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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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BREAKING: Boston Red Sox Acquire Oakland A’s Closer Andrew Bailey

Andrew Bailey has been acquired by the Boston Red Sox according to a tweet by ESPN’s Buster Olney. All that is known at this point is that Josh Reddick is being sent to Oakland as part of the deal.

The Red Sox are also giving up to young prospects in the deal, Miles head and Raul Alcantera. If this proves to be the official deal, the Red Sox got away with murder here. Bailey has been an all-star caliber closer for the A’s over the past couple years.

Acquiring Bailey also allows a smoother transition for Daniel Bard to the starting rotation as they now have a legitimate closer in the bullpen.

Bravo Ben Cherington, bravo.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from A View from the Monster

Hopefully Ben Cherington asked Santa for some impact free agents.

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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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Yu Darvish: Why the Red Sox Should Have Bid

Yu Darvish, the young Japanese hurler, has been awarded to the Texas Rangers, who posted the highest bid. The team will look the work out a contract with Darvish to bring him to Texas for the 2012 season.

Many teams were involved in the bidding but, unlike when Daisuke Matsuzaka was posted, the Boston Red Sox were not one of the teams who posted.

On the surface this seems like this is a smart move by the Red Sox as Matsuzaka did not work out but the teams No. 1 need is starting pitching and Darvish may have been the best one on the market.

In five seasons in Japan, Darvish posted a record of 76-28 with a 1.72 ERA, arugably better than the numbers Matsuzaka posted in the Japanese league.

With new manager Bobby Valentine having ties to Japan, having coached there in two different stints, it almost made perfect sense for the Red Sox to go after Darvish, but they didn’t.

The 6’5″ righty is just 25-years-old and could have been a staple in the Red Sox rotation for years to come.

Here’s to hoping Red Sox management has something in the works behind the scenes because, so far, it has been a rather uneventful and displeasing offseason after a September collapse called for major personnel changes.

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Boston Red Sox: State of the Nation

Every Sunday I will post a state of the nation blog about everything that happened in the past week in terms of the Boston Red Sox.

Here is the first edition…

In terms of the 2011-12 offseason, this past week was rather busy for the Red Sox. Here is a list of transactions that went down.

All seem like good moves for the Red Sox although I would have liked to see them give Hill a contract. Before hitting the DL for Tommy John surgery this past season, Hill was a solid reliever for the team with a zero ERA in eight innings.

Albers was solid in 2011 for the team and is a welcome addition to the 2012 roster that has some holes in the bullpen. Melancon will definitely help out a bullpen that could be losing Daniel Bard. New manager Bobby Valentine even said Melancon could very well be the teams closer in 2012.

Shoppach is underwhelming but should be a solid backup for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Punto will be the utility man that Lowrie was without the injury issues.

Even though they had a busy week, the Red Sox still have a lot more to do this offseason. They still have a couple holes in the starting rotation to fill as well as a right handed bat in the outfield.

Overall, the team looks like they are headed in a nice direction and moving past the debacle that was the 2011 season.

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Daniel Bard Wants to Start, Supported by Manager and GM

During an appearance of Rob Bradford’s, of WEEI, podcast, Daniel Bard expressed his desire to start for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.

With John Lackey out for the season due to Tommy John surgery and Tim Wakefield likely not returning, there are two vacant spots in the starting rotation and Bard wants one of them.

“I told Ben [Cherington] when I heard [John] Lackey was having surgery and [Tim Wakefield] is a free agent, I saw two openings in the starting rotation,” said Bard, who initially was a starter as a Red Sox minor leaguer. “The last two years I haven’t said it much, but in my own head, just watching the guys in this league that have had a lot of success in a starting role, I just felt like I could do that. I’ve got as good or better raw stuff as them. I try to keep myself in good shape. I felt like everything I have at this point, that I could have success in that role. So, I told Ben that.”

But when Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bard believed the opportunity to start was no longer an option as the team would need him to close.

It turns out Bard’s assumption was wrong as the Red Sox and new manager Bobby Valentine want him to start as well.

“It turns out they feel pretty strongly about me trying to be a starter, and I do, too. So, as of right now, that’s how it stays.”

Bard has been extremely successful as a reliever with a 2.88 career ERA but came into the Red Sox organization as a starter and pitched in the College World Series as a starter for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

If Bard can make the successful transition to starting, all the Red Sox would have to find in free agency is a fifth starter, a lot easier than s

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