So much for the talk of the Red Sox not making a big splash at baseball's winter meetings and staying away from long-term contracts.
According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Red Sox could become a player for the biggest name on the free agent market, outfielder Josh Hamilton.
In an interview with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on SiriusXM radio, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino wouldn't rule out a pursuit of Hamilton. The winter meetings begin Monday in Nashville.
One rival general manager told Heyman: "Boston wants to do something big and it wouldn't shock me if they became players for Josh Hamilton.''
The Red Sox do have money to spend after last summer's deal that shipped Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, and their big money,long-term deals to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
There had been speculation that the Red Sox's parting with those contracts would make them reluctant to commit to more long-term deals going forward. And Hamilton, 31, does bring with him a history of off-the-field problems.
They are actively pursuing Hamilton's former Texas Rangers teammate, free agent catcherfirst baseman Mike Napoli, but are said to be unwilling to go to a fourth year on his contract.
CLEVELAND – Amir Johnson’s right shoulder injury has him still in a state of limbo, which is why the Boston Celtics will start Kelly Olynyk tonight in Game 4 of Boston’s best-of-seven series with Cleveland.
Boston cut Cleveland’s series lead to 2-1 following their 111-108 Game 3 win.
Olynyk appeared in 75 games this season with six starts.
As a starter, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Olynyk said his focus tonight will be pretty simple.
“Just keep playing every possession like it’s the most important possession of the game,” Olynyk told CSNNE.com.
The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter.
Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10.