Ex-Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni was upset with Tim Wakefield's recent statement that he wanted to return next year to break the franchise's record for most victories by a pitcher, saying Wakefield's priorities were misplaced.
"I hated those comments," said Merloni. "I wanted to hear, 'I want to come back because I want another chance to win a World Series.' 'I don't want to go off like this with this team, all these expectations and we fall short.' 'I want to win.'
"And if he happens to be on this team and gets those seven wins . . . fine, so be it. But . . . everything's crumbling and to say, 'The fans deserve it. The fans want to see it.'? No, they want to see you win championships!"
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
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.