The price tag was steep -- Peter Gammons reported that Miami was asking for Will Middlebrooks, Felix Doubront, Xander Bogaerts and more -- so the Red Sox passed on the opportunity to acquire Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, all three of whom were shipped instead to division rival Toronto. The question is, was it the right move?
Tony Massarotti says yes.
"I just don't think it makes sense for the Red Sox," the 'Felger & Mazz' co-host said Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
"Right now, they're probably the worst team in the A.L. East," he said. "Last year against Toronto, the Red Sox went 7-11. Their last 24 games against the Orioles, they're 6-18. So if anybody out there wants to suggest they're as good as either one of those teams right now, they're on Mars."
Michael Felger disagrees. He thinks the Sox are closer to contention than Massarotti does.
"If they just screw their heads on straight, they're better than the Orioles," he said. "I think the Rays . . . aren't they really that 85-90 win team based on their weak offense? . . . And I'm just going to keep saying it: The Yankees are too old and beat up . . .
"I don't know, I don't think you're giving up that much for Johnson, Buehrle and Reyes . . . I don't think that deal's that outrageous. I would have looked at it a little bit harder."
Will the Celtics part with the right to Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round pick in order to get a star before Thursday’s trade deadline?
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Citing a pair of NBA executives, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote this week that Danny Ainge’s willingness to trade the pick should be in doubt.
Sola named Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Paul George as potential targets, adding that the C’s might include the latter.
Two executives doubt that Ainge, who historically plays it close to the vest, would give up the Nets pick in a deal for Butler. However, Ainge might consider it in a trade for George, the Pacers-free agent-to-be who has expressed doubts over re-signing with the Pacers.
‘With Danny, no one ever knows what he might do,' said the executive. ‘He's one of the best. If he thinks he can make a run at the Cavs this season, considering all the injuries Cleveland has had, I can see him making a move.
‘Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper.’
This season, the 26-year-old George is averaging 22.3 points 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.
LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England.
Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.
"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.
"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."
Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.
Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.
Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.