Allen's story not going anywhere


Allen's story not going anywhere

When I first heard the rumor that Ray Allen had asked the Celtics for a three-year, 27M contract, I laughed. Nothing too serious. It may have just been one loud: "Ha!" but it was definitely a laugh. I thought it was a joke.

How in the world could Allen (or his agent) call the Celtics and ask for three years27M with a straight face? No way. Couldn't happen.

But maybe it did.

"Let's put it this way," Wyc Grousbeck said last night on Felger & Mazz, "Ray named numbers . . . I believe he would have come back if we had paid him a salary that would have precluded us staying under the 74 million cap and basically signing other people that we needed. So it wasn't fitting into the program."

So, according to the Celtics, Allen only wanted to come back if the Celtics had given a contract that would have made the team worse? That's insane. And something tells me we haven't heard the last of the insanity from this story.

Don't you feel like this back and forth is definitely going to get worse before it gets better?

Just seems like both sides are still clearly upset about what happened, and that every time someone talks to the media whether it's Wyc, Doc or Danny; not to mention we haven't heard from KG, Paul, Rondo or Ray himself more information oozes out. People are pissed, and while we can't say that the gloves are off, they've definitely been loosened. Just in time for tomorrow, when Ray Allen is introduced as the newest member of the Miami Heat. That should ease the pain over in Waltham.

Radio shows might want to keep an extra line open, just in case someone special feels like venting.

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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.