// Mike Napoli

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 […]

New Offseason, but Same Problems for the Red Sox

Ben Cherington is at it again. And by that I mean doing next to nothing to put the Red Sox in a position to be competitive next season. As free agents are slowly coming off the board, the Red Sox look no better off than they were at the end of a dreadful 2012 season. […]

Would Lance Berkman Make a Good Addition for the Red Sox?

One of the Red Sox needs this season is a first baseman. There are several options, including Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche. Playing at Fenway Park, Napoli has a .462 average, while LaRoche has a .083 average. Napoli is seen as the better option because he dominates at Fenway and he has flexibility around the field. But according to […]

Red Sox 2012 Offseason: Rebuilding through Trades

The Boston Red Sox have a lot of choices to make this offseason, and with a relatively weak free agent class (outside of the mega contracts that will go to Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke), the Sox are left with limited options. Their late season salary dump of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and […]

Mike Aviles’s Bloop Single in 9th Propels Red Sox Past Rangers

When the Texas Rangers tied the game in the sixth inning at one run a piece, the game certainly had the feel of another loss for the Boston ball club in what has been a difficult 2012 season. However, if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the team this year, it’s that they always manage […]

Red Sox Clobbered in Texas to Start Road Trip

The Red Sox began one of their most significant stretches of the 2012 season on Monday night, as the team opened a three-game series with the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, the Sox bats were quiet and starter Felix Doubront couldn’t contain the Rangers lineup, with Boston falling to Texas by a final score of 9-1. The […]

Red Sox All-Star Snubs Atchison, Saltalamacchia a Step Behind the Field

On Tuesday the American and National Leagues will square off as All-Star representatives meet in Kansas City where the two leagues battle for home field advantage in the 2012 World Series. For the eighth time in his career, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz heads to the game, this time with the honor of being the […]

Rangers C Napoli Helps Drop Red Sox to 4-8

Hey, at least they’re better than 2-10! OK, but 4-8 isn’t much to be proud of. The Red Sox fell four games under .500 again after dropping another game to the Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday. Mike Napoli was the latest nemesis, blasting a go-ahead 2-run home run in the fourth inning and a back-breaking, bases-loaded […]

Lester Hit Hard, Rangers Practice Home Run Derby Cruising to 18-3 Victory

Jon Lester has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Red Sox the past few seasons. The past two years have brought Opening Day honors to the lefty. While the team was off to a slow start, Lester turned in two solid outings, each good enough to deserve the win under normal circumstances. […]

Kinsler and Hamilton Each Drive in Three as Rangers Crush Red Sox

If the Red Sox and Rangers face each other in the playoffs, the scorekeepers had best prepare: there will be runs, and lots of them. Sunday afternoon at Fenway was no exception. The Rangers banged out 15 hits and 11 runs against John Lackey and the Red Sox bullpen Sunday, winning the game and the […]