BOSTON (CBS) – It’s known the Red Sox have explored signing free agents Mike Napoli and Nick Swisher, and would also like to bring back Cody Ross.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, these aren’t “one or the other” plans for the Red Sox though. They are actively trying to sign all three.
The Red Sox are in need of a first baseman and a pair of outfielders, so it makes perfect sense that trio is currently making up Ben Cherington’s off-season wish list. All three would plug those holes, with Napoli and Swisher offering a bit of versatility as well.
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The team has reportedly made a three-year offer to Napoli, who can play a little first in addition to handling duties behind the plate. The 31-year-old Napoli is seeking a four-year deal though, and may get it from either the Mariners or Rangers.
Swisher is also reportedly seeking a four-year deal, with the Giants, Braves, Mariners, Orioles, Phillies and others interested in his services according to Heyman. The 32-year-old hit 24 homers for the Yankees last season, playing 109 games in the right field and 41 at first base.
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The Red Sox have actively been trying to re-sign Ross this winter, after the outfielder hit .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs for Boston last season. He will likely command a two or three-year deal, and have plenty of other suitors as well.
While Boston would like to sign all three, it’s pretty unlikely they do so. Some backup plans for Cherington will include first baseman Adam LaRoche and outfielder Josh Hamilton, although they will command more money than any of the three on Boston’s wish list.