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08:15 AM ET 11.30 | Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, who even after Denard Span's acquisition may still have a place in Washington, could turn to Boston, too. The Red Sox are engaging in talk with [LaRoche] as a possible first-base alternative to Mike Napoli. Boston is believed to have offered Napoli a three-year deal but is reluctant to add a fourth year. LaRoche is expected to command three years, though negotiations are just getting started. Napoli has drawn strong interest from the Mariners, who are talking to him, and also the incumbent Rangers. Word is, the Nationals have been fairly steadfast in offering LaRoche a two-year deal. While he was their MVP last season, they are well-stocked on the corners and could move Mike Morse from the outfield to first base.

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November 30, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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I still say the Bosox are not a few veteran players away from being competitive and they need to be in rebuilding mode with a team starting to be a force 2-3 years down the road being the goal. I don't want to see a parade of veterans who just made contract runs and are regressing going through the motions on sub-.500 teams.

Instead of paying all these ham and eggers like Swisher and Napoli, just spend the money on a real diffrence make like Josh Hamilton. 4 years $100M.

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November 30, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Well, at least that would be interesting.Might be for hitting 50 HRs, might be for spending 50 days in rehab, but he'd be interesting no matter what.

Why not, a lineup of Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Hamilton, Middlebrooks plus find one more bat and a starting pitcher or 2 and there is no reason that team couldn't compete in 2013.

November 30, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Why not, a lineup of Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Hamilton, Middlebrooks plus find one more bat and a starting pitcher or 2 and there is no reason that team couldn't compete in 2013.

It's that simple!

It's the starting pitcher or two which is the show-stopper for 2013 - in my opinion. That has me more worried than the position players.

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November 30, 2012  09:10 AM ET

LaRoche would make me nervous. He's had some good years, but he;s had just as many so, so to bad yearss.

November 30, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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You can't say a team absolutely can't capture lightning in a bottle, but you're counting on so many guys who played poorly and/or were injured last season being better and not getting hurt.Ellsbury was probably never really healthy last season and hit 4 HRs in the half season he did play. This is a lot more typical for him than his excellent '11. It will help that he's playing with a big FA payout in mind.Pedroia basically had a standard very good season for him other than missing a fair amount of time to injury. I wouldn't expect him to be a lot better other than hopefully playing more.Ortiz missed over 1/3 of the '12 season and is only going to be older and probably more frail. You'd hope that Buchholz and Lester do better with help from their old pitching coach, but they were pretty darned awful last season.Lackey...who knows? Might come back strong, might be crap after a major injury and doing nothing baseball wise for a season.Middlebrooks should be better, and it's good that his injury wasn't hammy/achilles/rib cage/shoulder/elbow related. He still only has 1/2 season under his belt.Their new closer has played roughly 1/2, 1/2, and 1/4 of the last three seasons...he'll be healthy this year, right?If they do pull together and have a great season, then you have Ellsbury very likely leaving. Lester and Buchholz are tied down at least through '14, which is good if they bounce back. Arrghh, had more to write but have to go, will check in later.

Way to cheer me up.
It sounds like the Jets of baseball.
Excuse me while I go put my head in an oven.

November 30, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Way to cheer me up.It sounds like the Jets of baseball.Excuse me while I go put my head in an oven.

Gas or Microwave?

November 30, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Gas

November 30, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Gas

Where do you live so I can alert the fire department there to look for an explosion?

November 30, 2012  09:19 AM ET

And a flick of a bic

November 30, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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And a flick of a bic

I see you've planned this out.

November 30, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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Way to cheer me up.It sounds like the Jets of baseball.Excuse me while I go put my head in an oven.

Really, with that doom and gloom optimism Sulla should be writing for the Globe or Herald.

November 30, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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Where do you live so I can alert the fire department there to look for an explosion?

Really hoping in the winter meetings they can find some pitching. A guy can dream.

November 30, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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LaRoche would make me nervous. He's had some good years, but he;s had just as many so, so to bad yearss.

Yeah, he's a middle of the road hitter with power. But good defensively. They'd be better off with him than Napoli.

November 30, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Really hoping in the winter meetings they can find some pitching. A guy can dream.

About the only team with pitching to trade is the Rays, and they won't trade it to anyone in the AL East.

November 30, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Really, with that doom and gloom optimism Sulla should be writing for the Globe or Herald.

I think he left because he has a deadline to meet.

November 30, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Where do you live so I can alert the fire department there to look for an explosion?

What a civic minded guy!

 
November 30, 2012  09:27 AM ET

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