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Alex Speier gives the benefits of the Mike Napoli signing

Dec 3, 2012|

Alex joins Mikey and talks about the Mike Napoli signing, how it will benefit the Red Sox and what the team will do now that have four catchers signed to the club. Alex thinks Napoli can add some much needed power to the Red Sox offense and can play multiple positions. They also talk about the rumors that have been circling the team surrounding Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera and other players.

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We -- back on the planet Mikey program. Got a lot of interest in -- coming at him or get to all of them. But first let's talk a little bit about the latest developments out of Red Sox Nation to do that we go to the one goalie Alex beard WEEI dot -- and he's -- Nashville. Nashville Tennessee. As -- -- cowboy boots on him. You you -- on cowboy -- let's let the guys that. You go to Hollywood yet. I wish I'd -- opryland hotel Gaylord opryland hotel. Is not located about it -- thirty minutes from out from down on. Nashville where which critical is that your second at a hotel all day. We are -- so and there are a dominant of course. It's really super weird chamber probably more lighting did anything. This side of the New York City skyline. So very festive Christmas C -- electric as you know upbeat gambling. Or the or beat on him on the present -- in. I've never been a national -- -- curious about it. Called out there and I've heard of that and I haven't had a crush that had a crush on Dolly Parton and 35 years so. If she's she's definitely she's lost -- -- luster. You know well articulated here but you're under unrequited dynamic at brilliant. He's -- hang around if you don't meet Alex said Mike Napoli big news today Red Sox made a low. You're let's get your first of all your thoughts on it and then we'll give you ours and you can tell us what you think of ours. I thought well I think that they were very I think that they've they've done a pretty good job of constructing. A reconstructing a lineup it needed a lot of repair. Napoli took the profile someone able to have. A lot of -- grinding at bats the end result of Wichita I'm better strikeouts walks -- home runs you done the walks and home run part of it and not. If he's a pretty damn good hitter someone who you know is not. We certainly Josh Beckett cures are years premier premier name I'll buy dot. You know get -- -- would like -- their lineup particularly a lot of right handed options. Someone -- swing obviously is a great fit for Fenway Park. -- insure they were able to often to their lineup I had a legitimate middle of the order power threat. Out without jeopardizing any of their future that it not to trade any of their top prospects it'd have to give up a draft they were pretty agent who would have merited. I'm -- would have merited draft pick compensation spell in important -- corporate sector trying to do without jeopardizing anything else but they're trying to. Did Texas mishandled that as far as getting that draft pick by by not giving him an offer. Their -- is gonna take it. I thought he might take it I think they underestimated how aggressive the market for a might be. Just I think they should have appreciated more. Beyond the absence of real option of first base market. But then again maybe -- that you probably doesn't get this deal. If he had a draft it adds to spell out it's a little bit difficult all of them but if they have a legitimate interest in bringing him back. That it wouldn't have been it would have been a pretty comfortable -- you have to think if you ever turned on a one year thirteen point three million dollar contract that you can get reservations about. About a leg injury that he suffered last year and a limited availability down the stretch but catcher. -- -- Red Sox via mostly at first base and I think that's what they're about. Alex thirteen million dollars a year is that too much I think -- does summer comfortable with the -- years on the deal that they didn't go for years and part two I guess is defensively at first base and other some questions about him defensively. So getting to the upper part of the question. I mean the market to market so technically whatever a month's time or is never quit and put too much I had to put -- bid aggressively and probably more than other team. Except for the Mariners bit yeah I I would I think today they were willing to pay more than you know -- the Rangers. -- in order to side in order for not Napoli arm but I don't think that's okay because Brett -- to report that salary structure. So you know even if it's not necessarily. You know even if let's say that they are competing against now are up eleven million or twelve million dollars a year. It's still something that's very affordable for them and it was ridiculous. So. So and again the priority for the reds are not messing up anything else their -- to be. And Utley that within that structured it probably. Talking system out there you know McDermott a vote for -- -- and it is. -- at first they -- not a technical and vehicle but Albert guy would you let Adrian Gonzales was so the reds are. -- he'd taken a bit of it up -- defensively but he's also described as not being a butcher which is. So you know he's he's -- -- adequate in the -- and you know the up and get -- Did that they're willing to accept. The -- you know a slight -- they're taking -- I like it but they had the Varitek to repeat. Mean now he he had two years ago we had his best season ever last year majors certainly his average was way below what it was our year however. In among all those stats are his ridiculous numbers against the Red Sox and as slash at Fenway Park. Is there more value in this guy just based on the fact that he won't be able to search. I -- really he got a bunch of six home runs or something against the Red Sox last. Yeah he's just been I mean you're gonna be Easter play how how many times you -- You know the buttons Mike Napoli derby opt to try to -- but I'm good at quiet -- I don't think that. The idea of preventing him from hurting the Red Sox was. I was just out of here you know that's only going to affect a couple of games a year maybe not even bat in. You know maybe you end up in the National League if -- -- on item. But I think that it's more about you know think about where he did the damage a lot of it came -- part because that is a place where. You know where as his ability to just. Smashed the ball in a nice little -- To left field. I mean did people meaning of Patriot. At the various slaughtering all across the street speedway are in danger when he -- took place. Yeah well you know he's got that swing and you go back in time there's a lot of guys had it Rico practice I have the old days Felix red tip had it. Nick assess the eight at what they call the the perfect Fenway swing. My my biggest concern with him though is that is there's got to be some value attached to his ability catch that if that injury was something that precluded him from. It behind the plate last year how is that injury and will he be able to hit it if necessary -- eighty games or so. I don't think the Red -- project him to be an eighty game type of catcher I think you -- Primarily to be a first baseman got their area of most glaring need they have David Ross may have. A lot of other up in the -- on their roster. There can handle the catching the catching -- no parties some of the equivalent to watching debate deal that. He's more than capable physically you know everything checked out fine interpret his leg. So I think there's a comfort level on the part of the Red Sox. With regards to the fact that he didn't take on whatever catching them they have them by. US side primarily to be a prospect but Chad you are some really interesting additional versatility. Some game options with regards to like let's say that -- Saltalamacchia is our starting catcher. Are on the given day the Red Sox can pinch hit for spoke well about yeah. Against a left handed pitcher in the late inning right and then had -- -- from first base or catcher and then. Someone else playing surely. Barry is saying that you out and -- Even if if -- if if it or whatever I or whatever happens but it's Saltalamacchia even walked you could pitch runs Foreman a close game Leighton and have the same option available today. Yeah yeah exactly where you can you can you have very sitting in pinch running option -- does that are opened up. Are based on your hypothetical assault you -- Yeah and Bush's -- hardly ever happens and Alex I know Lavar weigh his options left so he could start the season at Pawtucket but to you. Saltalamacchia has been a lot of trade rumors there. You -- under should be I mean there are they're going to be invariably rumors attached to both the Red Sox. In the Blue Jays because both of them have a surplus of such a mentor my feeling -- that or what I've been told is a bit. You know AJ Pierzynski is the only real starting catcher were ranked on the market. There about our team in the market for ATP computer and keep signed and then the Red Sox are pretty good shape if striker DO UB some of that surplus inventory it -- To sign anywhere you they don't have to trade anyone that will hardly have the option yeah and down to the minors. -- -- nonetheless you know they're in a position where OK we have -- a barn where we have Jarrod Saltalamacchia out. Either of those guys could be dealt. For the right try to obviously -- comprise. I'm partly because he's young and cheap and a lot of control would be -- -- Saltalamacchia and just at the one year left before you create. You know -- away weirdly let -- -- but I some two years ago he -- one of the few guys in this that September from held that that actually looked okay. -- your -- when I saw him on the big club he didn't look -- me at all he really didn't make much solid contact. Lamar. That bad at in the Major League last year and fell -- admit that in order but it kind of that's sort of mine because that's the guy absolutely at at every level of his career. At every point to their career. Basically I think that he got two point Lester were also the first year -- You -- an everyday catcher in a while it. You know he -- he'd -- shattered the previous career high which was around between seventy and eighty games caught he -- by the army got called up. By the Red Sox. He was closing in on ninety a hundred games caught. So I think that the guy it would just. I was just exhausted and that's part of the apprenticeship are part of being a catcher that's part of the reason why. Developmental -- what catcher -- -- somewhat different than that other position a. It's what's your today about -- -- Cabrera into an agreement in -- me today regulate and nice that I was. I thought that you have a that you like a name that -- IQ. Pat pat pat pat. I I mean I'd be leading the chairs you know I'd be -- and go faster -- last -- I don't know anybody needs our ballpark. You know chances -- -- -- get somebody like that for the shortstop it's situation. They're going to explore the option available on both bit on both the trade market and free agent market what George sub they'll. Think our likes even through a probably check in with the Indians on mr. Cabrera even though I don't think it got. I think you asking price would be too much for them. Ultimately to make a deal I -- the require. Cabrera came up is because he -- he has a sixteen no trade clause. Our infrastructure one of the sixteen but he but I I just kind of got confirmation from someone bid that you wouldn't prevent a trade from the Red Sox. You might try to let respect our. Get a little more money problem but you'd be perfectly happy in Austin. So. So there are going to explore what's out there and short stop -- I think that based on line opened their constructing the potential that the -- they probably picked you know like there's a pretty decent champ. That Jose Iglesias might be might be okay in there in the -- like that because he's such an impact depend are that they might be able to you know it's kind of is. Is dark area often small lineup because their building and knocked around in particular support. Alex have plenty of talk obviously -- oppositional players what about pitchers and it is a -- RA Dickey I think that the prospects the Mets are asking for a return somewhat outrageous but. What about filling that starting pitching -- That one would. Yeah I think about what has size kind of going to beat -- the last few -- of all what ensuring just told us -- told them writers. On the including myself what -- are the asking price for. For young -- pitching particularly for our young controllable pitching is really really high as it as it should be it's your team that's offering that. So you know right now there probably isn't a match that exists even though there encountering a lot of a lot of interest. In their prospect you know with so with the match they're better you know there are some interesting parts of the dynamics. Outlet guards were -- quite a few less likely that. For a guy like a left hander like the job and yeah yeah given that the match you are one of the team were to -- catching help. -- and way it would be someone like -- -- would appeal to them. Along with it would have been more than just aren't -- but you know put the Red Sox and other -- could be. A potential match there remains to be seen by -- Red Sox are exploring whatever it out there and dot. They -- -- move aggressively and maybe make a trade or you know our guys will be young and controllable for a number of years. Or they could maybe sit back wait out the market incredibly about this year Hiroki Kuroda Edwin Jackson. To become available on pretty nice he'll come January February 13 and have financial flexibility and Red Sox are going to have financial flexibility. You don't us they have a lot of doing it they got left handed me this stuff Morales -- that they made that late last year putting him -- as a starter I was kind of impressed -- with him intermittently but pretty impressed overall. -- what he did I'd do brought of course was a very quiet. Highlight in a crappy year for the Red Sox and let's not forget Lester. Is or possibly the -- size could give a left handed to a team like the Cleveland Indians who might need a left hander and take Castro -- But I think it is possible there are so. I think I think that they'll. You know their open basically open to doing just about anyone. For the first time the red -- a position where. You know they can have a conversation about guys like Jon Lester threw for years through basically been. And untouchable the right point to know what would even ask about -- different this year the reps suck. Are actually engaged in conversation about the team. And figured out what market value of this guy. Because you know they're coming from a very different position to make it in him in recent years so with all of those guys -- think it certainly derby. They were ever going to rule anyone out in terms of -- on -- I think it. You know I I think that you brought it would be more difficult to deal a guy like you brought that it would be like Lester some respect. Because were brought up that many years of inexpensive control of it that you know where Lester yesteryear and -- have a really tough decision to make. About him when he's a free agent eligible sure. I did and you know obviously you know let him more information that we had and then I'd be a little bit afraid of Lester because -- born you know you trade him away becomes the same guy was three years ago. And then year old bombed out yourself. But what about if it was up and would the Red Sox be willing to relax this attitude of we don't make long term commitments from big money if the guy involved. Filled a huge -- Foreman was -- bonafide star like Tulowitzki. Oh yeah I mean look the Red Sox are going to have. It's an exaggeration to say that the Red Sox are going to make long term commitment -- upon as a matter all the justice has been the case up to this point I mean. Really think you might think it changed -- we had a a cluster of those kind of fuel and Acosta are the good word over the over a period of about two or three years. I don't for the -- promote our threats such a really good about largely just having the kind of you know. 234 year commitment every -- wild it extend to the five year guy especially with the younger guys like the Pedroia of the world. You know that's a long term deal that the team plans to it having been to that's all so -- -- expand the right. Player in the right age bracket -- the right performance track record out but they're going to do it you know they're gonna just Stewart. Which anyone it has to be the right or. Alex said to the Red Sox have to Alter your idea that I just think it's great if they get him. I would cheer for that duty and Aussie show me some of the last few years he can hit the clutch. Alex this to the Red Sox -- would Nick Swisher and is that a possibility and -- it's OC also Wear -- the Yankees have inquired or. We're gonna meet with Cody Ross. Yeah I think we're sure it's certainly someone who should be in play for the Red Sox. He's put up very good numbers because he's a switch hitter. To meet -- Rivers are very good compliment to what they're doing. I think the hardest part about maturity is what you circular issue -- sure what he's no gold Glover in right field. Or lefty went eagle eagle left field Alex started dropped to their would need you could have cover right field and play first ones weren't the Yankees are improper right fielder and why -- You might be adequate -- -- to give -- some protection so a guy like right current ready our side I think about what are really looking at right field right now. I infrastructure. You know we're sure we're beat -- in terms of their defense -- Johan. Yeah up by you -- I am atop the future. Well I do think that the reds -- -- have interest and and you have interest there because. I use whichever -- very productive from both sides of plate they do need someone who's going to be good against right handed pitching you fit that bill you have a very. Excellent demonstrated track record. Very consistent success of the Major League level you need a big market so yeah they should explore them but I'm in the end I'd do in Tibet. Now he has kind of one of those players current record of all on that -- line of what discipline and what's not. Yeah plus he's got that laundry -- with me. You know that -- and I mean I'm always I'm always really really very wary of anybody and it happened to start with Mike Torres who -- still think it was a Steinbrenner spy and -- -- here. As waiting for that moment that he could screw the Red Sox on the last day today of the season if these guys Basra so much -- -- these wishers what I Albany teams and I know but I don't trust him. Let me ask you this -- Alex by the way is who -- from Nashville Tennessee and I'm Alex spear on our radio program tonight sponsored by the beaches of Fort Myers and Santa -- he probably wishes he was there instead of in national. I think it would. Have been out of the opry land -- -- that terrible or I find your island today at Fort Myers said about that count. I gotta throw of the Josh Hamilton. Saga. This offseason story on the table for you to get and I know you know you you can address this on the hot stove show on Thursday night at seven when you're here. When you're here for and sometimes you have to do other stuff is on assignment once but that Josh Hamilton thing right now I'm thinking. If there's a way that they can overpay him for three years. Liked him but some people think they might have done here with Napoli just a slight overpayment problem. To get him in here you -- got 123456. Locked up I mean at that point in time Napoli could bat seventh if you've got to. If you've got to Hamilton in the lineup somehow is is still a possibility in your estimation. I think that -- -- you know certainly after remain kind of engaged on on Hamilton and you know and the continuously follow follow it market. I I would mechanically I haven't really -- -- the payroll structure that are out -- for a year trying to make sense of what kind of position the Red Sox would. PM by that point that you -- to have let's say like. Twenty are 272830. Million dollar a year contract on the books from mail from a larger extent. Up by -- -- yes if you can find an elite premium you know making bat. Or you know -- Two or three years out obviously it was comparable by you know three in the case of a superstar like -- and seem like a somewhat rare opportunity then you know and I'm -- that is that that has to be intriguing. At that's something we're pursuing I still possibility that. I wouldn't rule it out just because the respect you have you know quite a bit of financial flexibility but. At the same time I really cute in -- at some point some teams that -- as you know. How rare is that that we had a chance to get a judge in open -- or a year and try to make the play and I got you right over yet on what the Red Sox was -- took a. Because you know -- that that the we Gonzales money. I -- you're kind of as far as the back goes you'd be exchanging that money at least toward the Josh Hamilton money because you left handed power rating guide. You line up is what you're replacing there. Most people agree that he was the one thing Red Sox might have wanted to retain out of the players they sent to the Dodgers so we can replace at a number three hole that kind of bad. -- Josh Hamilton and yet you say okay well that's going to be more money than Gonzales were but a corporate money to burn. Doubt that at the same time you know if you start igniting a lot of money -- -- suddenly all that you can't fire right. It's it's contagious arm. In the Red Sox have committed a fair amount of fair amount of that of that liberated money. Due to guys like you know like Napoli like even in the smallest -- by Jonny -- like. My Kid -- I think the one thing or undressed meeting is to desire the Red Sox. To diversify their investments. Rather than to kind of put all the chips on -- straight number eighteen on the roulette wheel right you know at least -- at least increase -- out by adding red or black. In May be just like that on a ton of different marks. I think -- you know they are really really wary of -- too much of their payroll. In individuals that that wasn't the formula that worked for them that was the formula they avoided when they were at their best yet open 2004. And in 2007 and I think it's one. If they are really quite wary of -- of a following now. -- allowed me it is and that's fine if you if -- go with a if you go with a seven year deal I understand that even six or five -- you get at least through three fours and you know you're -- more apt to have somebody be able pick up the of the back candidate and you're also more after you have does that mean we look at what what's going on now with -- A-Rod for God's sake. I rides at that long Giants 32 million -- whatever is a year 27 a year average. Contract now the only way to be more useless than he was for the Yankees Lester is is what's going on out to have another -- -- surgery. Yeah you get certain about that and I talked to a -- You know just kind of like just kind of shooting better off with what people in the lobby from executive. You know they would have it rod or create right now he might get a one year one million dollar really. With some incentive. I that he -- won't even go one year two million. Yeah very -- eat healthy. And -- I can do IQA rod is I'm a Turkey signed with the Rangers were actually one of the most efficient. Nine figure contracts in baseball history. Contract signed in Italy my mind but worse so worse and -- contract Majorly in sports history could argue. Yeah haven't -- haven't thought much about about you know. Soccer much the -- well when he. It's -- recovering from his hip surgery he could have Cameron Diaz are ordered to remove the pop come corn kernels from his lap form exactly but the way they won't we won't seem to have -- recorded this. What a joke when it. I could have been a nicer guy. Well. -- -- -- -- tinker -- didn't happen to rest -- -- we got to get him man Alex if something happens -- would you call us right away let us know. You'll be first Omaha. Alex beer are good buddies had WEEI that counties in -- have fun down near death saying hello to Dolly okay. -- All you -- are real secure well we both eyes open thanks Alex COX take care. Alex Alex -- he's done in Nashville.

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