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Red Sox rumors: Boston still has Napoli on radar

Acquiring David Ross hasn't stopped the Red Sox from pursuing the catcher/first baseman.


The Boston Red Sox are still interested in acquiring first baseman/catcher even after signing free-agent catcher David Ross to a two-year deal over the weekend, reports Rob Bradford of WEEI:

David Ross isn't about to turn the Red Sox away from Mike Napoli.

Lack of production a season ago? Injury issues? Positional question marks? All fair concerns when viewing Napoli as a potential fit. But the addition of another catcher isn't going to dissuade the Sox from testing the free agent waters when it comes to the 31-year-old.

The Red Sox are no longer in the market for a catcher -- and may be in the process of shopping one of their incumbent backstops -- but the club still needs a first baseman, and Bradford posits that Boston views Napoli first and foremost as an answer to that need.

The righty-slugging catcher had a bit of a down year at the plate in 2012 -- hitting .227/.343/.469 with twenty-four home runs -- but is considered a solid power bat and has always found ways to get on base. It is unclear whether Napoli would agree to play for a team that views him as primarily a first baseman, but it's not as though he does not have experience at the position. Napoli has played one hundred thirty-three games at first over the past three seasons.