The Red Sox continue their domination of the print and airwaves after having traded shortstop Edgar Renteria to the Atlanta Braves for their top prospect and a whole lot of cash. Chris Snow reports on Renteria’s exit after only a single season in Boston. Michael Silverman & Tony Massarotti report that this was a very costly trade for the Red Sox, who will be paying the Braves an average of $4 million per year for the next three years. Sean McAdam notes that this move ensures that the Red Sox will have a completely new infield next season. David Heuschkel examines further the reasons that led to Renteria’s departure a year after being signed as a prized free agent. Joe Haggerty, Alex Speier and David Borges also report on the exit of Renteria, leaving the Red Sox without an everyday shortstop for the moment, at least.
Bob Ryan has a column on the trade, as he looks at Renteria’s tenure here and the expectations that we, and Theo Epstein had of the shortstop upon his arrival. Tony Massarotti wonders just what is the plan here for the Red Sox, not just as shortstop, but in a lot of areas. Another incident took place last night which had Red Sox fans buzzing about if another high profile shortstop could somehow find his way to Boston. Michael Silverman reports that Miguel Tejada has requested a trade out of Baltimore and one of his preferred destinations is Boston. Gordon Edes also looks at Tejada’s request, as well as the other moves that the Red Sox have made this offseason. Jon Couture says that the team has shown they’re not afraid to shake things up, and they’re really done that this offseason.
The two headed monster of Massarotti & Silverman also report that the Red Sox very well could just go with a two-headed GM combo of Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer. in fact their sources say that an announcement could be made on this decision within the next few days. Kevin Gray reports on Jamie Vermilyea, who the Red Sox selected in the Rule V draft this week from the Blue Jays. He saw Vermilyea pitch for the NH Fisher Cats the last two seasons and tells us what the Red Sox might’ve seen in the righthander. Nick Tavares looks at the moves that the Blue Jays have made this offseason. Art Davidson looks at Holliston native Mark Sweeney landing a two year deal with the Giants. Massarotti reports that the Red Sox may not go much higher than 4/40 with Johnny Damon.
Silverman’s notebook has Bill Lajoie pleased with what the team accomplished at the winter meetings. McAdam’s notebook examines the shrinking market for Manny Ramirez and David Wells. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on that same topic. Snow’s notebook also reports on possible Ramirez destinations.
Murray Chass in the NY Times suggests that Roger Clemens could finish his career where it started, and join Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett in the Red Sox rotation. Before you think how odd it is that a New York paper would suggest this, consider again the NY Times 17% ownership of the Red Sox….There are plenty more Red Sox stories in the New York Sports Pages
The Patriots head into Buffalo on Sunday hoping to come out of the day with a division title and playoff berth in tow. Jerome Solomon says that recording zero tackles last week doesn’t begin to tell you the story of how Richard Seymour actually played and the difference he makes for the Patriots when he is on the field. Alan Greenberg covers the same ground in his piece on the Patriots defensive lineman. Tom E Curran has Seymour expressing a desire that the defense play in more of an attack mode rather than read-and-react. Dan Pires notes that even though Seymour held out at the start of training camp, he still felt confident enough and comfortable enough to call out the fans this week for their quietness in the stands.
Check out the BSMW Game Day page for a preview of the Bills and Patriots. John Tomase writes that the Patriots defense will get a chance to see if they’ve made progress since the last time these clubs met and that it will likely determine the outcome of the game. Christopher Price says that efficiency on third down is what the Patriots are striving for this week. Chris Kennedy examines Artrell Hawkins’ move to safety and the different perspective he is getting on the game from that spot. Ian M Clark notes that each week the Patriots seem to be hurting a little bit less. Lenny Megliola talks to Brady’s quarterbacks coach at Michigan, who says Brady could be President some day.
Eric McHugh says that JP Losman has a long ways to go before he can be compared to Tom Brady, even if they’re both California kids. Michael Parente says that Losman is slowly maturing as a QB and person. Tom King says that Losman could prove to be pesky to the Patriots. Tomase looks at Buffalo’s strong home field advantage. Check out the Buffalo News and Rochester Democrat & Chronicle for more on this game.
Tomase’s notebook looks at the Patriots catching a break in not having to face Eric Moulds this Sunday. McHugh’s notebook says that the Bills will be very wary of Kevin Faulk on third downs. Kennedy’s notebook has Doug Flutie keeping mum on who is is voting for in the Heisman race. Curran’s notebook has Flutie reflecting on the Buffalo scout who convinced the Bills to give him a second shot in the NFL. Parente’s notebook has more on Seymour’s return and the impact it has had on the Patriots defense.
Big Al Jefferson has opened some eyes with his play in the last two games for the Celtics. The challenge is going to be to keep it going for the second year “big”. Peter May notes that the next two nights will present a stern test for the 20 year old, as well as the rest of the Celtics. Mark Murphy has more on the play of Jefferson. Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics trying to break a long streak tonight in San Antonio.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell writes that it is hard to tell just what these underachieving Bruins are trying to do. Stephen Harris says that talk has been cheap all year for the Bruins, their actions on the ice speak much louder as to what they truly are. Bruce Berlet looks back at the courageous attempt by Jonathan Girard to resume his hockey career.
Jeff Jacobs puts together a thoughts column on a number of topics, including the Red Sox shortstop position.
David Scott has a monster edition of Scott’s Shots this week, including a run-in with old pal Pete Sheppard. It is definitely worth a look.
Susan Bickelhaupt has a “Sports Media” column in the Globe, looking at how the NFL is searching for flexibility in how they schedule their national broadcast games.
Check back about 2:00 PM today for a look ahead to the weekend, with listings of sports on TV and Radio and references for the events of the next two days.