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.
While other teams view Napoli as primarily a catcher, if he
were to sign with the Red Sox his role “would be more in question,” according
to Rosenthal. After the signing of David Ross earlier this offseason, the Red
Sox already have three catchers on their roster.
However, Boston is also in the market for a first baseman, a
position Napoli has manned more consistently over the past few seasons. While
the Red Sox could trade one of their backstops to make room for more playing
time for Napoli, Rosenthal believes the veteran slugger would be “more of a
first baseman than catcher” if he signs with the Red Sox.
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