The Red Sox continued their offseason of handing out above-market contracts to players that don’t blow you away with their stats, but who are all considered solid, productive players with flexibility and great clubhouse presence. Yesterday’s addition was outfielder Shane Victorino, who finished last season with the Dodgers after playing the majority of his career with the Phillies. The Red Sox additions thus far – Johnny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Victorino are all players that fit the same mold.
As my good pal “Ironhead” posted on the messageboard last night – “The Sox blow it up in August in a payroll purge so they can start over with… Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli?”
We’ll see. The other way obviously wasn’t working.
Character not enough for Red Sox – Gordon Edes says that these signings will absolutely help the clubhouse, but if the team doesn’t upgrade the pitching, it doesn’t matter.
Short and sweet: Sox land Victorino, Napoli early on – Sean McAdam looks at why the Red Sox have struck so quickly.
Shane Victorino gives Boston Red Sox a Carl Crawford-type player at far less the cost – I hadn’t heard this comparison before, but Ron Chimelis attempts to make it.
Money to burn? Red Sox still have room to spend big after Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino – If you’re worried that the Red Sox signings will prevent them from making more big money moves, Alex Speier says that isn’t the case.
Shane Victorino deal adds fuel to Jacoby Ellsbury trade talks – The signing of Victorino immediately launched speculation of a trade of the Red Sox centerfielder. Scott Lauber runs through the options.
Patriots’ Brandon Lloyd victim game plan, not play – The Patriots receiver has been getting roasted on the radio and television airwaves. Curiously, Troy Brown has been leading the mob over the perceived disappointing season that Lloyd is having. Greg A Bedard looks at the role Lloyd has been used in, and shoots down most of the points the detractors have been making.
Beating Texans pivotal for Pats – Jonathan Comey looks at how critical this Monday night game is for the Patriots, and looks at the other AFC contenders.
J.J. Watt presents trouble – Karen Guregian looks at the Texans star, who certainly has the attention of Bill Belichick.
The Patriots lost top punt returner and emerging receiver Julian Edelman for the season yesterday when he was placed on Injured Reserve with a broken foot. Field Yates looks at punt return options for the Patriots.
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Boston College hires Steve Addazio of Temple as football coach – Julian Benbow looks at the new head football coach at The Heights.