2012 MLB Winter Meetings – Day One Recap
Red Sox started day one at the winter meetings by signing Mike Napoli
Day one of the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings was anything as teams settled in to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Rumors of trades and free-agent signings were prevalent, however the day did produce a few deals.
As we predicted last night the New York Yankees would make some news and they did, albeit not the kind most fans were hoping for.
That immediately started a chain reaction of speculation as to who the Yankees might be interested in to replace A-Rod. Mike Morse of the Nationals, free-agent Cody Ross, Scott Hairston and Josh Hamilton were all mentioned as targets.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports thought the Yankees should pursue Chase Headley of the Padres. Padres management may have different thoughts on that matter. The Padres did agreed to sign veteran right-hander Jason Marquisto a one-year $3 million deal.
With four catchers on the roster, speculation began immediately about which catcher the Red Sox may move in a trade.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the choice of media and bloggers everywhere, but signing Napoli opens up options for the Red Sox for the rest of the winter.
Napoli and Saltalamacchia are also first basemen. David Ross is strictly the catcher. Ryan Lavarnway has an option remaining and can start at Pawtucket. So it is very possible that the Red Sox keep all four catchers.
With first base now taking care of care of Boston can move past Adam LaRoche and focus on filling outfield spots and starting pitching.
Since the Red Sox need a left-handed bat, it would not the surprising to try and sign Josh Hamilton if he would agree to four years or less for a higher annual salary.
Like we said last night the Red Sox were going to make some news.
The Texas Rangers added former Royals closer Joakim Soria who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, to a two-year deal, with the intention of becoming a setup man for current Rangers closer Joe Nathan.
As expected the Los Angeles Dodgers were linked to virtually every player of value on the open market in on the trade block.
Los Angeles is reportedly shopping shortstop Dee Gordon.