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The 2012 MLB winter meetings started off with a splash for the Boston Red Sox yesterday after they reportedly signed free agent, first baseman/ catcher, Mike Napoli to a 3 year deal for $13 million annually. That deal was just the first of hopefully many deals made by General Manager Ben Cherington. As soon as the Napoli deal was reported the rumor wheel began turning faster and faster.
The first rumor was that the Red Sox were talking to Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher about a contract. The Red Sox have yet to re-sign outfielder Cody Ross, and by signing Swisher, it would appear the Red Sox would part ways with Ross, unless of course there is a bigger plan they have in mind of moving a piece like Jacoby Ellsbury.
Last season for the Yankees Nick Swisher hit .272 with 24 homeruns, and 93 RBI’s. Ross who was one of the few bright spots in the Red Sox dismal season, hit .267 with 22 homeruns, and 81 RBI’s. Signing Swisher over Ross would essentially replace Ross with an identical hit...
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Mike Napoli is receiving a lot of praise for his decision to come to Boston for the next three years.
The catcher/first baseman signed a three-year contract with the Sox on Monday, and early reports have him slated to primarily play first base.
The Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham applauded the signing, and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian believes that with a couple more solid signings, the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 39 million, three-year contract. The deal is subject to Napoli passing a physical, which will take place later this week, the person said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. A 31-year-old who also...
The Red Sox may be closing in on making the first big splash of the winter meetings.
WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are “close” to signing first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli to a three-year deal. The potential financial terms are unknown at this point.
And because the Rangers did not make Napoli a qualifying offer, the Red Sox will not lose a draft pick should they officially...
Napoli will feel at home at Fenway Park
The Red Sox reached a 3-year agreement with 1B/C Mike Napoli today, a player long-coveted by Ben Cherington and the Red Sox front office. The 31-year old right-handed hitter will provide some much needed pop in the middle of the Red Sox order. Napoli hit 24 home runs last season and hasn’t hit below 20 since his 2nd full year in 2007...
The Boston Red Sox webesite reports that Mike Napoli and the Sox have agreed to a three- year, $39 million contract. Red Sox fans everywhere should breath a sigh of relief, take a moment, and venture a smile–this is a good sign for the Boston.
Gone, it appears, are the days of the overpay and the extra year. Napoli was pushing hard for a fourth (by some reports fifth) year on...
WEEI's Rob Bradford is reporting that the Red Sox are closing in on a contract with free agent C/1B Mike Napoli, believed to be for three years. Financial terms haven't yet been reported, and no one for the Red Sox (obviously) has commented.
Napoli put up an .812 OPS (and 24 homers) in an injury-plagued 2012.
If the deal is consummated, Winter Meetings will have kicked...
The Boston Red Sox shored up their offense a bit by agreeing to a three year, $39 million deal with 31-year old free agent catcher/DH/first baseman Mike Napoli.
Napoli joins a complicated Boston catching contingent that includes newly signed backup (yet, not a backup) David Ross, along with incumbent Jarrod Saltalamacchia and prospect Ryan Lavarnway (who can't catch). With...
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The Mariners (who wanted to sign Napoli as a catcher), Mets, Yankees, White Sox and Dodgers, according to major league sources, are expected to be in the market for catchers. With Napoli and Ross now added to...
Ben Cherington figures to be a busy man this week and over the duration of the MLB offseason, as he seeks to reload a 93-loss team from a year ago.
One such way to do that is sign key free agents who not only add pop to the lineup, but also add a solid mix to the clubhouse. It’s hoped that the newest member of the Red Sox will do just that.
Mike Napoli reportedly agreed to a three...
The Red Sox are in a rebuilding phase. For a while, it appeared they weren’t going to admit it, that they were going to make their customary splash in the overpriced free agent market. Hand out another Sindey Crosby type contract. Sign someone through their unborn child’s awkward years. For some, the acquisition of Mike Napoli may seem like deja vu in that regard, but its not...
Mike Napoli isn’ t the only former Ranger heading to Boston.
According to Gerry Fraley of DallasNews.com, the Sox and right-handed reliever Koji Uehara have agreed on a one-year deal on Thursday, contingent on Uehara passing his physical.
The 37-year-old appeared in 37 games for the Rangers in 2012 and posted a 1.75 ERA.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post says (via Twitter) since the San Francisco Giants have Angel Pagan back in the mix. They’ve spoken with Nick Swisher‘s representatives, but are thinking smaller (Ryan Ludwick, Scott Hairston). Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says (via Twitter) Swisher would like to play for the Giants. In another tweet, he points out that it makes sense that Swisher...