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March 12, 2013

Crunch Time

Not hopeful

David Ortiz was not optimistic when talking about his chances of being in the opening day lineup on Monday.

“Opening Day was my goal,” Ortiz said. “Right now, Opening Day seems like it’s not the case.”

Ortiz hasn’t seen action since last July when he injured his right achilles. He was supposed to be ready for opening day after resting the entire offseason (and signing a new two year deal), but the injury has not progressed as planned. Mike Napoli, Johnny Gomes and several other players could see increased at bats at designated hitter in the absence of Ortiz.

“Patriot for life”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it clear about his feelings on free agent to be wide receiver Wes Welker.

“I love Wes Welker,” Kraft said on Monday. “I hope he’s a Patriot for life.”

Welker is slated to become an unrestricted free agent today as the Patriots neglected to use the franchise tag on him for the second straight season. He led the Patriots with 118 receptions and 1,354 yards receiving last season.

Blockbuster deals

A pair of big name wide receivers were traded on Monday, a day before free agency begins in the NFL.

On Monday afternoon the Seahawks made a huge acquisition shipping a first round draft pick to Minnesota for versatile wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin has racked up more than 7,000 all purpose yards in four seasons in the league and brings a new dimension to the Seahawks as he can run, catch and return.

Hours later the 49ers kept pace with their division rivals shipping a sixth round pick to Baltimore for Anquan Boldin, the same guy who torched the Niners secondary in the Ravens’ Super Bowl win.

Both the Niners and Seahawks are young and both look to be improved in 2013 which could make for the best rivalry in the entire league.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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