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2013 Red Sox Depth Chart: 1st Base – Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, Others

The Boston Red Sox enter the 2013 season with unexpected uncertainty regarding first base, after trading away slugger Adrian Gonzalez at the trading deadline this past year. Gonzalez had been inked through 2018, but his inability to give the Sox the power they had expected led to his shipment out of town. Now the position […]

Red Sox Spring Training Fantasy Rundown: First Base

The Red Sox had seemed set at the first base position for the next half a decade, and then that certainty vanished. Adrian Gonzalez was shipped to the Dodgers in a salary dump unlike any other in professional sports history. The were relegated to starting Mauro Gomez and James Loney (now of the Tampa Bay […]

Red Sox Spring Training Fantasy Rundown: Four-Headed Catching Monster

Last season, the Red Sox had one strong starting option at the catcher position at the start of the season. After this past offseason, you could argue that they now have four big league catchers with the ability to produce on a day-to-day basis. However, the volatility at the first base position has resulted in one player […]

New Mike Napoli Contract is Perfect for the New-Look Red Sox

Mike Napoli agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Thursday morning that guaranteed only $5 million, according to sources via ESPN. The deal includes multiple incentives that could push his salary up to the $13 million annual salary he was originally supposed to get in the three-year deal worth $39 million. The […]

Did the Red Sox Miss Out on Lance Berkman?

While the Red Sox struggled to finalize the Mike Napoli deal, they had looked at other options like veteran slugger Lance Berkman. The former Astro, Yankee and Cardinal eventually signed with the Texas Rangers, as the Sox presumably never had enough interest to sign Berkman. The Rangers signed Berkman to a one-year deal worth $11 […]

Michael Morse Best Option for Red Sox if Mike Napoli Deal Falls Through

Michael Morse is one of the few options remaining in the trade market that the Boston Red Sox should make a run after. The Washington Nationals recently signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal, and he will be manning first base instead of Morse. The Red Sox would still need to give a couple solid […]

To Spend or Save? Are the Red Sox Better Off?

When the infamous Megadeal took place in August, a new realm of possibilities opened up for the Red Sox going forward. With almost all significant contracts either expiring or dumped onto the Dodgers, Boston essentially had $105 MM to burn…or use responsibly, because that would be cool too. The Red Sox were no longer crippled […]

What Will Happen if the Red Sox Can’t Sign Mike Napoli?

A little over a month ago, the Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with slugger Mike Napoli to be their primary first baseman with a 3-year, $39mm dollar deal, and yet there has been no formal press conference, no real news, and much speculation as to why this deal is not finalized. On the surface, […]

Reaction to Cody Ross Signing With the Arizona Diamondbacks

Former Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross has signed a 3-year, $26 million dollar deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. There were thoughts that even though the Red Sox signed Shane Victorino, that Ross could still possibly be part of the team. When John Farrell was hired as the new Red Sox manager, it was widely believed […]

The Changing Landscape of the American League East

Buckle your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen. This is not in the AL East we’re used to any more. After a turbulent regular season, marked by the Baltimore Orioles making the playoffs and the Boston Red Sox finishing in last place, the offseason that followed has been equally hectic. A flurry of big-name acquisitions by […]

Red Sox Won Big at Winter Meetings With Short-Term Deals

Yes, the Boston Red Sox lost out on the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes to the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean that the 2013 season is even close to lost. The Red Sox added some key pieces that will help over the next several seasons while developing their prospects into MLB-level talent. Here are […]

Why the Red Sox Should Steer Clear of the Mets’ R.A Dickey

The Boston Red Sox have made their presence known in the Winter Meetings with the aggressive signings of Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, plugging the team’s holes at first base and right field. But the Red Sox still need to fill their biggest need: signing or trading for a starting pitcher. With several options out in […]

Why the Red Sox Should Have Never Offered Jacoby Ellsbury for Cliff Lee

So far in the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox have been aggressive with the signings of Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Koji Uehara. Still, one of the biggest topics is Jacoby Ellsbury, who remains with the team, for now. When the Sox signed Victorino, questions surfaced of what the Sox will do with Ellsbury. The latest […]

Red Sox Catcher Confusion in Boston?

At the beginning of this offseason, there were many questions that the Red Sox and GM Ben Cherington needed to address. One of them was probably not about the catching situation though. The team carried two catchers into the end of the 2012 season and they were Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway. But the Red […]

Red Sox Land their Top Free Agent: C/1B/DH Mike Napoli set to join Boston for 3 years, $39MM

It took until the morning of the first day of the annual Winter Meetings, but the Red Sox have landed Mike Napoli, who will start primarily at first base and designated hitter. Reports indicate that he has signed a three-year deal with a high average annual value to avoid having to go to a fourth […]