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.