The Red Sox continued their discussions with Scott Boras about Daisuke Matsuzaka well into the night as several of the blog postings from the Globe and Herald will tell you. Michael Silverman’s final entry of the night…posted at 4:00 AM eastern time, tells us that the Red Sox are offering $8 million a season over six years, while the Matsuzaka side is asking for $11 million over six years. That really doesn’t sound unreasonable, given the money that has been thrown around to the likes of Gil Meche. Divide up the $51.1 million over six years and add it to $11 million and you come up with a little over $19 million a year for six years – but Matsuzaka only gets $11 million. Things need to be wrapped up sometime this morning, but the Red Sox will be publicly flogged if these numbers are correct and they still can’t do a deal.
Gordon Edes reports on the lack of progress in the talks last night. Michael Silverman and Jeff Horrigan also have a report on the negotiations, which will come to an end sometime this morning. Jeff Goldberg also reports on the talks, using information from the Globe and Herald in his story. Alex Speier looks at the talks reaching the critical hour with decisions needing to be made.
Bob Ryan says that if a deal doesn’t get done, blame the Red Sox, because they knew what they were getting into with Scott Boras. Tony Massarotti says that the tail is wagging the dog in this situation, as the Red Sox do not have to prove themselves to Matsuzaka. Massarotti says that if Boras doesn’t come down (He cites $15 million as what Boras is asking for.) than the Red Sox should walk away from the situation. Jon Couture still believes that Matsuzaka will sign, but says if he doesn’t, it’s because Boras has convinced him to be the modern-day Curt Flood.
Joe McDonald talks with David Murphy, who may be on the outside looking in when it comes to the Red Sox outfield situation with the signing of J.D. Drew. David Borges talks to a few Red Sox who were making a goodwill tour across New England. Julian Tavarez wouldn’t mind a chance at closing for the Red Sox, and he believes that Manny Ramirez will be staying in Boston this season.
Edes’ notebook reports on Gabe Kapler retiring as a player and accepting the job as manager of the Red Sox Single A affiliate in Greenville. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Kapler’s new bench role. McDonald’s notebook has a quick update on the negotiations and a couple of team notes.
Greg Doyle takes a second look at the film of the Patriots/Dolphins game on the BSMW Game Day page.
Michael Felger looks at the release of Doug Gabriel, saying it is just another example of how badly the Patriots have mismanaged the wide receiver position since the end of last season. Felger makes some valid points regarding the receivers, then moves on to next spring’s free agency, noting that the Patriots will have plenty to spend, but argues that since they didn’t spend to the cap this year, why should we believe they’ll do so next season? That’s some poor reasoning there, as Felger makes that statement even after admitting that the Patriots had spent to the cap in every year of the Belichick era prior to this season. So Felger now says that happened in one offseason is now what will hold true going forward and the previous track record is apparently irrelevant.
Mike Reiss examines how the Dolphins may have gained an edge on Sunday by listening to Tom Brady’s calls at the line of scrimmage. The people he talks to note that this sort of thing really isn’t all that uncommon in the NFL these days. Michael Parente has the Texans coming into town hoping to play the role of spoiler against the Patriots. Christopher Price looks at how Otis Smith is working out as a member of the Patriots coaching staff, working with the team’s defensive backs. Eric McHugh says that Rodney Harrison could be ready to return soon, and examines the club’s other injuries as well. Glen Farley has the Patriots attempting to regroup and move on after their worst loss in some time.
Albert Breer looks a Gabriel’s move from the doghouse to the outhouse with the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young says that the release of Gabriel will certainly prompt more questions than it will answer. Reiss also reports on the release of Gabriel, which caught many by surprise. Alan Greenberg feels the timing of the move is curious, especially with the uncertain status of Ben Watson.
Reiss’ notebook has Robert Kraft feeling positive about where his team is right now. He also confirms that it would be incorrect to represent this year as being the last year of Bill Belichick’s contract. (maybe he won’t be going to the Texans after all, Ron.) McHugh’s notebook has more on the Dolphins’ stealing the Patriots plays by listening to Brady.
Shira Springer has the Iverson trade talk lighting a fire under Al Jefferson, who was one of several names listed a possible trade bait. Mark Murphy has the Celtics preparing to take on the 76ers without Allen Iverson, noting that the team has shown great energy without their leading scorer.
Jim Donaldson demands to know what the Celtics are going with all this AI talk.
Fluto Shinzawa has a report on the Canadiens beating Hannu Toivonen and the Bruins 4-3 in Montreal last night. Steve Conroy has Montreal taking advantage of a non-call to beat the Bruins. Dan Hickling looks at old friend Sergei Samsonov burning the Bruins last night.
Shinzawa has more on Phil Kessel undergoing successful “cancer related” surgery. Conroy reports that Kessel is resting after his surgery. Jessica Fargen says that testicular cancer is one of the most common and curable cancers in young men.
Shinzawa’s notebook looks at the sympathy for Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, whose daughter was swept out to sea last Friday off of Cape Cod and has not been found. Conroy’s notebook has more on the tragedy. Hickling’s notebook has more on Gainey and Kessel.
Michael Vega has Mark Whipple as the favorite to become the next head coach for Boston College football.
FSN has Celtics/Sixers at 7:00. NESN has UMass/Louisville at 7:00. ESPN has Suns/Heat at 7:00 and Lakers/Mavs at 9:30.