To date, the Red Sox have made a number of moves so far, and they all look pretty good so far. They've re-signed Mike Napoli to a 2-year deal, signed reliever Edward Mujica and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, and traded for reliever Burke Badenhop. Of course, they've also lost out on a couple of guys, most notably Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Without further ado, let's review how they've done so far, shall we?
Mike Napoli: If anyone were to re-sign out of the 4 free agents, I think most of Red Sox Nation wanted it to be Napoli. And re-sign he did. He inked a 2-year/$32 million deal over the weekend. He adds some protection in the middle of the line up for David Ortiz, as well as a steady glove at first base. Verdict: A A.J. Pierzynski: He signed a 1-year/$8.25 million deal and he is clearly just a bridge signing to give some of our young guys time to develop. As far as bridge signings go, the Sox could do a lot worse. He brings veteran leadership and solid numbers at the plate. He's 37, so he'll likely split time with David Ross. Verdict: C+
Burke Badenhop/Edward Mujica: They both add bullpen depth in front of Koji Uehara, which is important. I think most fans would agree that that was one of our weak spots last year. Often when we lost games, it was those 6th, 7th, and 8th innings that were problematic in the playoffs. These 2 guys bolster that area of the game.
For the most part, the Red Sox have done pretty well, but their passive approach has result in some big names going elsewhere, like the guys I mentioned above. They've done well bringing guys in, but they're too passive. Thoughts? Tweet me or leave a comment.