Michael DePrisco

MLB Rumors: Rangers have had 'internal discussions' about trading for Red Sox starter

MLB Rumors: Rangers have had 'internal discussions' about trading for Red Sox starter

The Chaim Bloom era has begun in Boston, and if Red Sox ownership is determined to cut costs on its roster and build a sustainable contender, one team may be able to help them out. 

According to a story by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have had 'internal discussions' about pursuing one of the Red Sox' top starting pitchers in a trade. 

Grant notes the Rangers' need for starting pitching and the fact that they have money to spend, assuming they don't get Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg in free agency. Given Boston's hopes to cut payroll and rebuild their farm system, the Rangers could be a natural match. 

He also speculates that the two pitchers Texas could target are David Price and Nathan Eovaldi, who the Red Sox owe a combined $147 million to over the next three seasons. It's hard to imagine Bloom getting a substantial return for either of them if he's cutting a good chunk of the payroll, but Bloom made a name for himself finding value on the margins in Tampa, especially with pitchers. 

The Red Sox still have to see what J.D. Martinez decides to do. He has the ability to opt-out of the remaining three seasons of the five-year, $110 million deal he signed two years ago. If he opts in or signs a new deal with the Red Sox, Bloom might have to trim money off of the Red Sox payroll sooner rather than later. 

Dave Dombrowski delivered a World Series in his time as President of Baseball Operations, but he certainly left a mess that Bloom now has to clean up to keep this team in contention for years to come. It all starts this winter, where fans will get a good idea of what the direction of the franchise will be, and it might start with some trade talks with the Rangers. 

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Tom Brady has a history of targeting rookie wide receivers in their debut

Tom Brady has a history of targeting rookie wide receivers in their debut

Now that N'Keal Harry has officially been activated off the IR, the Patriots will gain an outside receiving threat to throw at the Ravens' defense on Sunday Night Football. 

Selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Harry missed the first half of his rookie season after sustaining an ankle injury in training camp.

The Patriots' offense could definitely use some production downfield given their reliance on the run game and inside options like Julian Edelman and James White. It'd be unfair to expect Harry to be that guy right away, but it's worth noting that Tom Brady has a history of targeting rookie wide receivers quite a bit in their debut. 

As Boston Sports Info points out, Brady has completed 24-of-57 throws to such wide receivers for 343 yards, three touchdowns and one interception over the course of his storied career. For Edelman's debut in 2009, Brady threw to him 16 times and threw to Kenbrell Thompkins 14 times in 2013. Edelman (2nd) and Thompkins (4th) are two of the highest target totals for a rookie debut since 1992, again according to Boston Sports Info.

The Ravens are 26th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game and third against the run. The Patriots are definitely aware of Baltimore's strengths and weaknesses, so there's a good chance Harry could see plenty of passes thrown his way in primetime. 

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Carsen Edwards follows Jaylen Brown's lead and buzzes his hair

Carsen Edwards follows Jaylen Brown's lead and buzzes his hair

Carsen Edwards took a page out of Jaylen Brown's playbook Saturday and opted for the buzz cut following his first four games as a pro. 

Edwards previously sported a short dreads type of hairdo, so perhaps he wanted a change of pace after a cold-shooting start to his NBA career. 

In 13 minutes per game off the bench, Edwards has shot 5-of-22 from the field, only hitting two threes in 13 attempts. Coming into the league as a microwave sharpshooter from deep, that's not exactly the start you hope for, especially after lighting the nets on fire in the preseason with eight three-balls in five minutes against the Cavaliers

Maybe the new hair will give Edwards some of his mojo back. The Celtics' bench scoring has been nonexistent thanks to Edwards' cold shooting and Enes Kanter's knee injury in the season opener against the Sixers, so they could really use some production from their gunslinging combo guard. 

Boston's next game will be Tuesday in Cleveland, where Edwards scorched the earth from three the first time around. Perhaps that's all he'll need to get back on track. 

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