Sep 20, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox player Jackie Bradley Jr. (25) reacts to being called out at second on a double play by the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox re-sign Napoli, Outfield next?


 

The Red Sox have re-signed 1st Basemen and beard extraordinaire Mike Napoli for the next 2 years. Though they overpaid on a yearly basis for “Nap” I’m happy he’s back in the fold. The question remains, what comes next?  Outfield? Re-signing of Stephen Drew?

Time will tell but let’s take a look at the Outfield options.

For me there are two Free Agents that peak my interest.

1. Choo, who in 2013 posted- .285AVG/.423OBP/.885OPS, 21HR’s. I wouldn’t have him play CF, instead he would play in Left. The biggest problem here is; How many years and for how much?

2. R.Davis, who in 2013 posted- .260AVG/.312OBP/.687OPS, 6HR’s, 45 Stolen Bases

Davis would replace the speed lost when Ellsbury left. He would split time with Jackie Bradley Jr. and give the other two Outfielders a rest.

One of the Red Sox reporters (I won’t name) keeps saying the Red Sox don’t have the money for any more Free Agents; I disagree and wonder where he gets his financial numbers from. I believe they have over $30M to spend.

The other possibility is to trade for an Outfielder. There are two that come to mind, Matt Kemp and Giancarlo Stanton. One would take a ton of prospects to land (if at all), the other would take less but L.A. would have to pay a big chunk of his salary. Neither player was 100% healthy in 2013 but let’s look at their most recent stat’s.

Kemp- 73G, 71H, 15D, 6HR, 33RBI, .270AVG/.328OBP/.723OPS

Stanton- 116G, 106H, 26D, 24HR, 62RBI, .249AVG/.365OBP/.845OPS

The Red Sox would be buying low on either one of the above players after a down year and injuries. Can Ben swing a deal at the upcoming Winter Meetings?  I believe we will see a trade or two, which will most likely include one of their Starting Pitchers and or Prospects. Until then, what would you do?

 

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  • stully.ALCHAMPS

    sign a guy like guttierez or trade for coco crisp that way we wont lose all our best prospects(stanton) and wont have to hope for health while payin him out the ass(kemp) than A. sign drew back or B. trade lester for something like masterson stubbs and asdrubal