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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox need middle-of-the-order "thunder," in David Ortiz's words. Ortiz continues to endorse Edwin Encarnacion, but acknowledged Red Sox need to allocate enough money for long-term deals for Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, etc.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz isn't surprised Red Sox haven't tried to talk him into playing one more year. "I made myself clear. It's not about the money. It's how you feel. I'm old, man."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady says it is a tough blow losing Rob Gronkowski. He said there aren't players like Gronkowski just hanging out on the street.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Jones doesn't blame David Ortiz for not being amused by Orioles' parting gift of broken telephone. "I really didn't like that either. I think we could've done a little bit more." Like what? "I would've got him a bushel of crabs. We did that for Jeter."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Could Carlos Beltran be primed to have David Ortiz-like success at age 40 in 2017? "I think he is," CC Sabathia said. "He works hard, he's in great shape and takes care of his body, so I think he is."

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Gronk makes all the difference for Brady

History says Tom Brady will struggle without Rob Gronkowski (back surgery). Since Gronk was drafted in 2010, Brady's TD-INT ratio has been cut nearly in half without the tight end on the field. (ESPN Stats & Info)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees' CC Sabathia sees Carlos Beltran "all the time." Their wives are close; Beltran lives in NY. "I would love for him to come back," Sabathia said. Beltran is top target of both Yanks and Red Sox.

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Tom Brady should cruise to record victory

A Jeff Fisher upset special is always a possibility, but both NFL Nation reporters expect a Patriots win. ESPN's FPI pegs the Pats as better than 9-1 favorites to capture Brady's 201st career win. Predictions (Insider)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots will be without TE Rob Gronkowski as he undergoes back surgery, but they added his brother back to the practice squad on Friday. FB Glenn Gronkowski was present at practice, as this would mark the fourth time he's been re-signed to the practice squad this year.

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Matthew Berry's list of Gronk replacements (0:40)
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How Gronk's absence will affect Tom Brady (1:48)

Where do Red Sox stand for winter meetings?

What are the Red Sox's biggest needs heading into next week's winter meetings? What free agents could they be interested in? Who could they trade? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams (Insider)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez says he didn't come to David Ortiz's charity golf tournament with intention of recruiting Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista to Red Sox. "I won't talk about baseball. I can wish them good luck to go where they think they can win a championship."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Hanley Ramirez is hoping Red Sox will allow him to play a few games in winter ball in preparation for playing for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox won't tender a contract to catcher Bryan Holaday, making him a free agent.

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What will Pats' offense look like without Gronk? (1:29)
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Gronk injury an unfortunate situation (0:32)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick: "Obviously we're all disappointed. Nobody has worked harder than Rob and been a better teammate. So hopefully things will work out positively as possible with him. All the information we gave you is all we have for now. I'm sure there will be more coming in as we go through the next few days. We'll take it as it comes. It's an unfortunate situation for him."

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