Ben Cherington, Red Sox Send Clear Message With Blockbuster

When Ben Cherington ascended to the position of GM of the Red Sox, he made sure to call attention to his own deliberate style, noting that he tends to gather as much information as possible and not rush into decisions.

I’ll admit, I’ve had my moments where I felt that this quality of my NH homeboy would work against him when it came to being able to pull off big deals.

With his historic blockbuster deal today, Cherington has made it clear that he is capable of thinking and performing big. In one move, he was able to hit a giant reset button and do what many thought impossible – find someone to take Josh Beckett, and clear out the enormous salaries of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, while still getting something in return.

That someone was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who, with new ownership, are looking to make a big slash. They’ve wanted Gonzalez, a Southern California native who had his best years down the road in San Diego, and to get him, they were willing to take on the contracts of Beckett and Crawford.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston was in the lead on this story:

However, in a column that sure seems prophetic, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times pretty much proposed this deal on Thursday morning:

Directing the dream of Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers

While Larry Lucchino was heavily involved in this deal, working extensively with his Dodgers counterpart Stan Kasten, this deal belongs to Cherington, who in one swoop corrected a number of organizational mistakes, removed a lightning rod from the clubhouse, and put the team in a position to be able to build the team he wants going forward.

His press conference announcing the deal showed a confident Cherington, who had the answers, and was eager to start the process of building the team he wants to build.

The offseason has begun for the Red Sox. I wasn’t crazy with the idea of dumping Gonzalez, but I’m not overly broken up over his departure either. While he was terrific last season, and showed signs of late of rounding into form, (he also hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with the Dodgers tonight.) he just never quite captured the affection of the fans as much as we hoped.

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On a completely unrelated note, I felt really, really bad for Don Criqui last night. At 72, he’s still got the voice, but just cannot keep up with the action, and keep his facts straight. I lost track of the player misidentifications, the errors (Nate Ebner was not a “free agent” from Ohio State.) and just general confusion that was on display in that telecast last night.

It’s time for the Krafts to make a move on their preseason telecasts.

Celtics Green Lost For Season, Mayo Locked Up With Pats For Five

The Celtics announced today that Jeff Green has been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm148190220939046912, and will miss the 2011-2012 season. He is expected to make a full recovery and is expect to be ready to play next season.

Here’s some reaction to the news:

What Green’s loss means to C’s – Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston.

JEFF GREEN WILL MISS THE 2011-12 SEASON – Paul Flannery, WEEI.com

Green to have surgery for aortic aneurysm; out for year – A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE.com

Jeff Green will miss entire season – Gary Washburn, Boston Globe.

ESPN’s Ric Bucher adds some thoughts on what the Celtics will do with Green’s contract:

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Yeah. The aneurysm is totally on Danny. Totally. John Dennis is rapidly climbing the “Enemies List” for this week…

I mean, really? I think we have a candidate for stupidest tweet in the history of Twitter.  Jeff Green should be pissed because Danny’s hubris gave him an aortic aneurysm. Can he sue?

Of course, the big part of this is that this physical potentially saved Green’s life. That shouldn’t be overlooked.

With the Patriots, Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Patriots have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Jerod Mayo.

Rather than been viewed as a positive, some are viewing this as bad news for Wes Welker, whose contract is up at the end of the season.

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I don’t think Welker is going anywhere. Either the Patriots will tag him, or he’ll get a new deal. Many view Mayo as underwhelming, but his coaches and teammates rave about him, and he’s showing signs of becoming the playmaker his critics say he isn’t. It’s a great move to get him locked up through his prime.

Sunday Notes and Links

A quick look at some of the material out there in the local newspapers and websites.

First of all, I’d like to send condolences to my good friend Chad Finn, who lost his mom last week.

Red Sox come together as they grind through injuries – Sean McAdam has this Red Sox team forming its own personality as it battles adversity.

Baylor is feeling skipped over in managerial mix – Nick Cafardo’s baseball notes have Don Baylor wondering why he can’t get another chance in the big chair. Nick also thinks that it is super-cool that “Astros catcher Jason Castro hails from Castro Valley, Calif.”

For tight-knit Sox, family matters – John Tomase’s baseball notes has the Red Sox clubhouse looking like a  kindergarten these days.

New Marshall in town makes Miami tougher – Albert Breer has picked the Dolphins to win the AFC East this season, and Brandon Marshall is a big reason for that pick.

Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats – Mike Reiss has 10 NFL/Patriots thoughts. He also has a profile on David Givens and his new smoothie business.

Patriots’ Success or Failure Against Jets Will Determine Fate in 2010 – Jeff Howe looks at the matchups between the two AFC East rivals.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick anticipates training camp full of “interesting” position battles – Ian Rapoport looks at the many defensive positional battles that Patriots training camp will hold.

Draft has turned into a glorified trade show – Gary Washburn says that the NBA Draft is broken, with players taken strictly on potential, and with teams constantly trading because they don’t like the players available.

Pickin’ apart draft results – Mark Murphy grades the winners and losers from the NBA draft.

Celtics’ future hangs on Rivers – Scott Souza looks at the importance of retaining Rivers for the Celtics.

Peter Chiarelli’s busy as a B – Stephen Harris notes that Peter Chiarelli was a very busy and popular man yesterday.