The Red Sox agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster yesterday, reaching agreement in principle on a 2-year $26.5 million deal with the 35-year-old former Cub and Ranger.

Red Sox, Dempster agree to two-year deal – Sean McAdam says that Dempster gives the Red Sox a reliable innings-eater. You know, another Wakefield.

What are they doing? Explaining Red Sox’ offseason moves – Are the Red Sox merely on a path of mediocrity, or do they have a plan? Alex Speier and Gerry Callahan take different approaches.

The San Francisco 49ers are coming into town this weekend for a Sunday Night Football Matchup on NBC. Locally, the media seems convinced that the 49ers will offer a much more strenuous test for New England than did the Houston Texans. That wouldn’t be hard to do, but I worry that we won’t learn anything about this team during this game.

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Potential successors to Damon Amendolara narrowing – Chad Finn surveys the field for the opening, noting that Marc Bertrand is no longer a candidate, and that Jon Meterparel is among those in contention.

Rene Rancourt to sing anthem in Worcester on Sunday – Bill Doyle has the Bruins National Anthem singer stepping out during the lockout.

ESPN, WGBH team up to track concussion data – My SB Nation Media column is on the collaboration between WGBH’s FRONTLINE and ESPN’s Outside The Lines on the concussion issue, including the new Concussion Watch website.


6 thoughts on “Sox Go Dempster Diving, 49ers Coming To Town

  1. Ugh Adam Jones to replace DA?? No thanks. I found him to be a Felger clone who irritated me when he did weekend stints on 98.5 before moving to ESPN. I wouldn’t mind Rich Keefe but I would prefer someone from out of market.


  2. From Finn’s article:

    “Bertrand, who coveted the position, is out of the running in part because he was deemed too valuable in his current role.”

    How do we know what’s missing once he’s gone and then too late to reverse course? Probably for the best to keep him there because he works.

    Jack Edwards? Crazy but I’d be interested to hear it. Partner him with the strong hockey contingent @ TSH and I’d love to listen. How well it would work if he’s trying to talk NFL? I have no clue.

    The WTF part:

    “Jon Meterparel […] has also spoken to Sports Hub management and is considered a viable candidate.”

    Are they drug testing management there? I thought it was a long-standing policy to not hire WEEI retreads?

    I think you need a very specific type of person for something in the evening. So many stations just park their “guy who fills in” from 6-10 because they have hit their career ceiling, won’t go anywhere else, and generate enough to keep whatever rating is needed alive outside the games.


  3. I think Meter is the leading candidate to replace Gil Santos. Maybe this is how CBS brings him into the fold.
    Jack Edwards is compelling, but I would have expected to hear him on some weekend shifts first.
    As soon as the job opened up, I thought Jones would be the guy.


  4. Just pulled up CBS Pittsburgh to listen to an interview that Filliponi did, and he sounds JUST like DA. Count me in for that guy… I thought it was great when the Sports Hub brought in DA as an outside guy last time, and it obviously worked and he was promoted to national. Would like to see them do it again. Having a mix of inside and outside people keeps things fresh, in my humble opinion.


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