Patriots trade for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib


Patriots trade for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib

The Patriots made a trade just before the deadline on Thursday in hopes to improve upon their poor secondary play.

Meet Aqib Talib, the newest Patriot. Talib joins New England after four-plus seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Pats also sent a 2013 fourth-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, and received a 2013 seventh-round pick in addition to Talib.

In 58 career games, the 6-foot-1 cornerback has recorded 182 tackles and 18 interceptions.

But if Talib is going to help, it won't be in the team's next game against the Bills. Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Talib said in a statement shortly after the suspension that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription before the season began, triggering the positive test.

Talib has served three of the four games so far, and will have to miss one more before putting on that Patriots uniform.

But that's the least of Talib's past issues. Trouble has found Talib or vice versa for quite a while now. Here's the quick rap sheet on him:

JULY 2008 -- Involved in a fistfight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd at the NFL rookie symposium.

AUGUST 20, 2009 -- Arrested by Florida Highway Patrol and charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.

MARCH 2011 Arrested in Garland, Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. He was released on 25,000 bond, and indicted in May 2011. On June 18, 2012 the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and character concerns with the accuser.

Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures


Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr. will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.