Matt Cassel met with the Kansas City media for the first time yesterday.
Mike Reiss has Cassel saying that the trade didn’t catch him by surprise, as he expected to be traded once he was tagged. Karen Guregian has Cassel adjusting to the change. The Cassel trade made the Op/Ed section of the Globe today: Machiavelli of Foxborough.
Jim Donaldson says Tom Brady has lost his competitive edge since getting married and will never be the same. Lenny Megliola says that despite the losses of Vrabel and Cassel, this is still Brady’s team.
Matt Reiss has actually gotten some heat from nitwit Boston.com commenters about his analysis of the Cassel trade. It’s worth pointing out that in the very first question in last week’s mailbag, Reiss predicted that Cassel would be traded to Kansas City for the #34 overall pick. The Vrabel addition was something no one saw coming.
Sean McAdam has Jason Varitek intrigued and impressed with the stuff of Daniel Bard. Dan Shaughnessy has a look a Justin Masterson, who is pretty much a lock to make the opening day roster. Joe McDonald says that Masterson will be ready to start the season in the rotation if Brad Penny isn’t ready to go.
Brian MacPherson looks at the lack of openings on the Red Sox roster, making it a tough job market for the fringe players. McDonald looks at the scrap for final spot on the roster. Maureen Mullen has Mark Kotsay recovering from his back surgery. McDonald has Clay Buchholz getting his spring off to the right start.
Ron Borges has Bernie Williams using the WBC as an audition for a major league job. Rob Bradford has a piece on Mike Lowell’s dad, Carl, who would’ve loved to have had the chance to play in the WBC. McDonald writes about the Red Sox’ stars participating in the classic.
Shaughnessy’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury eager to put in the extra work this spring. McAdam’s notebook has more on Masterson. McDonald’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon perfect in his first spring outing.
Steve Bulpett has Stephon Marbury welcoming the pain of his first full-length practice with the Celtics. Jessica Camerato has Marbury learning from Rajon Rondo. Robert Lee has Marbury ready and willing to put the team first.
Steve Conroy has the Bruins caught up in trade rumors. Kevin Paul Dupont has Matt Hunwick moving from defenseman to left wing. Mike Loftus has the Bruins hoping to return to their winning ways tonight. Mick Colageo says that the Bruins have a small window of opportunity and need to go for it at the trade deadline.