Wes Welker's a talented tweeter.In fewer than 140 characters, the freshly franchised Patriots wideout was able to A) express his feelings about being franchised B) show there's no outward agitation with the team for not getting a deal done by now and C) made it clear he wants to be here long-term.Glad that I will be a Patriot in 2012. and hopefully '13,'14,'15,'16,'17,'18.......... Wes Welker (@WesWelker) March 6, 2012
The Patriots franchised Welker Monday afternoon. The two sides can continue working toward a long-term deal until July 15.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.