By Brian MacPhersonWith the signing of Mike Napoli to a two-year, $32 million contract on Friday night, barring a trade to free up payroll or a decision to go beyond the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, the Red Sox all but wrapped up their big-ticket free-agent shopping. There appears to be less than $10 million remaining between their payroll as it stands and the luxury-tax ceiling -- a number they've tried to avoid clearing in recent years. While Boston has lost Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ben Cherington has brought back Napoli while adding catcher A.J. Pierzynski and...
CSN Washington 8 hours ago
Mike Napoli, the free agent first baseman with the bushy beard reached agreement with the World Series champions Friday on a two-year contract for $32 million.
Boston Globe 15 hours ago
First baseman Mike Napoli made it clear after the World Series that he wanted to stay with the Red Sox. He liked his first season in Boston so much that he stuck around for a few weeks after the World Series.
The Republican 15 hours ago
According to reports, Napoli will be back with the Red Sox for the next two seasons, and he might've taken less pay to make it happen.
Peter Gammons | Gammons Daily 9 hours ago
John Tomase (@jtomase) of the Boston Herald talks about Mike Napoli returning to Boston on a 2-year, $32 million deal… Jacoby Ellsbury told us all year he loved Boston and wanted to stay, and no one believed him. But when Mike Napoli said the same thing, it contained the ring of truth. Now we know […]
The Yankees just made it official with Hiroki Kuroda. Here’s the release… The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year Major League contract, extending through the 2014 season. Kuroda, 38, went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA (201.1IP, 74ER) in 32 starts with the Yankees in 2013. He […]The post Yankees announce Kuroda signing appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.
Yankees Blog | ESPN New York 6 hours ago
Here is our news story on Hiroki Kuroda's return. The Yankees have now made it official with this release: The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year Major League contract, extending through the 2014 season. Kuroda, 38, went 11-13 with a...
River Ave. Blues 5 hours ago
The Yankees have officially re-signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract, the team announced. The two sides finalized the $16M deal Thursday night. Welcome back, #HIROK. Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogIt’s official: Kuroda’s backPost from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogIt’s official: Kuroda’s back
Some more stories and notes to go with our earlier edition. 1. THREE YEARS: The Yankees had a three-year, $39 million offer for Carlos Beltran on the table for two weeks, sources tell ESPN New York. The deal would have been $15 million the first two years and $9 million the final season. The Yankees upped it to three for $45 million on Friday night to seal the deal. The Arizona Diamondbacks offered a little more, but Beltran wanted the Yankees. 2.
Chicago Tribune 6 hours ago
ESPN.com reports : The Yankees and free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran have agreed to terms on a three-year, $45 million deal, sources said.
Yesterday, the Mets agreed to sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract, according to multiple reports. Granderson did not receive a no-trade clause in his contract with the Mets (Heyman).
MetsBlog 10 hours ago
Yesterday afternoon, David Wright spoke with reporters about the Mets agreeing to sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson, and said he reached out to Granderson unsolicited early in the off-season to express his desire for him to join the Mets this winter. “I’ve always been a fan,” Wright said, according to Marc Carig of Newsday. […]
KFFL 6 hours ago
Updating a previous report, New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson's four-year, $60 million contract does ...
Rotoworld 4 hours ago
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Curtis Granderson's deal with the Yankees does not include a no-trade clause.
David Ortiz thought the Yankees would step up for Robinson Cano. "I couldn't believe the Yankees let that walk away," Ortiz said on WEEI Radio in Boston. "He's the face, as long as he played for the Yankees, he was the face of that ballclub. He was backing up everybody." Ortiz and Cano are friends so it is not surprising that he would speak so highly of Cano. The Yankees wanted to keep Cano, just at their price. They offered $175 million for seven years, which is pittance compared to the 10-year, $240 million that Cano received from Seattle.
Seattle Times 3 hours ago
Late start this morning since Pearl Jam decided to play till past midnight. Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay were there taking in the show. There is nothing new on the Robinson Cano front. I’m guessing we won’t have an official announcement till sometimes next week. Cano still has to take a ful
Seattle Times 6 hours ago
By Sam Thomsen Sam Thomsen is a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop whose passions are baseball, the Mariners and writing. He has been following the Mariners since he could walk and in October contributed a Take 2 urging the Mariners to sign Robinson Cano. On Friday, Cano reached agree
Things MAY change next week. Unless there's a setback, Deron Williams, who hasn't played a full game since November 13, will return Tuesday vs. the Celtics. There's also a chance that Jason Terry is nearing a return. He'll be re-evaluated by the team medical staff on Monday. But until, then the Nets medical report still reads like an infirmary list. D-Will, Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and Paul Pierce are all out again Saturday vs. the Bucks.That means either Shaun Livingston or Tyshawn Taylor will start at point guard and Alan Anderson at small forward. D-Will, Pierce, Kirilenko, Terry out...
Rotoworld 7 hours ago
Deron Williams (ankle) will not play on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at shootaround that forward Luol Deng is a game-time decision with a calf injury. The Bulls host Detroit on Saturday at the United Center. Thibodeau initially did not mention Deng's injury, then Joakim Noah told reporters Deng might not play because of an Achilles injury. Deng has been rolling lately. In the last five games, he averaging 27.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shooting 53.2 percent from the field. If Deng can't play, the Bulls would presumably start Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell at the wing spots. Jimmy Butler is still not ready to...
Rotoworld 1 hour ago
Luol Deng (calf) will not play in Saturday's game.
By Tim BrittonBOSTON -- Coming into the winter, general manager Ben Cherington identified two major needs in the bullpen. The first was for a reliever with the ability to get ground-ball outs. A minor trade with Milwaukee last month landed Burke Badenhop and his career 54.6 percent ground-ball rate. The second hole was for a reliable back-end reliever with closing experience. The Red Sox filled that officially when they announced the signing of right-hander Edward Mujica on Saturday. "We were hoping to add one more guy who could protect us at the back of the game, someone with experience...
The Republican 1 hour ago
At one point in 2013, Mujica had comparable numbers to Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, but the Cardinals' reliever never came off the bench during the World Series.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out Jay Cutler from Saturday’s practice, but coach Marc Trestman stressed the quarterback didn’t suffer a setback in his rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain. Cutler returned to practice on Thursday, and worked two days before the team decided to rest him. “We kept Jay out today. There’s no residual effect from the work he did the last couple of days,” Trestman said. “We just chose to rest him today.
Windy City Gridiron 3 hours ago
Jay Cutler's out for this week against the Cowboys. Who else is out? Who's playing injured? The big news this week is that Lance Briggs and Jay Cutler are still out as the Bears' playoff hopes continue to vaporize before our eyes. While I'm not sure either player is transcendent enough to take the...
Plenty of highlights to choose from for the Atlanta Hawks but we pay tribute to Kyle Korver's streak. Twitter reaction and the Peachtree Hoops game thread roll call.
Peachtree Hoops 8 hours ago
Kyle Korver talked with SportSouth's Andre Aldridge following Friday's game and again credited his teammates for his record three-point streak. Kyle Korver's admitted to being nervous about his streak over the last two games but finally has the NBA record for consecutive games with a made three-pointer...
Martell Webster had to be carried off the court Friday when he hurt his left ankle but was able to get up shots at practice. Al Harrington had irritation in his knee and is going to visit the doctor again.
The day after Chris Petersen was formally hired by Washington, the Huskies will return to practice today in preparation for a bowl game. Petersen is scheduled to arrive in Seattle today. It's unclear if . We'll keep you posted Links: --- Once again, our main story wrapping up the Huskies search, and how they wooed Petersen away. --- The AP's final story on Petersen's hire. --- From the Idaho Statesman: A sad day in Boise after Petersen left quickly and quietly. “I’m from Washington, so I’m excited for him,” former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore told the Statesman. “I think...
Here is a wrap-up of the injury situation for the Cleveland Browns heading into this week's game against the New England Patriots: At the quarterback position, Jason Campbell was cleared to play, and he will start against the Patriots. Brandon Weeden has been ruled out with a concussion. If something happens to Campbell, the coaching staff did not reveal who would be the next guy in between Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney. Craig Robertson and Tank Carder were both listed as questionable this week, so I would expect them to return to action, with Robertson in the starting lineup. Everybody...
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has said he wants a guy with NFL head coaching experience to replace the fired Gary Kubiak. Among the available candidates who have been mentioned, Broncos’ defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is right there with Lovie Smith for the second-most head coaching experience. Smith was the Chicago Bears’ head coach [...]
Rajon Rondo (ACL surgery) has pushed back his meeting with Dr. James Andrews.
Pitta will be eligible to play this Sunday against the Vikings. Dennis Pitta is officially back on the Ravens' 53-man roster. After numerous reports flooded Twitter, the Ravens made the move official by announcing it on their personal account. #Ravens have activated TE Dennis Pitta to the active roster.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 7, 2013 It was expected that Pitta, who was on the injured reserve-designated to return list, would be back on the roster before Sunday's game against the Vikings. Now comes the waiting game part two, which is whether Pitta will be among the 46 players...
A second-round pick out of Mississippi State, Darius Slay injured his knee in practice Thursday in what Lions coach Jim Schwartz called a 'freak' accident. According to ESPN, he tore the meniscus in his knee.
SAN ANTONIO – Dallas ruled out cornerback Mo Claiborne for Chicago, but receiver/return man Dwayne Harris is questionable after limited participation in Saturday’s practice. Both have hamstring injuries. Claiborne has missed three of the last four games, including the Thanksgiving Day win over Oakland. Harris is among the NFL’s top punt and kickoff returners, but Read More
The final injury report for both teams. When the Arizona Cardinals play the St. Louis Rams, they might be without starting quarterback Carson Palmer. He was limited again in practice, doing actually only a little bit of throwing. Head coach Bruce Arians said that Palmer would be "a game time decision" on Sunday, but also added that he believes Palmer would be able to go. At the same time, he also expressed confidence in backup Drew Stanton has not played in a game until 2010. Tight end Rob Housler also is questionable for the game. The rest of the team that appeared on the injury report...