Bedard: 'Too much risk' involved with Talib


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."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.