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Potential Red Sox Free Agent Target No. 1

With Adrian Gonzalez no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox, there is a glaring hole at first base. Although they received James Loney as a piece in that trade, I don’t see the Red Sox extending him, as his contract is up at the end of this season. That being said, one potential target for the Sox may be Mike Napoli.

The Red Sox killer, as I like to call him, is a catcher by trade but has played plenty of games at first base in his career, including 25 in 2012. Since 2008, he has hit 20 or more home runs in each season (assuming he hits three more this year), which makes him a guy you can put in the black hole that is now the middle of the order. He could also be used at DH if David Ortiz isn’t re-signed, although he likely will be because the Red Sox need his bat.

If for no other reason, I’d like to see the Red Sox sign Napoli so he can stop hitting bombs over the Green Monster when he visits Fenway Park. But in all seriousness, he would be a solid addition that wouldn’t be too pricey for the 2013 Red Sox that will likely miss the playoffs.

This is the first post in a series that will highlight 10 potential free agent targets this offseason for the Boston Red Sox because, well, there really isn’t much else to look forward to. 

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Bobby Valentine: Why Wait?

So there has been rumor upon rumor that Bobby Valentine could lose his job any day now. But then John Henry comes out with a vote of confidence in Valentine today saying that they won’t be making a manager change. Now I don’t know that I entirely believe Henry but it is looking more and more like Valentine will finish the season. My question to that is, why wait? The guy hasn’t done anything spectacular with this team; he isn’t the long term solution and the simple truth is that he shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. However, there is one benefit to waiting because then the Sox can clear house of all their coaches, although I don’t think this will happen. Clearing house is the best thing that could happen to this team, so the group of players, which is likely to stay together due to contractual reasons, doesn’t know a single coach when they show up to Spring Training. These guys need to be as uncomfortable as possible. End of story. So who knows what will happen in the coming days, weeks and months but it is best that Bobby just sail into the sunset now and go make some wrap sandwiches at his restaurant.

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Boston Red Sox: Team Prefers Edwin Jackson to Roy Oswalt

Edwin Jackson is one of the top pitching free agents on the market currently and has apparently drawn some serious interest from the Boston Red Sox.

The team reportedly has so much interest in the 28-year-old flame thrower that they prefer him to the much more accomplished Roy Oswalt.

In an already strange offseason for the Red Sox, in which they traded Marco Scutaro, this is another strange move by first-year GM Ben Cherington.

Throughout his career, Jackson has been the guy who hasn’t lived up to the potential many scouts attrbuted to him. His highest WAR in a season,4.3, came in 2009 when he was an all-star for the Detroit Tigers posting a 13-9 record with a 3.62 ERA.

Other than that season, Jackson’s success has been sporadic at best.

But Oswalt on the other hand, has been fairly consisten over his career even though he is no longer the pitcher who won 20 games in back to back seasons for the Houston Astros. Just two seasons ago, in 2010, he finished sixth in Cy Young voting.

It has been reported that Oswalt could be had on a one year deal worth just $8-million, which would be a bargain.

Unless Jackson comes significantly cheaper, the move to sign him over Oswalt makes no sense for the Red Sox but then again, nothing has for them this offseason.

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Heidi Watney’s Replacement: New Developments

A little while ago, I reported that Jen Royle was set to become Heidi Watney’s replacement as NESN’s in game Boston Red Sox reporter but it appears as though I may have been wrong.

El Presidente, of Barstool Sports, says he is hearing that ESPN’s Jenny Dell is going to be the next “Heidi Watney” per se.

Either women would be a good choice for the job. Both are attractive and have actual merit in the sports broadcasting field.

Dell currently works as on on camera talent for ESPN and would be a welcome addition to the Red Sox broadcast but nothing is official yet and El Presidente did not reveal who he heard the news from. Seeing as he is the editor of a smut blog, it could very well be nothing but it’s all we’ve got as of now.

Here is Dell’s Twitter and Facebook.

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Boston Red Sox: Why they Should Sign Roy Oswalt

Headed into the 2011-12 offseason, the biggest need of the Boston Red Sox was starting pitching. With the way the pitching staff performed down the stretch in September, it was clear change needed to happen.

But, to this point, the Red Sox have not done much to address the hole in their roster.

Two underwhelming pitchers, Aaron Cook and Vicente Padilla, have been signed to minor league deals but neither should have an impact on the starting rotation in 2012 barring any major injuries.

Cook started 17 games in 2011 for the Colorado Rockies with a 6.03 ERA and 3-10 record. Padilla pitched just 8.2 innings in 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4.15 ERA.

Neither of the two pitchers is guaranteed a roster spot, and it wouldn’t shock anyone if both were left off the major league roster come April.

With Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett all expected to be 100 percent in spring training and Daniel Bard expected to transition to a starter in Fort Myer’s, the Red Sox have one open spot in the rotation.

The longer Ben Cherington takes to address the hole in the rotation, the player pool to choose from will diminish. The New York Yankees signed Hiroki Kuroda and theArizona Diamondbacks re-signed Joe Saunders, who were both believed to be Red Sox targets at one point.

But there is still a very serviceable pitcher left on the market that finished sixth in the Cy Young Award voting just a year ago: Roy Oswalt.

There is talk that Oswalt could be had at the price of $8 million over one year, a bargain for a pitcher of his caliber.

It is no secret that Oswalt isn’t the pitcher he was back in the mid-2000’s when he won 20 games in consecutive seasons for theHouston Astros—but the Red Sox don’t need him to be that guy.

If he can post the numbers that he did last year in Philadelphia, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.338 WHIP, the Red Sox would be ecstatic, considering what they got out of the back end of the rotation this past season.

At a 50 percent pay cut from last season, Oswalt is probably the biggest bargain on the market right now. And with John Lackey out for the season and Daisuke Matsuzaka’s status up in the air, he would provide some stability in the rotation that the Red Sox did not have in 2011.

The report that the Red Sox cannot afford to sign Oswalt seems a bit far fetched for a big-market team such as Boston. The team has some big issues if they can’t afford to sign the former Phillie for $8 million.

Cherington would be wise to draw up some papers for Oswalt’s agent as he would solidify Boston’s rotation as one of the best in baseball entering the 2012 season.

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Gio Gonzalez Trade: Red Sox Talking with Oakland?

Gio Gonzalez has been rumored to be on the market the entire offseason but has yet to be traded. ESPN’s Buster Olney is now reporting that a trade could be close with the talks down to two teams, Washington and either Boston or Miami.

With the offseason going the way it has, Red Sox Nation is dying for a big splash in Boston but I wouldn’t count on this one panning out. According to WEEI’s Alex Speier, the Red Sox are not close to making any deal, unfortunately.

Speier is also reporting that Ben Cherington is letting the market come to him which leads me to believe that he is not being aggressive in a potential deal for Gonzalez but hope not be lost Red Sox fans. The team has signed many key players late in the process.

Gonzalez would be a great addition to the Red Sox rotation that already has some very good pieces in Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and potentially, Daniel Bard.

There will be people who do not want the Red Sox to go through with this deal due to the prospects they will have to give Oakland in return but the simple truth is that prospects are pieces you trade for proven major league talent. I have always been a proponent of trading minor leaguers for proven major leaguers as even the best of prospects is not guaranteed to translate his game to the big leagues.

UPDATE: ESPN Boston is reporting that a deal is imminent and Oakland is choosing between offers from Washington and Boston.

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Heidi Watney’s Replacement: Jen Royle?

Heidi Watney’s replacement at NESN may have been found. According to the internets, Baltimore area reporter, Jen Royle, is to be named Watney’s replacement at NESN.

It would make sense as it was announced today that she would not return to her job at Baltimore’s 105.7 the Fan in hopes of returning to her hometown Boston for a job.

“I can’t confirm that I’m making a career move,” Royle said. “But I’ve been away from home for 15 years, and in my heart, I want to replant my roots in Boston.”

Royle seems like she would be a deserving replacement for Watney with plenty of reporting experience and good looks, which seems to be a requirement of female on TV reporters these days i.e. Erin Andrews, Jenn Brown and Samantha Steele.

If the rumors are true, welcome to Boston Jen! You can tweet Jen @Jen_Royle to congratulate her.

 

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