The Boston Red Sox have free agents Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche on their radar this offseason as they look to fill their opening at first base, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche on Red Sox first base radar.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) November 8, 2012
LaRoche would be a more traditional first base option for the Red Sox as he’s manned the position since debuting in the majors. He’s a solid defender and earned a Gold Glove Award last season.
Following a disappointing and injury-plagued 2011 campaign, LaRoche rebounded in a big way last season. The 33-year-old hit .271/.343/.510 with 35 doubles and 33 home runs over 571 at-bats. He owns a career line of .268/.338/.482.
Napoli came up as a catcher, but he’s seen increasing playing time at first base and designated hitter over the years. Last year with the Texas Rangers Napoli made 69 starts behind the plate, 24 at first base and nine as the team’s DH.
Napoli hit .227/.343/.469 with nine doubles and 24 home runs over 352 at-bats last season. The 31-year-old has hit .259/.356/.507 over seven years in the majors.