DateJanuary 11, 2013

Report: Red Sox want to reduce Mike Napoli’s contract to one year

Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox over a month ago, but the two sides are currently discussing an amended contract after an issue with his health (believed to be one of his hips) was revealed during his pre-signing physical. We now have some details on what the Red Sox have in mind.



In other words, Napoli would only get one guaranteed year. We have previously heard that the two sides were working through “hip language” in the contract, so it’s possible that the Red Sox could include a vesting option if he reaches a certain number of plate appearances or doesn’t land on the disabled list because of the hip. But it’s not clear whether that has been offered.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington wouldn’t get into any specifics on the negotiations when asked tonight, but was optimistic that a resolution will come “hopefully soon.” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported this morning that the Red Sox have inquired about the Nationals’ Michael Morse as a potential fallback if a deal with Napoli can’t be reached.

It’s friday, and this isn’t sports related, but it’s sooooo funny!


Are you brave enough to appear in public in your underwear? Some North Texans say it’s loads of fun and plan on riding the DART train this weekend without their pants as part of the 2013 Annual No Pants Subway Ride.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced

Warren SappFrom Pro Football Talk

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its list of 15 finalists Friday morning, a group which will be whittled to no more than five inductees the day before the Super Bowl.

The group includes four first-time eligible nominees: Guard Larry Allen, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan.

It also includes last year’s 10 finalists who missed the final cut: Running back Jerome Bettis, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Greene, cornerback Aeneas Williams along with Bill Parcells and Ed DeBartolo, Jr.

The 15th finalist is former Browns owner Art Modell.

That means the 12 semifinalists (it’s normally 10, but two extras advanced on ties) who did not advance included: Kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, cornerback Albert Lewis, safety Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running backs Roger Craig and Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, special teamer Steve Tasker and executive George Young.

Two senior nominees — former Chiefs and Oilers nose tackle Curley Culp and former Packers and Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson— are voted upon separately, for a maximum class of seven.

The Rangers have moved on from Justin Upton

Justin Upton

Justin Upton rejected a trade to the Mariners. Now the Rangers are moving out of the picture:


Paging Frank Wren and the Atlanta Braves. Mr. Wren, please proceed to a white courtesy phone.


Rangers unlikely to acquire Darren Oliver from Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red SoxIn a move (or non-move as the case may be), that will make Sheryl Millar and myself extremely happy, the Rangers are unlikely to acquire Darren Oliver from the Blue Jays.

From HardBall Talk:

We heard last week that Darren Oliver wanted a raise from the Blue Jays or a trade to the Rangers to be coaxed to come back for his 20th season in the majors, but nobody is blinking yet.

T.R. Sullivan of reports that while the Rangers have talked with the Blue Jays about possibly acquiring Oliver, a deal is unlikely to happen. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulous reiterated earlier this week that the team would be thrilled to have him back on his $3 million option for 2013, but are currently working under the assumption that he will retire.

“We’d love to have Darren back,” Anthopoulos said. “We’d love to have him back at any point. If he calls tomorrow, thrilled. If he calls two days before Spring Training, thrilling.”

Oliver, who turned 42 in October, is coming off a career-best 2.02 ERA over 62 appearances in 2012. He has a 2.88 ERA over the last seven seasons.

Report: West Virginia’s Jake Spavital is Texas A&M’s new QB coach, co-offensive coordinator

jAKEWest Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital will be named to the same position at Texas A&M and at the title of co-offensive coordinator, replacing recently hired Texas Texas head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Spavital confirmed the move to CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Spavital has spent the last two years coaching Mountaineers quarterback, helping Geno Smith break multiple school records and establish himself as a leading candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

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