Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez: "I don't think I've seen a more passionate, smarter hitter walk through his day-to-day activities. He studies, he watches as much video as I've ever seen." Arizona is hoping to re-sign Martinez but faces stiff competition. Red Sox interested, too.

Week 15 will have major playoff implications (0:47)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras says Red Sox haven't given him any indication that they're making Jackie Bradley Jr. available in potential trades.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick said earlier Wednesday that the Patriots would have some roster moves later in the day, and one of them is the release of LB Jonathan Freeny. He had been signed last week and filled the extra spot created when TE Rob Gronkowski was serving a one-game NFL suspension. With Gronkowski back with the team, and his roster exemption ending Wednesday, the Patriots needed to make a move.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the quick turnaround from Monday's loss, Bill Belichick said Wednesday will be a lighter work day for Patriots players before the tempo rises on Thursday. With that, the team will hold its practice inside the Empower Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

Belichick has high praise for Bell and Brown (1:04)
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FPI ranks best games of NFL Week 15

Critical matchups in the NFC West and AFC West are among the top-rated Week 15 games, per FPI's matchup quality metrics, and AFC playoff seeding will hinge on the Steelers-Patriots battle in Pittsburgh.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The baseball writers' choices for the Hall of Fame are due 12/31 & the results announcement is 1/24, but the people's choices re: Barry Bonds & Roger Clemens are in, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll, released Tue. & 49% said no to the duo, 35% yes & 16% didn't know or had no opinion. 62% said they agree with HoFer Joe Morgan that players with a history of PEDs use don't belong in the HoF & 26% disagreed.

Red Sox eyeing J.D. Martinez (2:48)
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Source: J.D. Martinez to meet with Red Sox

Free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez is headed to the winter meetings, where he is expected to meet with the Boston Red Sox and other potential teams. The Red Sox need power, and Martinez may be their top choice.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics say Al Horford will sit out Wednesday vs Nuggets for rest. Kyrie Irving (quad) is probable. Marcus Morris (knee) is out again.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Cora reiterated that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning if it's a higher-leverage situation than the ninth. Also, Cora won't prioritize alternating lefties and righties in lineup, citing Astros' production with five righties atop the lineup.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to participating in Red Sox's internal meetings, Alex Cora has called some players as part of the recruiting process. "If they want me to jump on a plane somewhere, I'm ready," said Cora, who added he was close to flying to Los Angeles if Shohei Ohtani had wanted to meet with the Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski won't say whether the Red Sox will meet with J.D. Martinez here Tuesday night, but Alex Cora is meeting with the media at the winter meetings.

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Source: Patriots close to deal with WR Britt

The Patriots are close to a deal with wide receiver Kenny Britt, who was waived by the Browns on Friday. The former first-round pick has been dogged by off-field issues. At 6 feet 2, he'd give QB Tom Brady a bigger target.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Lying in a hospital bed won't stop Ryan Shazier from game-planning with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked whether he expects to have Jose Abreu on his roster. As you'd expect, he deftly sidestepping the inquiry, "Right now, Jose Abreu is a White Sox. He's our first baseman."