The Boston Red Sox are still giving no official comment on what the heck is going on with Mike Napoli. But their actions -- perhaps -- speak louder than words.
While the Sox prefer to complete their deal with Napoli, they also are talking to free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to major league sources.
The discussions, first reported by Boston-based reporter Jen Royle, involve both two- and three-year possibilities, sources say. LaRoche, 33, wants a three-year deal, and that has been the main obstacle in his talks with his former club, the Washington Nationals.
If the Red Sox signed LaRoche, they could simply walk away from Napoli, who technically remains unsigned. But at this point, the Sox view LaRoche more as a possible alternative to Napoli than as a primary target, sources say.
Twenty-four days have passed since the Sox agreed with Napoli on a three-year, $39 million free-agent contract, intending for him to be their first baseman. The deal, however, still is no...