Mike Napoli

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? »

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Carlos Beltran makes a catch over the Fenway Park wall during the 2013 World Series. He would exit the game later with a rib injury.

It feels like the Duck Boats are still being docked; yet the MLB hot stove is already warming up. George A. King, of the New York Post, is reporting that the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are interested in arguably the best player from the team they vanquished in the fall classic just nine days ago: Carlos Beltran.

King writes that, “the switch-hitting right fielder has drawn strong interest from the Yankees’ blood rivals.”

Of course, the Sox’ AL East rivals will not be sitting idly by while Boston pursues the greatest postseason hitter of our generation; both the Yankees and Orioles have interest in Beltran. According to King, however, the Sox have been “more aggressive” than their AL East compatriots. Continue reading Red Sox Interested in Carlos Beltran? »

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According to CBS Sports, the Mavericks and Pistons are two teams that have expressed interest in acquiring Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.  With the Celtics rebuilding process well under way, teams are beginning to think Rondo can be had for the right price.

Danny Ainge has repeatedly told teams that he does not intend to trade Rondo, but is always willing to listen to offers from other teams. In addition to their pursuit of Dwight Howard, Ken Berger of CBS reports that the Mavericks intend to also pursue a trade for Rondo.
Continue reading Pistons and Mavericks Interested in Acquiring Rajon Rondo »

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(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Welcome to the most exciting part of the NBA off-season Celtics fans: Free Agency!

Unfortunately for Boston, the Celtics rebuilding phase has taken over the spotlight, so the expectations of signing any big-time free-agents this summer are abnormally low.

After trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, the Celtics have officially begun to take baby steps towards the construction of another championship team. Here are some of the important questions surrounding the franchise that will go a long way into determining when it will be competitive once again. Continue reading Celtics Off-Season Questions: Trade Rondo? Sign Smith? »

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Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin could possibly find their way out of Boston in the next few weeks

It has been quite a hectic few weeks in Boston sports. Just about a week following the crushing Bruins loss in Game 6 to the Chicago Blackhawks, the B’s have taken no time off as the NHL Draft takes place this weekend.

In a tweet early Saturday afternoon, Bob Mckenzie of TSN Canada tweeted that Bruins forward Nathan Horton will explore free agency come July 5th:

Continue reading Bruins Off-Season Heating Up: Seguin Trade Talks, Horton Tries Free Agency »

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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (NESN.com)

Doc Rivers in now the coach the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are almost members of the Brooklyn Nets. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that a blockbuster deal between the Nets and Celtics has gotten to ‘ownership level’, meaning that the deal has been agreed upon by the teams’ respective managements and just needs ownership approval to be taken to the league for completion.

The proposed deal would send Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, three future first-round picks, and at least one other Net player. The picks the Celtics would receive would be the Nets 2014, 2016, and 2018 picks.
Continue reading Celtics Close to Trading Pierce and Garnett to Nets »

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve been covering prospects that may be available for the Celtics to select in tonight’s NBA draft. With the Celtics future up in the air, the team is looking to add talent that can blossom into an NBA player for the team, or develop into an asset the team can use in a trade.

The Celtics own the NBA’s 16th pick. Let’s quickly recap who we believe could be available for the Celtics when they draft:

Gorgui Dieng

Dieng is an athletic 6’11” center from Louisville who hustles on defense and has a decent stroke from mid-range. The knock on Dieng is that he’s already 23, so room for him to develop is more limited than a lot of other players in the draft. The Celtics need a center and Dieng would be a solid option for them, maybe even a starter on the right team, just don’t expect him to blossom into a star.
Continue reading Celtics 2013 Draft Primer »

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