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Even with David Ross, the Red Sox are still looking at Mike Napoli

Nov 12, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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Over the weekend, Matthew sketched out a way the Red Sox could still use Mike Napoli despite the fact that they signed David Ross and still have Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hanging around.  Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that that option is definitely still on the table. Indeed, his column today seems like an advocacy piece for Napoli.

When you have a team that’s kinda sorta rebuilding — or reloading or rejiggering or whatever you want to say what the Red Sox are doing — the kind of flexibility Napoli would provide seems to make a lot of sense.

  1. professor30 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Napoli and Ross sounds good to me and say see ya to both Salty’s K’s and Lavarnway.

  2. hammyofdoom - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The reason they are still looking at Napoli is because they dont see him as a full time catcher, and probably see him as more 1B than catcher at this point.

  3. roverkarlthecannedham - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    He would make a fine replacement for Adrian Gonzalez over at first base. His ability with the tools of ignorance are an asset rather than detraction for a deal with the Red Sox. Any surplus bodies can be traded for arms at this stage. In addition he could be signed then flipped for a pitcher. I understand that James Shields might be available for the right bats or a catcher, of which Mr. Napoli is both, though it is foolish to expect this one as the Rays will be unlikely to trade within the division.

  4. hushbrother - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I wouldn’t complain if it happened (Napoli’s been a Red Sox killer) but I don’t think the Sox should sign him. A Salty/Ross platoon should provide at worst league average offense at catcher (forget Lavarnway, he has no business playing in the major leagues) and adding Napoli to the mix would just be getting greedy. Unless they trade Salty I don’t see any role for Napoli other than everyday first baseman, and that’s not where the Red Sox should be (over)spending right now.

  5. storebrandcookies - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Napoli – who is mostly a pull hitter playing at Fenway.. Lord oh Lord.

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