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BSJ Daily Briefing 07.11.18: Rosters in flux? Sox could dance with Mets again, league reacts to Smart

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if the Celtics are programming alarms for Robert Williams (teams have done that before)...

  • Some interesting stuff from Sean McAdam and Brian Robb in the last day.
  • Sean is hearing that the Red Sox could be looking to do a deal with the Mets for a second-straight year. Not really crazy about the names mentioned, but any bullpen help would be good.
  • The part in the piece that really sort of rankles me? That the Red Sox only have about $3 million to play with because they want to stay out of the luxury tax.
  • So the Yankees could add both Manny Machado and Zach Britton, and the Red Sox can't add more than $3 million. That's not going to work out well.
  • I bet the Sox were in Baltimore scouting Britton and not Machado.
  • And from B-Robb, it sure sounds like Smart's agents are just trying to drum up business with all these leaks. Not to mention the public parade in Vegas.
  • I mentioned it yesterday, but you see this a lot in all sports. Player hires agent who only tells him how he'll be rich if he signs with him, and how he'll get a max deal this year instead of being honest with the player. Player finds a very cold free-agent market. Player starts saying he's hurt and dismayed. Happens all the time.
  • Doesn't sound like Austin Ainge is too worried about Robert Williams' knee.

This video, of Semi Ojeleye and Jayson Tatum (playing one-on-one vs. Joel Embiid and Mo Bamba) is well worth your time.

Time to hit to the links...

PATRIOTS

Counting down the most valuable Patriots — No. 45 to No. 37

RED SOX

McAdam: Could Mets again be Red Sox’ trade partners?
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 8, Rangers 4 – Red Sox continue to pound opponents silly
Live Coverage: Red Sox 8, Rangers 4 – Winning streak continues with contributions at top and bottom of the lineup

CELTICS

BSJ Exclusive: Austin Ainge opens up on Robert Williams, 2019 draft class, Celtics offseason plans
Taking stock of the Marcus Smart saga around the league
Big 3 Podcast: Summer league chatter (live from Vegas)

REVOLUTION

Summer Transfer Window primer: Revs needs, and two rumored targets
World Cup: France advances to the Final with 1-0 win over Belgium

ON TAP

2 p.m.: World Cup — Semifinal: Croatia vs. England (Fox)
7:10 p.m.: MLB — Rangers at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)

PARTING THOUGHT

I bet a little part of the quiet and reserved Andrew Benintendi wishes he wasn't in this vote.

https://twitter.com/RedSox/status/1017008131581317120

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