Sox acquire Graham Godfrey as PTBNL from A's

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Sox acquire Graham Godfrey as PTBNL from A's

The Red Sox acquired a pitcher on Friday, but not the kind at least right now that will have an impact on the team.

Minor league right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey is the player traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Red Sox to complete the November 28 Sandy Rosario trade.

He is assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

From the Sox press release:

Godfrey, 28, spent most of last year with Oaklands Triple-A Sacramento affiliate and was named to the Pacific Coast Leagues mid-season All-Star Team. A two-time PCL Pitcher of the Week in 2012, he went 9-2 with one save, a 3.29 ERA (38 ER104.0 IP) and 60 strikeouts compared to 26 walks and 98 hits allowed for the River Cats and was tabbed as having the best control among PCL pitchers by Baseball America in its 2012 Best Tools Survey. 

The right-hander began the 2012 season on the Athletics Opening Day roster and totaled five appearances (4 starts) for Oakland over the first two months of the season.  Including five outings (4 starts) in his 2011 Major League debut, he is 1-6 with a 5.09 ERA (26 ER46.0 IP) in big league action.

In 2011, Godfrey led the PCL with 14 wins for Sacramento and earned a spot on the Baseball America Triple-A All-Star Team.  He was also named the As Organizational Pitcher of the Year that season.  Selected by the Blue Jays in the 34th round of the 2006 draft, Godfrey has compiled a 49-36 record with a 4.00 ERA (334 ER751.0 IP) and 565 strikeouts in 149 career minor league games (129 starts) over six seasons in the Blue Jays (2007) and Athletics (2008-12) systems.

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

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.   

Wrote Isola: 

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. 

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

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.