Beltran to Boston?

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Beltran to Boston?

According Jon Heyman's twitter feed, the Red Sox are considered favorites to sign Carlos Beltran.

Let me be the first hope that those considerations are false.

Is this really what the Red Sox need next year?

A 35-year-old (in April), introverted outfielder, who's on the downside of a career in which he's made 150M?

I know he did all right after moving to San Francisco at the deadline; he hit .322 with the Giants. In fact, over the course of 142 games in 2011, Beltran was all together pretty solid. He hit .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. It was his best season in three years.

But it was also a contract year for an aging outfielder, who's already made more than enough money playing this game. That's not what the Sox are looking for. They need guys who are eager; guys who will fight and play like their careers depend on it

If the Sox aren't satisfied with ReddickKalish, they're better off rolling the dice with a Ryan Ludwick, Cody Ross or even someone like David DeJesus. Someone with grit and personality.

Not a guy who can so easily fall back on past achievement and riches; certainly not a guy whose Twitter avatar looks like this.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.