Free Agents and Qualifying Offers

Free agents that matter, seriously:

CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
1B: Mike Napoli
SS: Stephen Drew
C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The only one of those not to receive the 1-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer (such that the Sox receive a draft pick if the QO is declined and the player is signed elsewhere) was Salty, which surprises me a little, as catcher seems like an area of strong need for the Red Sox, just a little less than first base. Maybe there’s more to it than I understand, though.

My guess is Ellsbury and Drew do not return, while Salty and Napoli do. Jacoby’s price tag is going to get too high, and Drew will get too many years to interest the Sox with JBJ and Bogaerts about ready to step in (pretty steep decline from Jacoby to JBJ in player quality, most likely). I think they’ll probably be willing to go with JBJ/Bogaerts/Middlebrooks at CF/SS/3B, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they get a one-year stop gap for the left side of the infield and play M’brooks more like a utility guy who plays about half the time, rotating among the positions in the infield to get the starters rest.

Salty and Napoli, I don’t see decent alternatives for on the market or internally, unless they’re willing to break the bank for McCann at catcher. My guess is Salty on a 3-year deal (~3/39) and Napoli for 2 years (~2/26). Let’s see how it actually works out.

4 comments… add one
  • Eh, maybe I shoulda said 3/33 for Salty…

    Devine November 6, 2013, 11:56 pm
  • I suppose they could go with Carp full time at 1st and hope it works out, but I’m pretty sure his defense is brutal and his BABIP unsustainable.

    Devine November 8, 2013, 2:53 pm
  • So Terry Francona wins AL Manager of the Year. I’m happy for him and I believe he should have won it at least once while he was managing the Red Sox. But he did not even receive one first place vote in the two years they won it all.

    I would have been quite pissed off if John Farrell had not finished ahead of Maddon in the voting considering that before the season most people expected the Rays to finish way ahead of the Red Sox. Farrell coming second is an indication that voters recognized that his team far exceeded expectations this year.

    pale blue eyes November 12, 2013, 7:32 pm
  • Tomorrow is another day for the Sox and the odds are not in thier favor…it is going to be another long day. This Sox team is one of the worst constructed I have have seen in 28 years of watching. The players with the exception of a few seem to not care about the spector that is the season in front of them. It is early…but as I have blogged many times…all games count once the season starts…can’t clinch a playoff berth in April…but you can certainly make the moutain getting to it to high to overcome.

    Burt Z. Zimmerman November 30, 2013, 12:35 am

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