Sox still in the market for a closer


Sox still in the market for a closer

DALLAS -- At the start of this week, no fewer than three teams in the American League East were in the market for closers. As of Tuesday morning, that number has been reduced to two.

The Toronto Blue Jays sent pitching prospect Nestor Molina to the Chicago White Sox and obtained Sergio Santos to close games. Santos, a converted position player, struck out 92 in 62 13 innings last year for the White Sox.

That leaves the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles in the East still in the market for closers.

Around baseball, the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and another team or two are also in the market.

That's fewer than the number of free agent closers available, a list which includes, among others, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and the three Franciscos - Francisco Cordero, Frank Francisco and Francisco Rodriguez.

The Red Sox are of the belief that prices for free agent closers is absurdly high now, spiked by the huge deals signed by Jonathan Papelbon and Heath Bell.

Their stance is to wait for some of those salary demands to come down before engaging. Now that the Blue Jays -- who had money to spend, but filled their opening cheaply with Santos -- are out, the options for some free agents are narrowing.

Of course, while they wait, the Red Sox are also continuing to explore trade possibilities, led by Colorado's Huston Street and Oakland's Andrew Bailey.

Bailey would presumably come at a high player cost. The former A.L. Rookie of the Year is just 27 and under control for three more seasons, which should enable A's GM Billy Beane to get several top prospects in exchange.

Whether the Sox would package multiple prospects for Bailey or prefer to sign a veteran closer to a short-term deal and use the prospects elsewhere to address other needs will be a decision worth watching in the next few weeks.

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Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

Ex-Patriots DE Chris Long signs two-year deal with Eagles

After eight playoff-less seasons with the Rams, Chris Long came to his father's hometown town -- the Patriots -- in 2016 with one goal: To win a championship. And he did, even though he wasn't an every-down player for the first time in his career.

Now his goal is to play regularly again. So he's headed to the city where his father played collegiately -- Philadelphia -- to try and make that happen.

Long, 32, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (a Charlestown native and Villanova product), signed a two-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday:

CSN Philly reports that Long isn't guaranteed a starting job on the Eagles' defensive line, but will be a valuable addition in any case:

The Eagles had a definite need -- and likely still do -- at defense end following the departure of Connor Barwin. . . . This signing doesn't mean Long will come in and start. The Eagles still have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry under contract. But, at the very least, this is a depth signing to bring in a veteran locker room presence, like the one they lost when Barwin left.

Long had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.