are still all on the roster; figure salty gets traded and lavernway stays in AAA for the time being
I think his defense at 1st is pretty poor as well, but the guy seems like a great one to have in the clubhouse, and is a very tough out when he is on.
Id expect something like his 08-09 seasons. Maybe a tad better. Anyone expecting 2011 will be disappointed
I think Napoli is pretty much the 1B and 3rd/emergency C. So they have to carry someone besides Ross.
I think it's a decent deal. He's not a great 1B though. His value is so much less at 1B than it would be as a catcher. .220/19 HRs has to be in the bottom third of 1B production in MLB. It's pretty decent for a catcher though.
Napoli, over the last three seasons has hit
He is well above league average as an offensive first basemen.
No season in his big league career has he been as bad as the league average offensive first basemen.
Salty will probably be traded unless they can put Lavarnway in a bigger trade. Lavarnway and Napoli will probably split time at 1B with 2/5 catching each and Ross with the other 1/5 or some oreientation of that
looking at the Red Sox roster, I don't see anyone who would be the starting 1B. I assume that would now be Napoli?
with the Astros in the AL and more interleague games, that means less games for Ortiz at DH. would the Sox then use Ortiz at 1B and Napoli at catcher?
Kudos to getting the contract to 3 years I guess. In the end it's a decent contract. Won't go down as great, but won't haunt them down the road. But I'm allowed to have my own opinion and I'm not a huge fan of this guy. I thought with them shedding so much payroll they would have tried to get a star player ( and maybe they still will who knows?).