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08:18 AM ET 11.26 | Even if his fit makes for a question, Mike Napoli remains attractive to Boston. The Red Sox currently are carrying three catchers -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ross and Ryan Lavarnway -- though maybe not for long. Saltalamacchia was the starter last season. Ross will be "more than a backup but not a starter," sources say. And the Sox will not want Lavarnway to rot on the bench if he makes the Opening Day roster for the first time. The Sox could trade a catcher, probably Saltalamacchia. They could open with Lavarnway at Triple A. In any event, Napoli probably would be more of a first baseman than a catcher. ... Napoli, at the moment, appears to be the team's No. 1 target over outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher.

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November 26, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Really? Mike Napoli is Boston's #1 target. Way to shoot for the moon Ben.

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November 26, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Things are looking kind of lean this off season over there on Yawkey Way.

November 26, 2012  08:49 AM ET

This article is full of ca ca. (That's a technical term.) Pitching is Boston's number 1 need. That must develop via organic or inorganic means.

November 26, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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Napoli or swisher........How times have changed

Unbelieveable, I 'd rather have BJ Upton than Swisher. And I would also rather go with Ryan Lavarnway over giving Mike Napoli a contract they will regret by June.

November 26, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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This article is full of ca ca. (That's a technical term.) Pitching is Boston's number 1 need. That must develop via organic or inorganic means.

They already tried organic. They played like crap last season.

November 26, 2012  09:18 AM ET

I guess the Sox management doesn't get it that pitching and defense wins a whole lot of baseball games and they are short on both.

November 26, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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They already tried organic. They played like crap last season.

They needed a new pitching coach, and not a beer-and-chicken disciplinarian to satisfy the appetite of moronic New England sports writers. After a few months, they finally got it. By then it was too late.

You can have all the pitching talent in the world. But if 3/5 of your rotation goes under (2011) by mid-season due to bad management, well even Tito cannot fix that with smoke and mirrors. And all Bobby V did was show it wasn't Tito's fault.

But I probably preach to the choir.

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November 26, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Tito's time was done, similar to Torre with the Yanks. Beer, chicken, or anything else that was going on. It was time for Tito to move on. Epstein being let go was surprising though.

Epstein wasn't let go, he bolted out of there. He saw the mess he created and was probably shocked another team still wanted him to run their whole baseball operation.

November 26, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Pitching Baby, You need Pitching!!!!!!

November 26, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Stanton needs to be their #1 target if he's actually available. He can be a pillar to rebuild the team around.

What does Boston have down on the farm to give Miami.....that's the question??

November 26, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Pitching is their priority. It has sucked for past 2 seasons. Lester and Buccholz need to be solid. Dubront at #5. Lackey should be released. Sign a free agent and start a prospect.

Dickey for Ellsbury....m

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November 26, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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Stanton needs to be their #1 target if he's actually available. He can be a pillar to rebuild the team around.

Stanton will be everyone's #1 target if he's on the trading block.

 
November 26, 2012  09:48 AM ET

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