Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/8/14
The Red Sox’ offseason is steaming ahead full bore. On Monday, the first day of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Boston reportedly inked catcher and first baseman Mike Napoli to a three-year deal, not only plugging the team’s hole at first base, but also acquiring a player long desired by the franchise. Napoli immediately fills the first base and right-handed power void facing the Sox. So, the obvious follow-up question is where do they go from here? Boston clearly isn’t done this offseason. There are still both corner outfield spots, a rotation slot and possibly a vacancy at shortstop to fill, so suffice to say there is still some work to be done. Luckily, the Red Sox have the financial resources to do the necessary work. But who should Boston target next? Outfield is the most obvious spot, but it’s still conceivable that the Sox could sign an additional first baseman or look for help in other areas. Josh Hamilton is probably first and foremost among free-agent outfielders. The 31-year-old is coming off an MVP-type season, and his off-the-charts talent is a known quantity at this point. However, Hamilton also comes with as much baggage — in the form of well-documented addictions — as any player in baseball, and has injury concerns as he heads further north of 30. Cody Ross was hugely popular for the Red Sox in 2012, as the right fielder was the Red Sox’ lone threat to remain healthy and productive throughout the entirety of the season. With a swing and demeanor that seem tailor-made for Fenway Park, the team will likely try to bring him back, but could a bidding war drive up his price? Another intriguing option is Nick Swisher, the former Yankee who’s noted as one of the top on-base threats in baseball. Like Napoli, Swisher is a king of “old player’s skills,” meaning he walks and hits for power at good clips, making his overall value outweigh his ostensible totals. Other options that the Red Sox might kick the tires on include first baseman Adam LaRoche, who is coming of a career season with the Washington Nationals, and Shane Victorino, a versatile outfielder who can impact the game in many different ways. So, who do you want to see the Red Sox target now that Napoli has been added to the fold? Take Our Poll
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Robert Kraft: Richard Sherman is a 'marketing whiz'

Rob Gronkowski's party bus headed to Super Bowl

Matt Barnes not happy with NBA for $25,000 fine

Brandon Browner: 'No hard feelings' with Sherman, Thomas

Gronk reads erotica, sings Katy Perry at SB Media Day

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Governor donates $10K to UNM hoops star’s cancer charity

U.S. Soccer: Hope Solo needs to do 'number of things' to return

K.J. Wright: Targeting injured players 'unacceptable'

Five reasons the Patriots will win the Super Bowl

Five reasons the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl

Bill Simmons fires a shot at ESPN colleague Ray Lewis

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

Kurt Warner wonders about Patriots cheating in Super Bowl

4-star QB recruit decommits from Michigan

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Pacquiao, Mayweather meet at halftime of Heat game

One of Tom Brady's ‘treats’ is avocado ice cream

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Re-ranking the Top 25: exposing the biggest flaws

Tiger on wearing mask: ‘Not a lot of brown dudes at ski races’

Putting the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pieces together

Brodeur to retire immediately and join Blues front office

Michael Bennett talks about sex superstition, calls reporter gay

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Re-ranking the Top 25: exposing the biggest flaws

Putting the Cavs’ pieces together

Super Bowl XLIX: Key people to know

Ranking all 48 Super Bowls

Bill Simmons fires a shot at Ray Lewis

NFL pushing CFP to change schedule

Can Yanks not pay A-Rod his bonuses?

Petition started to remove Pats from SB

On John Wall's adidas J Wall 1 NYC All-Star Edition

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.