Alabama, as usual, is stocked with pro prospects. And, with its head coach Nick Saban being one of Bill Belichick's close friends in the coaching fraternity, it was a layup that the Patriots' head coach would be in Tuscaloosa on Thursday to watch the Crimson Tide's pro day workouts.
Running back Trent Richardson, safety Mark Barron and linebacker Courtney Upshaw are the biggest names 'Bama has coming out this year, but their defense was so good, there's little doubt the Patriots will mine their roster at some point for talent next month.
Remember, Brandon Deaderick was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots after a modest final season with Alabama in 2009 and he has turned into a key player for the Patriots.
One intriguing player for the Patriots is Barron. New England is wafer thin at safety and Barron is seen as the best at his position. He's coming off bilateral hernia surgery (good name for a band; not a good way to spend a day) and said he ran a 4.51 30 and that was about "80 to 90 percent."
There are a few players the Boston Celtics have been linked to Kristaps Porzingis, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge in the past, but which rumors are alive?
BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.
It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.
Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.
That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.
But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.
Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.
Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”