The Boston Red Sox have signed two free agents over the past 24 hours at MLB’s Winter Meetings in Nashville.
Yesterday, the Sox snatched ex-Ranger Mike Napoli for $39 million over three years. Napoli, who has spent most of his career behind the plate, will become the Sox everyday first baseman.
Today, Shane Victorino signed with the Red Sox also for $39 million over three seasons. Victorino has spent the bulk of his career with the Phillies but was traded mid-season in 2012 to the Dodgers.
I like both these of signings. Both Napoli and Victorino are gritty, hard-nosed players who will be a good presence in the clubhouse. The same can be said of former A’s outfielder Jonny Gomes who signed with the Sox last month.
I don’t think the Sox will be in the post-season in 2013 but these additions encourage me that they will be much improved. Perhaps in 2014, Napoli, Victorino and Gomes could become the 10th anniversary edition of the “Idiots” who were instrumental in winning the 2004 World Series.
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