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AP source: Red Sox agree to deal with Stephen Drew

AP source: Red Sox agree to deal with Stephen Drew

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox moved forward with their strategy of giving free agents short-term contracts by reaching a $9.5 million, one-year agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Drew will take a physical before the deal can be finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not complete.

Boston also finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract with 37-year-old reliever Koji Uehara, a deal agreed to two weeks ago atr the winter meetings.

Drew hit .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games for the Oakland Athletics last season after being traded by Arizona on Aug. 20. In 40 games with the Diamondbacks, he hit .193 with two homers and 12 RBIs. Drew, 29, is the brother of former Boston outfielder J.D. Drew and had been with Arizona for his entire big career until the trade.

In seven seasons, Drew is hitting .265 with 77 homers and 349 RBIs. In addition to his salary, he would earn a $500,000 bonus if he has 500 plate appearances.

With several top prospects needing more seasoning, the Red Sox are adding players who can help until, and perhaps after, those youngsters are ready.

So far this offseason, they've agreed to $39 million, three-year contracts with outfielder Shane Victorino and first baseman-catcher Mike Napoli; a $26.5 million, two-year deal with right-hander Ryan Dempster; a $10 million, two-year contract with outfielder Johnny Gomes and a $6.2 million, two-year deal with catcher David Ross.

Napoli's deal hasn't been finalized yet while the Red Sox address their concerns about his health.

Their lineup will have a much different look after a 69-93 record that led to the firing of Bobby Valentine after one year as manager.

Drew would become Boston's 11th starting shortstop in nine seasons. Mike Aviles started 123 games there last season then was sent to Toronto as compensation for the Red Sox prying their new manager, John Farrell, away from the Blue Jays. Aviles later was traded to the Cleveland Indians.

Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias, 22, has been considered Boston's shortstop of the future but is a weak hitter, batting .118 in 24 games last year. He may have been overtaken in the Red Sox long-term plans by Xander Bogaerts, 20, who has played just 23 games at Double-A.

Other top prospects are outfielders Jackie Bradley and Bryce Brentz, right-handers Matt Barnes and Allen Webster and left-hander Henry Owens.

Uehara, had a 1.75 ERA last season for Texas, allowing seven earned runs in 36 innings with no record, 43 strikeouts and three walks. The right-hander pitched for 10 years in Japan before signing with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009.

He would earn a $125,000 bonus if he has 15 games finished and that same amount for each additional five games finished through 50.

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The Redskins did exactly what DeAngelo Hall said they should on opening drive vs. Packers

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The Redskins did exactly what DeAngelo Hall said they should on opening drive vs. Packers

These days, DeAngelo Hall is an analyst on NBC Sports Washington's Redskins pre- and postgame shows. Before Sunday's Redskins-Packers matchup, though, Hall showed he wouldn't be too shabby of an offensive coordinator. 

The former corner wasn't pleased with what he saw from Washington in their Week 2 loss vs. Indy (the entire region is right there with him, of course) but was specifically upset with the offense. And on "Redskins Kickoff Live," he explained the change in approach he wanted to see in Week 3.

"Alex has to be comfortable enough with his targets and with those guys and know how they like the balls downfield," Hall said. "This Green Bay team is struggling on defense."

"Our offense can exploit those guys," he continued. "We have to take those shots downfield and give them opportunities."

Well, uh, it only took four plays for the 'Skins to be more aggressive through the air. On their opening drive, Smith found Paul Richardson deep down the seam for a 46-yard scoring strike to give the home team an early lead.

Overall, Smith looked more willing to push the ball past the sticks and beyond throughout the entire first half. It's almost as if a 14-year NFL veteran and ex-defensive back knows how to attack a secondary!

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Le'Veon Bell might be available in a trade, but don't expect the Redskins to call

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Le'Veon Bell might be available in a trade, but don't expect the Redskins to call

Want to make a deal? Evidently the Steelers do, and it involves star running back Le'Veon Bell. 

ESPN reported Sunday morning that Pittsburgh will listen to trade offers for Bell. An All-Pro back last season, Bell is holding out for a lucrative, multi-year contract instead of the one year, $14 million franchise tag the Steelers used for this season. 

The biggest question becomes what team will trade for Bell, and what will that trade look like. 

Don't expect the Redskins to be that team.

On the most basic level, Washington could not afford Bell. The 'Skins have about $10 million of salary cap space, and that wouldn't even cover Bell's franchise tag. No team will make the move for Bell without a long-term deal in place, and Washington certainly does not have space for that.

Beyond just the money, the Redskins selected Derrius Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the intention of making the former LSU star the running back of the future. 

Guice got injured in preseason, and the team signed future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to replace him. In two games, Peterson has shown he has plenty of gas left.

And, oh yeah, the Redskins also have Chris Thompson. He's one of the best third down backs in the NFL, and he's under contract through the 2019 season. 

Bell might get moved, but don't believe he will be wearing Burgundy and Gold. 

The price tag for Bell will be high. Expect first round draft picks to be a part of any package. For a team to do that, they need to feel like one elite player could push them to a Super Bowl.

What are some teams like that? Bell paired up with Aaron Rodgers would be lethal. Just saying. 

 

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