Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy tells Gary Tanguay on "Uno SportsTonight" that he doesn't think the Red Sox will part with Josh Beckett in a post-deadline waiver deal.
"I do not believe he's going to be put on waivers and picked up," Shaughnessy said. "He's Josh Beckett. He hasn't reached that point."
As for next season, is it time to blow up the roster if the Red Sox miss the playoffs again?
"If this train wreck of a season continues, and it still is a train wreck and they miss the playoffs," Shaughnessy said. "Blowing it up is the way to go."
You can add USA TODAY to the Patriots' undefeated season bandwagon.
In its annual projections before NFL teams report to training camps this week, USA TODAY has the Patriots going 16-0 in the regular season, then beating the AFC West's L.A. Chargers and Oakland Raiders in the playoffs before capping a perfect 19-0 season with a Super Bowl 52 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Minneapolis.
Here's their Pats' regular-season rundown from USA TODAY NFL writer Nate Davis:
New England Patriots (16-0): Is it bold? Sure. Kinda. But it's not like Tom Brady hasn't gone 16-0 before ... (and, really, wouldn't he and Bill Belichick secretly love to add 19-0 to their otherwise incomparable resumes?). And from the FWIW department, Brady went 14-1 last season and appears to be surrounded by an even better cast now, especially if Rob Gronkowski is, in fact, back to 100%.
Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman called the 19-0 talk "stupid" last week. Bill Belichick is almost guaranteed to dismiss it if and when he's asked about it this week.