Report: Mankins had surgery on torn ACL after Super Bowl

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Report: Mankins had surgery on torn ACL after Super Bowl

Nobody ever questioned Logan Mankins' toughness before, and after this latest bit of news, nobody ever will.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com tweeted that Logan Mankins had surgery on a torn ACL after the Super Bowl, and even played on the injury without even knowing he had torn it.

The Patriots signed Robert Gallery to a one-year deal earlier on Monday, and the signing makes even more sense now. Gallery has spent time at both the offensive guard and offensive tackle position during his career, and is not only a serious option to start on the Patriots, but also a safety net in case Mankins can't return to the team in time for the start of the season.

Seeing as Mankins' injury didn't appear in the Patriots' pre-Super Bowl injury reports, you have to assume it happened at some point during the game, although it's unclear when exactly it happened.

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.