Now that we know that Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are off the board, it’s time to focus on who might be manning first base for the Boston Red Sox in 2014.
Obviously Mike Napoli is the natural first option for Boston. We learned as much yesterday when manager John Farrell appeared on the Salk and Holly Show yesterday afternoon on WEEI.
Farrell says the organization is still working to either keep Napoli or find someone comparable for first base.
— WEEI (@WEEI) December 4, 2013
As we have learned under the direction of Ben Cherington, The Sox are usually firm in their offers and are not afraid to go in a different direction. While most Sox fans would like to see Napoli return, we need to look at some other options at first base.
The Red Sox could try to find another first baseman via trade. Mike Trumbo would be the ideal guy in exchange for a starting pitcher like John Lackey, but it is unlikely that The Angels would part with Trumbo unless it was for a young stud that could provide quality innings for years to come.
The free agent market is slim when it comes to first baseman, with James Loney being the best of the bunch that remain unsigned. His production last year at the plate is enough to make Boston shy away from bringing him back to Boston. With Winter Meetings almost here, you can expect to see Cherington making moves to solidify first base for the Red Sox moving forward.