The Red Sox trade for an infielder, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck thinks the Celtics were very close to signing Kevin Durant, and the Sox are scouting a Phillies starting pitcher.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck thinks C’s were in Kevin Durant’s ‘final two teams’: “I know we were close,” he said. “I’ve got to say, this is just for me, not me trying to convince anybody else of anything, but just as I walk by myself thinking, I think we were in the final two teams. I think we lost in the finals, or lost in the final three. It’s very hard to take a positive out of that loss, but I’m going to take it as a positive.” (Boston.CBSLocal.com)
Red Sox get Aaron Hill in trade with Brewers for prospects: The Boston Red Sox have acquired infielder Aaron Hill from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for two minor leaguers. (Boston.com)
Why trade for Aaron Hill? Dave Dombrowksi explains: “We’ve been looking for a right-handed-hitting infielder that can play third base for really a while,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “We’ve been a little vulnerable to left-handed pitching. We felt it would strengthen us. Of course, he’s played almost every day. He has the capabilities of playing every day. But we looked at him more to complement the players we have.” (RedSox.com)
Sports Hub first, WEEI second in spring Nielsen Audio ratings: Sports talk continued its dominance of Boston radio in the spring as 98.5 The Sports Hub finished first and WEEI second during the three-month Nielsen Audio Ratings period. (Boston.com)
Red Sox reportedly scout Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson:
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Danny Ainge on James Young: ‘Now, it’s time’: “Listen, you have to earn a roster spot,” Ainge said of the shooting guard. “There are some exceptions, like James Young is an exception. He was drafted at 18 years old, and we have to be patient with him, but now it’s time. But competition is a good thing. It brings out the best in these guys.” (ESPN.com)