All indications are that the Red Sox are still working toward a deal with Mike Napoli, who would then take over as Boston’s starting first baseman this season. However, nothing has been finalized yet, so it’s likely that the Sox are still doing their homework in order to formulate a contingency plan.
But who exactly is Plan B?
Well, recent reports indicated that the Red Sox contacted Adam LaRoche, but he re-signed with the Nationals on a two-year deal, leaving the already slim first-base market that much slimmer. What the LaRoche signing did do, though, was open up the possibility that Washington could deal Mike Morse, who would have become the Nats’ first baseman had LaRoche signed elsewhere.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are among the teams in contact with the Nationals about Morse, and he opined that trading for the 30-year-old slugger makes sense for Boston. Rosenthal even insists that trading for Morse might be less of a risk than signing Napoli, whose deal...