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Yankees 2013 Season Preview: Despite Injuries To Key Players, Yankees Will Still Win AL East And Challenge For World Title

Vernon Wells is looking to recapture his old form. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

There's no getting around the fact this year's version of the New York Yankees will feature the worst offense in two decades. It's so pedestrian, Yankees fans that haven't grown up spoiled by non-stop winning have been caught looking back to a time when the Bronx Bombers were lucky to even compete for a division crown, let alone win one.

While the team has gotten old in a hurry, with long, big-money contracts coming back to haunt them now, it's injuries that have truly made this a Yankees team not to recognize. Older players can still do the job, but only if they can take the field every day. That's not the case for the Yankees, as they are set to open the regular season Monday afternoon against the Boston Red Sox.

Red Sox 2013 Season Preview: If Everything Falls Into Place, Red Sox Could Be Playoff Team This Season

David Ortiz is a big piece to the Red Sox puzzle this year. (AP photo)
  By Matt Straub  
As the Yankees and Red Sox get ready to start the 2013 baseball season against each other, I thought it might be worthwhile to the website, which I know is heavily populated with Yankees fans, to provide a look at what your enemy has to offer.

The short answer: not a whole lot, but more than last year.

The 2013 Boston Red Sox won’t be as bad as the 2012 team was. That’s not saying much, but it’s something, and it matters to the rest of the AL East, who won’t have the Red Sox to push around anymore.

Jets Sign Linebacker Antwan Barnes

Antwan Barnes will join the Jets next season. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

The New York Jets added another piece to a suddenly bare roster Monday afternoon, signing free agent linebacker Antwan Barnes. The former Chargers linebacker announced his decision on Twitter a few minutes ago. Barnes will be looked upon to contribute immediately.

The Jets are hoping they are bringing aboard the player Barnes was in 2011 with the Chargers, when he had 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and 41 tackles in 16 games. Last year, however, he had just nine tackles and three sacks in 11 games. Barnes, did, however, promise he wouldn't disappoint.
(UPDATE: The signing of Barnes is now official, three years, $4 million) 

GameDay Live Scoring:
Division III State Championship
Newington-Berlin Vs Rockville

No. 1 Newington-Berlin-Manchester 1,
No. 3 Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-Lyman 0
Division III Ice Hockey State Championship

Rockville                    0   0   0   -   0
Newington-Berlin       0   1   0   -   1

Newington-Berlin wins second straight state championship

LAST SCORING PLAY: Newington-Berlin's Marco DiPaola scores off an assist from B.J. Richard with 2:34 to go in second period.

SHOTS: Newington-Berlin 23, Rockville 16.

POWER PLAY: Newington-Berlin 0-for-5. Rockville 0-for-3.

Kevin Kolb Joining Jets Gets A Little More Realistic After His Release

Quarterback Kevin Kolb is officially a free agent. The Arizona Cardinals released him Friday. Here's our story on Kolb joining the New York Jets.

Jets Sign Raiders RB Mike Goodson, Here's What He Brings To Offense And Where He Fits In Backfield

Mike Goodson has joined the New York Jets. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

It took seemingly forever, but the New York Jets have finally made a splash in free agency. The Jets signed former Raiders running back Mike Goodson to a three-year deal Friday. Goodson gets $6.9 million. Goodson was one of three known targets of the Jets this offseason, joining linebacker Antwan Barnes (visiting) and wide receiver Brandon Gibson (left without a deal).

With the signing, the Jets have shored up one position on the roster, as Goodson joins Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight at running back. Lex Hillard, who the Jets officially announced as having re-signed Friday, will be the fullback. While Powell should get the opportunity to continue his ascent to the feature role, Goodson's contract make it more likely he will be the team's top rusher next season.

Leon Washington Signs With Patriots, More Depressing News For Jets Fans

Things just keep getting worse and worse for fans of the New York Jets. This is the latest in a long line of depressing news - former Jet, and fan favorite, Leon Washington has signed with the New England Patriots.

Kevin Kolb Playing QB For Jets Might Be Only Thing To Turn Depressing Free Agency Period Around (Still Sad)

If Kevin Kolb is released, the Jets might be interested. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

Last night, safety LaRon Landry became the 10th player to leave the New York Jets this offseason, whether by choice or being shown the door. Even a player not on the roster, free agent wide receiver Brandon Gibson, left the facility without a contract and is off to continue his visits around the NFL. It's been an extremely depressing time to be a Jets fan, and it's only going to get worse if the team does what everyone expects they will and trade star cornerback Darrelle Revis.

If new Jets general manager John Idzik has a plan, it would be nice to know, because the team has become a shell of its former self. The team has undergone a complete overhaul. While rebuilding may not be a bad idea, the only problem is there has been no influx of new players. Even though many free agent defections were expected, it would still be nice to see some kind of aggression by the organization. The team has signed just one player, bringing back fullback Lex Hillard. That's it.

Yeremiah Bell Signs With Cardinals As Jets Lose Yet Another Player

Yeremiah Bell has signed with Arizona. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

Another New York Jets player has decided to split town. Safety Yeremiah Bell has signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals, where he will replace, interestingly enough, former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes. The Jets will now be without their top three safeties from last season, as LaRon Landry is likely to sign elsewhere soon and Eric Smith was released.

Rhodes was released by the Cardinals today. A return to the Jets is unlikely as he and coach Rex Ryan did not get along during their time together.

If the Jets do what many are expecting and trade cornerback Darrelle Revis, three-fourths of the starting secondary will be gone. Only Antonio Cromartie would remain on the team. The Jets have gone from having the best secondary in the game, when Revis was healthy, to one that might resemble more of a high school squad than an NFL worthy defensive backfield.

Jets fans are still waiting for new general manager John Idzik to do something during this free agency period. Right now, the Jets and their fans have nothing to look forward to.

Jets Re-Sign Lex Hillard, Might Lose Dustin Keller To Dolphins And Wes Welker Leaves Patriots For Broncos


  By Brad Carroll  

Here's some shocking news for all New York Jets fans out there waiting for something good to happen in free agency - the team has actually signed someone. Of course, don't get too excited, because the Jets simply inked one of their own players, fullback Lex Hillard.

Pro Football Talk first reported the deal, which appears to be a one-year agreement. Hillard didn't get many opportunities on offense for the Jets, rushing eight times for 31 yards and catching four passes for 23 yards.

Bigger news for the Jets happened across the country. The Denver Broncos have signed wide receiver Wes Welker to a two-year contract, snatching him away from the New England Patriots. Anything that hurts the Patriots, is great news for the Jets.

Among the Jets free agents, it appears tight end Dustin Keller is close to signing a contract with the rival Miami Dolphins. He is reportedly taking a physical.

Shonn Greene Signs With Titans
As Jets Continue To Lose Players

  By Brad Carroll  
Shonn Greene signs with Tennessee. (AP photo)
The New York Jets continue to lose players this free agency period. The latest is running back Shonn Greene, who has signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans. He will be the No. 2 back behind starter Chris Johnson. It gives Tennessee a tremendous 1-2 punch in the backfield.

There was virtually no chance Greene would return to the Jets, so the news of his signing elsewhere isn't surprising. It does, however, show the Jets have a lot of work to do this offseason, even if it doesn't mean making big moves in free agency. There are holes everywhere on both offense and defense.

Greene signs a three-year deal worth $10 million with Tennessee. He gets $4.5 million guaranteed.

Newington-Berlin Hockey's
B.J. Richard's Goal That Was No. 1
On SportsCenter's Top 10 List


Giants Sign Josh Brown To Take Over For Longtime Kicker Lawrence Tynes

  By Brad Carroll  
Josh Brown was signed by the Giants. (AP photo)
The New York Giants are making a switch at kicker next season. The team signed former St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks kicker Josh Brown. He will replace Lawrence Tynes, who had some very big moments for the Giants during his tenure.

Brown played in four games with the Cincinnati Bengals last year, making 11-of[12 field goals. Interestingly enough he was in training camp with the New York Jets last year but lost a kicking competition to Nick Folk. Brown has a career field goal percentage of 81.3 percent.

Tynes had his moments with the Giants, including winning both the 2007 and 2011 NFC Championship games with field goals in overtime. He's the only kicker in NFL history to hit two game-winning field goals in overtime during the postseason. Tynes, who played six seasons in New York, was 33-of-39 on field goals last year. He has a 81.5 field goal percentage in his nine-year career.

Jets Possible Starting Quarterback Targets Take II: Mark Sanchez Is Favorite, But What About Matt Flynn, Ryan Fitzpatrick And The Rest

Could Matt Flynn be a trade target for the Jets? (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

Two and a half months ago we went through the possible quarterbacks that could start for the New York Jets next season. Not surprisingly, a lot has changed between now and then. The biggest and most shocking development has been incumbent Mark Sanchez going from having virtually no shot at starting to being an almost guarantee to do just that next season.

A lot of factors have gone into making Sanchez the odds on favorite to regain his starting job, including a weak draft class, an uninspiring free agent group and a trade market that hasn't favored the Jets at all. Two of the three big-name possibilities have already come off the board, as Michael Vick re-signed with the Eagles and Alex Smith was traded from the 49ers to the Chiefs. The third, Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn, hasn't been linked to any trade news and appears to be staying put, at least for now.

All that leaves Sanchez as the favorite to start again next season, even though that could change in the coming days and weeks. So, here's our updated look at the possible starting quarterbacks for the Jets next season.

Giants Bring Back Aaron Ross And Ryan Torain, Lose Martellus Bennett To Bears And Chris Canty To Ravens

Aaron Ross has signed with the Giants. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

The New York Giants have lost two players to free agency, re-signed one and brought back a former player to the fold as the NFL opened the market Tuesday. Gone are tight end Martellus Bennett and defensive lineman Chris Canty, re-signed is running back Ryan Torain, while former Giants cornerback Aaron Ross has signed a contract after spending time with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bennett signed a contract with the Chicago Bears and Canty joined the suddenly depleted Baltimore Ravens defense. Torain is back and could be used in a rotation that most likely won't feature Ahmad Bradshaw next season. Ross will provide depth to the secondary.

The Giants also reportedly lost out on one of their free agent targets, as Josh Cribbs is close to signing with the Arizona Cardinals, FOX Sports reports. The Giants wanted Cribbs to take over the role of Domenik Hixon, mainly as a return specialist. Hixon, by the way, has been offered a contract by the Detroit Lions but hasn't accepted as of yet, according to a USA Today report.

Jets Lose Mike DeVito To Chiefs

Mike DeVito has signed with Kansas City. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

The New York Jets have lost a player in free agency. Mike DeVito signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on the first day of free agency Tuesday, leaving the Jets after six seasons. DeVito gets $12.6 million over three years with over $6 million guaranteed. That's an enormous payday for a serviceable player, something the Jets could never duplicate in their new, money-saving approach.

DeVito was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Maine in 2007 and exceeded everyone's expectations, becoming a solid player on the Jets defensive line. The Jets lost DeVito hours after releasing another long-time defensive lineman, Sione Po'uha. The latter was another cost-cutting move.

Now, the ascension of defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis becomes of even greater importance as the Jets will be extremely young along the defensive line next year. Ellis would join former first round picks Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples as the base of the Jets defense.

Jets Targeting Brandon Gibson,
Mike Goodson In Free Agency,
Could Nnamdi Asomugha And
Ryan Fitzpatrick Be On Their Way?

Brandon Gibson could be flying with Jets next season. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  

NFL free agency has been all the rage since opening just over two hours ago and already several players have been on the move. So far, the Miami Dolphins appear to be the biggest winners, while the Baltimore Ravens have been losing players a fever pitch. As for the New York Jets, there hasn't been much news except for a pair of players coming in for visits.

Here's a quick rundown of the players set to visit the Jets, and those that very well could garner interest in the minutes, hours and days ahead as the break-neck speed of free agency continues.

Jets Release Sione Po'uha As Free Agency Is About To Begin Around NFL

Sione Po'uha was released by the Jets today. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll   
As free agency is just hours away from opening for real around the NFL, the New York Jets continue to blow up the roster under new general manager John Idzik. Today, the team released nose tackle Sione Po'uha, a longtime starter who battled injuries last season.

If Po'uha was on the roster Thursday, his entire $4.9 million salary would have been guaranteed, so there was little chance he was going survive. Still, just last year the Jets signed Po'uha to a three-year, $15 million deal as the tackle was emerging as a Pro Bowl-type player.

This, however, is a new era of Jets football, where money appears to supersede everything. The Jets free up $3.8 million in cap space with the Po'uha release.

Giving Away Nomar Garciaparra's Number And More Insults Thrown At Red Sox Nation So Far This Spring

Nomar Garciaparra retired as a fan favorite.
  By Matt Straub  
The Boston Red Sox have a tougher policy on retiring numbers than most teams, though they have admittedly broken it a couple of times in recent years. It is the enforcement of this policy, however, which has broken my heart already this spring. It also sent another strong message to Red Sox Nation that the team doesn’t care about rebuilding its relationship with its fans.

I was watching Spring Training highlights the other day and saw No. 5 taking a swing in a Red Sox uniform. After a brief moment, I realized it wasn’t Nomar Garciaparra. Not only was it not the former Red Sox great, but it was a player who once sucker punched Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp.

I admit I’m one of the few who hasn’t let that infamous Red Sox-Devil Rays fight from a few years ago go, but there’s a larger point here. The Red Sox aren’t going to retire Nomar’s number, and they gave it to a newcomer to the team, Jonny Gomes.