Monday night, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew all declined their qualifying offers from the Red Sox. In doing so, they forfeited a guaranteed 1-year $14.1 million deal to test the market. This does not mean these players will not be on the Opening Day roster next year, but it does somewhat clarify the Red Sox’s offseason plan. Since this is only the second offseason in which the qualifying offer rule has been in play, it is probably best to understand what this rule does.
What are Qualifying Offers?
Up until late November of 2011 there were three types of free agents: Type A, Type B, and everyone else. Under this system, if the Red Sox offered arbitration to their Type A free agent and that player signed elsewhere, the Red Sox would gain the other team’s first round draft pick and a compensatory pick. For Type B free agents the Red Sox would only receive a compensatory pick. Continue reading Trio of Red Sox Decline Their Qualifying Offers; What Happens Now? »
Tags: Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox, Carl Crawford, Carlos Beltran, Giancarlo Stanton, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Red Sox, Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts
The Bruins once again dominated the best team in the division during an early Monday afternoon game. Boston beat the Tampa Bay Lighting by a score of 3-0.
This is the Bruins’ third straight win after going through a tough five-game stretch in which they only won a single game. This game was also the fourth in a five-game home-stand. After beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Lightning on Monday, the Bruins beat two of the three teams ahead of them in the division. Continue reading Bruins Dominate Division-Leading Lightning Again »
Tags: atlantic division, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Daniel Paille, Detroit Red Wings, Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tuuka Rask
Thursday Night 8:00 PM – CBS Sports Channel – Documentary Marching On based mostly on my book The President’s Team
1. Around the NFL:
* Why not to bet – Rams 38-8 over Colts / Jaguars over Titans
* Big win for Patriots with Ravens beating Bengals, who have a tiebreaker over Pats
* Giants, Steelers, Falcons and Packers are 13-23
* How does Megatron not get double coverage every game?
* Tavon Austin on the Rams had 314 total yards
* Racist Riley Cooper is on pace for 12 TD’s this year
2. Around College Football:
* Texas talked about firing their coach and USC did – now they are both in the mix
* UCLA Linebacker Myles Jack had 8 tackles and fumble recovery and then got forced into action as running back went for 120 yards one six carries / 1 TD
* Hats off to Boston College they are going to a bowl when this things all over
* Duke scored three TD’s in 26 seconds – Devon Edwards two TD’s off interceptions and one return TD Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Off, Celtics Need to Lose, Red Sox 100 Days to Spring Training »
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As the Patriots slide into their bye week with a 7-2 record and with nine dysfunctional, injury prone weeks of the NFL season behind us, it is time for some reflection. The Patriots offense has not looked like the powerhouse it was once and even Brady has had his fair share of struggles. The young receiving core has been inconsistent but slowly making some progress. Luckily, Rob Gronkowski is back to provide some spark and reliability to the offense.
One receiver that was supposed to have a much bigger impact on this offense was Danny Amendola, who the Patriots signed this off-season. Amendola has been relatively quiet, spending most of days on the sidelines nursing his nagging injuries. This leads to the question: Has Amendola produced enough to prove he was worth signing in the off-season? Continue reading Has Danny Amendola Been Worth the Signing? »
Tags: Danny Amendola, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker
Considering that a solid portion of their roster has been decimated by injuries, it’s a pretty big surprise that the Patriots made no defensive moves during their bye week.
The Patriots did however release the injury prone Austin Collie. Collie was practically useless, recording only three receptions for 34 yards in his brief four-game stint with New England. Collie’s case wasn’t helped by the fact that he injured his knee during the Patriots game against the Steelers.
To fill Collie’s roster spot, the team signed wide receiver LaQuan Williams. He was previously with the Baltimore Ravens who waived him earlier this year. He will likely see time on special teams more so than at receiver. Continue reading Patriots Bye Week Update: Roster Moves, Incognito-Martin Fallout »
Tags: Austin Collie, Bill Belichick, Broncos, cierre wood, e.j. manuel, Geno Smith, Jonathan Martin, laquan williams, Logan Mankins, panthers, Peyton Manning, Ravens, Richie Incognito, Tom Brady, Tommy Kelly
It’s been just over a week since the Red Sox were crowned World Champions and now everyone’s eyes are set towards 2014. There is no doubt that Ben Cherington did a masterful job this year, look at the end result. The question is whether he is capable of a repeat performance. Here are what I believe to be the three keys to the offseason:
1. Sign Jacoby Ellsbury on your terms or let him walk
Jacoby Ellsbury is a game changer. He gets on base, steals with remarkable efficiency (52 for 56 during the regular season), and plays gold glove defense. The power from 2011 is an outlier, and, as a result, a great player but not a franchise player. Cherington showed last off season that there is a need for discipline when signing players long-term. The Red Sox should hold a firm line around a 5 year 90 million dollar contract. Anything more and the Red Sox should let Ellsbury walk and pick up the draft picks. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is by no means a lock to be a great player, so don’t be surprised if Cherington goes out to get a veteran outfielder as insurance. Continue reading Three Keys to the Red Sox Offseason: Ellsbury Decision, Catchers, Napoli »
Tags: Brian McCann, David Ross, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, MLB Free Agency, Red Sox, Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts