Re: Napoli deal falls through, according to Jen Royle
posted at 1/11/2013 3:19 PM EST
In response to georom4's comment:
In response to J-BAY's comment:
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was a guest of WEEIâÂÂÂÂs Hot Stove Show Thursday night. Cherington was asked if there was any news regarding the status of free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, who agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the club in early December but has yet to sign the contract as concerns surfaced after the 31-year-old underwent the Red SoxâÂÂÂÂ physcial examination.
âÂÂÂÂNo, thereâÂÂÂÂs nothing to update,âÂÂÂÂ Cherington said. âÂÂÂÂWeâÂÂÂÂre, I think as everyone knows, one of our goals this offseason was to add offense at first base. We havenâÂÂÂÂt been able to really do that officially yet. WeâÂÂÂÂre still talking and when youâÂÂÂÂre talking, thereâÂÂÂÂs hope for a resolution. But nothing to report right now. âÂÂ¦ We have had dialogue [with Napoli]. ItâÂÂÂÂs one of those situations, out of respect to Mike and the process, IâÂÂÂÂm not going to get into detail. Whenever weâÂÂÂÂre talking and thereâÂÂÂÂs dialogue, it means weâÂÂÂÂre hopeful of being able to do something but we just donâÂÂÂÂt know yet. WeâÂÂÂÂll see how it plays out.âÂÂÂÂ
Cherington was asked if the Red Sox have explored other options at first base. The club reportedly showed interest in Lance Berkman prior to his agreeing with Texas on a one-year, $10 million deal.
âÂÂÂÂUntil something is done, you have to consider other options so weâÂÂÂÂve had to do that and weâÂÂÂÂve continued to consider other ways to improve the team, whether itâÂÂÂÂs at first base, or elsewhere,âÂÂÂÂ Cherington said. âÂÂÂÂAt this point, we just havenâÂÂÂÂt found anything that made sense to us in the sort of big picture. So thatâÂÂÂÂs where we are. ThereâÂÂÂÂs no one particular player thatâÂÂÂÂs available or not available that would have changed the course of our offseason. WeâÂÂÂÂre just examining and evaluating things as they come. Certainly when you have a position youâÂÂÂÂre trying to improve on, until itâÂÂÂÂs improved upon, you have to continue to consider other options. ItâÂÂÂÂs fair to say as you sort of get deeper into the winter, the free agents start to go off the board. You can look at trades and other ways to do things. It remains a focus. WeâÂÂÂÂre still hoping we can do something to improve ourselves in that area before we get to Fort Myers.âÂÂÂÂ
thats some serious gibberish...nothing was actually said
usually never is, geo. It is getting a bit ridiculous, but glad the front office drew a line in the sand and are standing their ground.