Red Sox agree to deal with Napoli

While there’s no shortage of big news out of Yankeeland today, the rest of baseball is getting the offseason into high gear as well, and one team who figures to be an active player at the Winter Meetings is our old friend in Boston. The Red Sox have a lot of budget room to play with after unloading the contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford back in August, and they’ve started to spend some of that money today by signing Mike Napoli to a three year, $39 million contract. Napoli had been connected to the Yankees somewhat, and as a nominal catcher would have made some sense, but those rumors basically went nowhere, and he’s seemed destined to sign with Boston for weeks now. I would imagine he’ll split his time between first base and catching this coming season, and his right-handed bat would seem to be a great fit for his new home park.

The Red Sox have a lot of work to do in picking up the pieces of that organization after their last place debacle in 2012, but this is a really good starting point, and it sounds like Nick Swisher may be their next big target.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.