Bedard: 'Too much risk' involved with Talib

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Bedard: 'Too much risk' involved with Talib

The Patriots made a trade last week in hopes to improve upon their poor secondary this season, but is the addition of Aqib Talib and the rap sheet that comes along with him worth it?

Boston Globe Patriots beat writer Greg Bedard doesn't think so.

"For me personally, there's too much risk," Bedard said on Sports Sunday. "I just think that at a certain point you have to draw a line. And I think the Talib trade goes far and beyond what they've done in the past. He's currently on suspension, so Bill Belichick couldn't talk to him to see where his head is, how he's going to fit in, things like that -- things that he did with Albert Haynesworth and Randy Moss before he acquired them."

Talib is still serving a four-game suspension for abusing the league's substance abuse policy. He claims it was a positive test for Adderal.

"I just thought, this guy. I don't mind trading up -- trade a first, second, third round pick to get somebody. But, this guy? I have a problem with this," Bedard continued.

You don't have to like Talib as a person, but what about Talib as a player? Patriots Hall of Famer Troy Brown is by no means a fan of the person, but seems to be willing to look past that and focus on what he does on the field.

"The guy, he can play. Is he better than what they had? I do believe he's better than what they had back there," Brown said. "He's aggressive and what we talk about all the time is guys that are going to get in somebody's face and challenge them, and this guy is going to do that."

That said, it is a little troubling that Talib's physical altercations are adding up.

"I have no problem with guys getting second, third chances," Brown said. "But it's guys who get second, third chances because they screwed up this, or they screwed up that. Different things on and off. But this seems to be the same type of stuff that this guy's continuing to screw up with so that's the problem I have with the signing. But will he help them in the secondary is the bottom line, and yes I think he'll help them back there."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.