Red Sox to give Pedroia extension?


Red Sox to give Pedroia extension?

Chris Gasper joins Felger and Mazz to discuss the reports that the Red Sox could extend Dustin Pedroia, who still has two years left on his contract, plus a team option for a third year at 11 million.

"Doesn't make any sense to me," said Gasper. "Is Pedroia asking for it? Are they trying to clearly establish him as a franchise cornerstone type of guy, which I think everyone feels like they've already put him in that role, put him on that pedestal. It seems like they're just giving away money. If they're giving away free money over on Yawkey Way, sign me up, I'd like to get some of that. It doesn't make a lot of sense. You could just do something at the end of this season if you want to."

"It's scary that they're even considering it," said Felger. "What are your motives down there among Red Sox ownership?"

For Mazz, it doesn't make a lot of sense to extend someone who has Pedroia's size and plays as rough as the second baseman does, noting that it's only a matter of time before he breaks down. But it's not just about the size. Mazz wouldn't extend any player who is already under control for three years.

There's a possibility that the Red Sox would like to extend Pedroia before Robinson Cano becomes a free agent next winter and sets the market for All-Star second baseman, but as Felger notes, there's still two years after that point for the market to settle.

What's the real motivation? Will the Sox use some of their excess money to extend their scrappy second baseman?

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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