– In light of Raw and iMPACT! going head-to-head tonight, there will be both iMPACT! and Raw recaps. Time pending, there may also be an editorial on what tonight could potentially mean for the future of pro wrestling. Stay tuned.
– The Red Sox are set to sign 3B Adrian Beltre. The deal is expected to be a two-year deal worth between $10-$10.5M annually, which seems like a lot to give a player who hit just .265/.304/.379 and eight home runs in 2009. That said, he’s an elite defender and the Red Sox have made shoring up their defense a priority this offseason.
– The Rockies have signed C Miguel Olivo to a one-year contract with a 2011 option. That officially ends C Yorvit Torrealba’s tenure in Colorado. Olivo, 31, hit .249/.292/.490 with a career-high 23 home runs and 65 RBI last season and will battle for starting duties with Chris Iannetta in 2010. A straight platoon obviously wouldn’t be good for fantasy purposes.
– There has been “no movement in talks” between the Reds and free agent OF Jonny Gomes, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Gomes, who slugged 20 home runs and posted an .879 OPS last season, is seeking more than the Reds are willing to give. Perhaps his price will come down as the winter wears on and he’s without a uniform. The market for a 29-year-old outfielder with poor plate discipline isn’t exactly a lucrative one.
– Ducks F Ryan Getzlaf (lacerated leg) has been placed on the IR. The move is retroactive December 26, so Getzlaf would still be eligible to play in Tuesday’s game if he’s healthy. Getzlaf has missed four straight games due to the injury.
– A grand jury could soon decide whether the gun case involving Wizards G Gilbert Arenas and F Javaris Crittenton merits weapons charges and assault charges. Arenas met with police on Monday, and released his official statement — “I took the unloaded guns out in a misguided effort to play a joke on a teammate,” said Arenas. “I never threatened or assaulted anyone…I now recognize that what I did was a mistake. I should not have brought the guns to DC in the first place.” The question now seems to be not whether Arenas will be punished, but how severely — even if he escapes from the law, both the Wizards and the NBA could fine and/or suspend him.
– The Washington Post reports that the Redskins will name Mike Shanahan their next head coach on Tuesday, “barring unforeseen glitches.” Shanahan arrived at club headquarters at 3ET Monday. The rest of the Skins’ coaching staff will reportedly undergo a “sweeping change,” with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer the apparent favorite to take over the same position in D.C. Shanahan’s son, Kyle, will coordinate the offense. NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi also reported Monday that Mike Shanahan will be named team president, giving him significant influence over all personnel.
– The final year on Seahawks WR Nate Burleson’s contract is set to void after the Super Bowl. Burleson will be a UFA in March, meaning Seattle may have to replace two of its top three receivers this offseason. WR Deion Branch is expected to be released. Burleson is still only 28 and played the best football of his career in 2009. He’ll garner interest on a thin open market.
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