best days behind him? Continue reading Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees on 7-Year Deal »
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It’s December 3rd, 2013, and the World Champion Boston Red Sox have finally made their first foray into the free agent market. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported this morning that the Red Sox have signed backstop AJ Pierzynski, signaling the end to the Jarrod Saltalamacchia era. As the details of the contract were slowly released, it was learned that Pierzynski will earn $8.25 over one year, pending a physical. Signing Pierzynski fills the largest hole the Red Sox had this offseason and gives more understanding to this offseason’s plan, as well as the catcher situation going forward. Continue reading Red Sox Sign Pierzynski to One-Year Deal, Say Goodbye to Saltalamacchia »
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Houston Texan Antonio Smith clearly got his bell rung a few too many times during Sunday’s Patriots’ game. He claims that Bill Belichick somehow secretly spied on the Texans, which helped Tom Brady and the boys win the game in the second half. Correct me if I am wrong, but Belichick and the offensive and defensive coordinators had plenty of time to watch them play live, on the field, in the first half.
Not to mention, they had the full week of tape review before the game. Last time I checked, that was considered doing your homework. Sore loser Smith should have been watching tape on the Patriots last week. The not-so-Patriotic trend all season has been white-knuckle, gritty wins in the second half. Get a clue, Antonio; crack a book or turn on the TV. Continue reading Another Spygate? Texans’ Antonio Smith Suspicious of Patriots »
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The 2013 Patriots remind me of Dice K in 2008 when he went 18-3, but seemingly had the bases loaded against him every inning – how are they doing it?
* Good second half
* Not reading defenses and blitzes as well this year
* Brady’s lack of accuracy caused Thompkins injury
* Touchdown to Gronk – terrible pass forcing an open Gronk to make an amazing catch
* He keeps winning
* How about that Jim Nance run by James Develin
* Edelman as Dan Dierdorf said is a real football player
* Patriots are on pace to win twelve games without one pro-bowler on offense (maybe Solder but his game has depreciated) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: College Football’s Greatest Day, Patriots Win, Turkey Sandwiches »
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Last year around this time, the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to a 3-year, $39 million contract. After a physical, Napoli was found to have a degenerative hip condition called avascular necrosis. Napoli’s contract was subsequently reduced to a one-year, $5 million deal with $8 million in incentives. From there, Napoli had a solid season and the Red Sox became World Champions. Now, Mike Napoli is a free agent.
Who now doesn’t wish that the original three-year contract had stood pat?
Coming Back to Beantown
Napoli has not been shy with his desire to return to Boston. Continue reading Finding a First Baseman for the Red Sox: Napoli, Hart, Trumbo? »
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The Patriots offense is still trying to find its identity and Kenbrell Thompkins needs to be a part of it. Because he is the type of selfless player that the team cultivates, Thompkins himself would never say this but his play on the field does.
Thompkins, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Cincinnati, wasn’t on the radar until the team’s offseason camp started and he emerged as a target that Tom Brady seemed comfortable with among the new crop of rookie wide receivers. Thompkins status as the trusted wide out was only cemented during the preseason as he caught 15 passes for 166 yards to lead all Patriots receivers in both categories.
His performance even garnered praise from Brady who said, “Since [Thompkins] got here he’s been so willing and eager to do whatever it takes.” He then added, “He’s done a great job.” Continue reading The Case for Kenbrell Thompkins »
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Carlos Ruiz? The Red Sox were interested but not for more than two years, so he went to the Phillies. Brian McCann? Big name, big bat, and he seemed like a good fit, but it came down to years again, so he’ll be in pinstripes for the foreseeable future. Jose Molina resigned with the Rays, Branyan Pena went to the Reds, and Dioner Navarro is rumored to be close to a deal. The list of catchers on the market is growing shorter by the minute, and the Red Sox are running out of time. With so few options left on the board what should be Ben Cherington’s next move?
Up the Ante for Saltalamacchia
It’s no secret that if the Red Sox really wanted Salty back next year, they would have offered him a qualifying offer of $14.1 million. At that point in the offseason, Salty would have jumped at that offer knowing he probably would not be able to match the annual value with a contract elsewhere. Now with so few catchers left on the market, Saltalamacchia’s price is rising. Continue reading Catching Market Dwindling for Red Sox »
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