It’s been a busy week here, with the hack plus a bunch of other stuff going on, so I apologize in advance for the irregular updates. That’s going to continue for the next week or so as I balance in a trip to the West coast beginning tomorrow night.

The Red Sox aren’t involved yet, but there is finally some action on the free agent market with the Mets and Yankees getting close with K-Rod and C.C. Sabathia respectively. There have been rumors out there of a Red Sox offer to Mark Teixeira and discussions with A.J. Burnett, but nothing solid to this point.

In fact, Sean McAdam says that much of the Red Sox discussions are merely misdirections, meant to obscure their real objectives. Amalie Benjamin is convinced that Teixeira is a real target, while Burnett is a secondary interest.

Joe McDonald has the Sox talking to Texas about a catcher. Joe Haggerty says that the Sox aren’t going to just give away Clay Buchholz. Alex Speier says that the Sox are waiting for the price to be right for any catcher they pursue.

Nick Cafardo says that the jackpot of the winter meetings is Teixeira. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell focused on being ready for opening day, not on Red Sox rumors. The Herald notebook has more on the Sox interest in the Texas catchers.

Patriots

Mike Reiss has a look at Bill Belichick reaching the 150 win plateau and what it means to his legacy. Karen Guregian has a look at Wes Welker’s importance to the Patriots. Glen Farley looks at the return of Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan to the Bay Area. Ben Swasey says there should be plenty of anger towards Moss on Sunday. Rich Garven looks at one area of strength for the Raiders – their cornerbacks.

Guregian also has the news that Matt Cassel’s father died this week.

The Week 15 Playoff Scenarios are not kind to the Patriots.

Guregian’s notebook has Randy Moss’ return to Oakland being downplayed. Shalise Manza Young says that Tedy Bruschi’s status is still unknown. Reiss’ notebook says that Cassel will leave the team briefly to be with his family.

Celtics

Jim Fenton and Scott Souza have the Celtics one win away from the franchise’s best ever start. Mark Murphy has the Celtics not really giving their hot start much thought. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics preferring a strong finish to a hot start.

Fenton has Paul Pierce moving into elite company among the Celtics all time greats.

Bruins

Mike Loftus has a look at the top line for the Bruins, which has been terrific this season. Barbara Matson has Vladimir Sobotka ready to go on an emergency basis for the Bruins. Steve Conroy has David Krejci hoping for further improvement.

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