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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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What the Hell Just Happened?

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Not exactly the first weekend Red Sox Nation was looking for. Swept by the Rangers, starting pitching looks HORRIBLE, bullpen looks horrible. Pretty much nothing went right. A few bright spots were Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz raking but other  than that just a bunch of crap. The good news is that our next series is against a joke of a team in the Cleveland Indians. Hopefully Josh Beckett posts a good start Tuesday and the Sox get back on track. Once again, it is too soon to panic. There are 159 games left, which leaves plenty of time to catch the first place Orioles. First place Orioles? That just sounds wrong.

But in all honesty, this team will be FINE. Tito needs to figure out the best lineup to put out there, i.e. where to bat Crawford. In my opinion Crawford should be leading off, not batting third and definitely not batting seventh like he did today.

Okay, that is my opening weekend rant. Go Sox!

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Seven Games, No TV Broadcast

Including todays 1:05PM start against the Phillies, the Red Sox will have played seven Spring Training games without a single one being broadcast on TV. This makes about zero sense to me.

With all the hype of the new faces coming to Boston this season, I want to be able to see their first at-bats in a Sox uniform without having to book a trip to Fort Meyer’s, Florida. Come on NESN. This is Red Sox Nation, people will skip work to watch the first Spring Training game on TV but instead I have to wait until the eighth game of Spring Training to see any live baseball.

I just saw a tweet from Ian Browne saying the only prominent players traveling to play the Yankees tomorrow will be Clay Buchholz, Jason Varitek, Jed Lowrie and Jose Iglesias. So the first game we are going to watch we don’t get to see Pedroia, Youkilis, Big Papi, Crawford, Ellsbury or ANYONE else good. That makes sense. Get on top of your game NESN. This is Red Sox Nation, WE WANT BASEBALL!

Would you watch these games if NESN broadcast them on TV? Share your thoughts in the comment section or vote in the poll…

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Projected Sox Lineup: Pedroia to Bat Ninth?

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On the night the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford, Terry Francona called Dustin Pedroia and told him that he was now batting ninth because they had signed Crawford. He was joking, of course, but on the WEEI Dennis & Callahan Show Pedroia was asked about hitting ninth and replied with this…

“I’ve [hit ninth] before … and I was hitting lasers in the nine spot. If you don’t change your mind-set, you’ll be fine.”

There is absolutely no way Pedroia hits ninth. You just don’t hit a former AL MVP ninth in the order.

Coming of an injury plagued season, Jacoby Ellsbury will likely begin the season in the nine hole with Pedroia leading off.

Here is my projected lineup on opening day:

2B Dustin Pedroia

LF Carl Crawford

3B Kevin Youkilis

1B Adrian Gonzalez

DH David Ortiz

C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

RF J.D. Drew

SS Marco Scutaro

CF Jacoby Ellsbury

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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