Brandon Lloyd said it wasn't about the money. And then he walked it like he talked it. On Saturday, the wide receiver confirmed he'd agreed to a deal with the Patriots. The reported money -- 12 million over three years -- is at the extreme low end of deals other wideouts have agreed to this offseason. To just grab one comparison from the many we could make, Laurent Robinson signed over the weekend with the Jaguars. His deal was for five years, 32.5 million. He gets more guaranteed money that Lloyd will make over the life of his deal. Why didn't Lloyd get that kind of money? Where were his suitors?Was it that he was too open about wanting to join the Patriots, scaring off other teams? Was it because he was a moody guy earlier in his career? Was it because he's 30? Probably a little of all of that. But the fact Lloyd was not hung up on chasing the last nickel also made it easier for this deal to get done. Before free agency began, I asked Lloyd, "Is winning or monetary stability the highest priority for you?""Winning is definitely the highest priority," Lloyd said. "I've been in the league for 10 years and I don't look at the NFL as a place where I can 'horde' money or try and get as much money as I possibly can. It's not the end of the world. It's a career. And I've put together a nice career and I think that I want to be put in a position where I can get to the playoffs and see my talents on that stage and be able to help a team move forwad in the playoffs. That's the No. 1 goal. I'm pretty happy with where I am financially and I really want to be with the right fit."Would Lloyd be coming to New England if another team dangled him twice as much money and the Patriots stuck at 3 and 12? We'll never know. All we know for sure is that Lloyd said winning was his priority and -- when it came time to choose -- he chose to go to the team that's had the most success in the league over the past11 seasons.
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BOSTON (AP) Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.
It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.
Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.
The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.
Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.
Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.
In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.
The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.
Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.
Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.
Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.
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