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It looks like the Red Sox are still weighing their options in the free agent market and three players that may make sense for the team are Mike Napoli, Nick Swisher and Adam LaRoche.
Peter Gammons said that Boston has the most interest in Napoli, but he’s hearing the team is hesitant to offer him a three-year contract because of concerns about his defensive prowess at first base. The Red Sox also have first base prospect Travis Shaw coming up through the minors, who could be ready by the end of next season.
Gammons said that Swisher has the advantage of playing outfield and first base, while also having even splits against right handers and left handers, but LaRoche may be the best pure hitter of the three. LaRoche doesn’t have the positional flexibility that Napoli and Swisher do though.
Watch the video above to hear Gammons discuss the Red Sox free agent options with NESN’s Tom Caron on Red Sox Now.
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Mike Napoli frightens me.
Everything about him frightens me. When he comes up to bat against the Red Sox, I’m always frightened that he’s going to hit a ball into the last row of the upper deck and then throw his wad of chewing tobacco at the pitcher. I’m frightened when he makes eye contact with the camera. If I saw him in the streets, I’d turn and run the opposite way...
Now that the New York Yankees former starting catcher and
reported offseason target Russell Martin has signed a contract with the
Pittsburgh Pirates, it’s not clear where the team will turn to find backstop
help this winter. While things can certainly change, the Yankees are currently
not in on free agent Mike Napoli, and veteran A.J. Pierzynski “is unlikely to
Mike Napoli sits atop of Boston’s wish list.
According to the Boston Herald, Napoli is reportedly the Red Sox’ first option in free agency. If the club manages to reach an agreement with Napoli, they’d likely pencil him in at first base as opposed to catcher.
Napoli, who has already convened with the Red Sox and Mariners, is scheduled to sit down with the Rangers on Wednesday...
It seems that every MLB team is pining after free agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli this offseason, so you have to wonder why the Texas Rangers don’t seem to be rushing to re-sign their 2012 All Star.
The Rangers didn’t offer Napoli a qualifying offer this year after he rejected a three-year, $38 million extension last offseason. Napoli is meeting with the Rangers this...
According to reports, Russell Martin is on the verge of signing a 2-year, $17M deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, clearing the path for Texas Rangers free agent slugger Mike Napoli to sign with the Bronx Bombers (appropriate given his power). As if the Yankees need more pop, he’s be yet another middle of the lineup threat to go deep in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Anyone who thought that the Boston Red Sox would sit back and relax this offseason without making a splash following their blockbuster salary dump last season clearly has not been paying attention to how this team operates. Yes, the Red Sox dealt away Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett last season to the Los Angeles Dodgers to clear payroll. But they...
The hot stove season in Major League Baseball has been conspicuously cool for the Boston Red Sox. Aside from rounding out the coaching staff underneath new manager John Farrell, the Sox have only signed a back-up catcher in David Ross, a 4th (or 5th) outfielder in Jonny Gomes and a handful of minor league activity. [...]
Catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli appears to be the Boston
Red Sox “No. 1 target” over fellow free agents Nick Swisher and Adam LaRoche,
reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Napoli, at the moment, appears to be the team’s No. 1 target
over outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher, a switch-hitter, first baseman Adam
LaRoche, a left-handed hitter, and others.
The Red Sox have reportedly shown interest in each Nick Swisher, Mike Napoli and Cody Ross at certain points in this young offseason. Boston apparently wants to bring all three aboard by winter’s end.
CBSSports.com reports that the Sox have had discussions with all three and that signing the trio remains the team’s top offseason plan following a season in which Boston finished...
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The Red Sox's positional plan is starting to emerge, and it includes the trio of catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielders Nick Swisher and Cody Ross.
The Red Sox are in contact with all three...
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