Originally posted on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 12/4/12
The Red Sox had been relatively quiet this offseason until Monday, the first day of the winter meetings, when the team made their first real splash by signing free agent 1B/C Mike Napoli. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford was the one to break the story. The deal is for three-years and $39 million, with $13 million being split evenly between the three years. With the signing the Red Sox now have four catchers on their roster in Napoli, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway and David Ross, which opens the door for the team to deal away either Saltalamacchia or Lavarnway. The consensus among the media as well as members of the organization is it will be Saltalamacchia who could have significant value out on the market. Mike Napoli fills power need, but defense sacrificed- Nick Cafardo looks at the signing noting Napoli is a below average first baseman, but makes up for it with his bat. Patience pays off with Mike Napoli- Chad Finn says the Red Sox stuck to their guns with Napoli not giving in to...
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