// Mike Napoli

Happ-less Sox Shut Down, Lackey Injured

Everything seemed to be going according to the plan general manager Ben Cherington had in mind through the first four games of the season for the Boston Red Sox. The team was hitting, pitching, and playing good defense. On Saturday, the team experienced the type of loss that forced Red Sox Nation to put the […]

Red Sox Squeeze Out Win Against Blue Jays in John Farrell’s Return to Toronto

Boston Red Sox manager and former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell made his first return to the Rogers Centre since leaving for the Red Sox in the offseason. Welcomed with mixed reactions but mostly booing, Farrell noted that he loved Toronto, but has no regrets. The Red Sox were able to squeak out a […]

ESPN’s Offseason Grade for Red Sox is Not Too Far Off

About a month ago, ESPN put up an article about the grade of all the moves and different positions that the Boston Red Sox, and every other MLB team, made, and the Red Sox received a B. That’s it a straight-out B. I may be an optimist with this team, but I think this type […]

How Many Games Will the 2013 Red Sox Win?

It’s never easy to try and predict how many games any team will win, especially in baseball, and especially entering a year where the Boston Red Sox find themselves in one of the strongest divisions — on paper, that is. It’s unclear as to how things will really play out, especially with all the players who […]

Is David Ortiz the Achilles’ Heel for the Red Sox?

When the Boston Red Sox signed slugger David Ortiz to a two-year deal for $26 million, a gentle quiver traveled across Red Sox Nation. Of course, the return of the lone familiar face from the 2004 World Series championship team is a good thing–Ortiz is the most dangerous offensive threat the Sox have these days. […]

2013 Red Sox Depth Chart: Catcher – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway, David Ross, Mike Napoli

Boston’s crowded cluster of catching candidates has been a hot topic this offseason. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway, both of whom present some upside with significant question marks entering 2013, though it appears the team is prepared to start Saltalamacchia when the season kicks off. It also seems likely that the team will utilize free […]

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 […]