Red Sox Afraid to Give Mike Napoli Three-Year Deal, According to Peter Gammons (Video)

It looks like the Red Sox are still weighing their options in the free agent market and three players that may make sense for the team are Mike Napoli, Nick Swisher and Adam LaRoche.

Peter Gammons said that Boston has the most interest in Napoli, but he’s hearing the team is hesitant to offer him a three-year contract because of concerns about his defensive prowess at first base. The Red Sox also have first base prospect Travis Shaw coming up through the minors, who could be ready by the end of next season.

Gammons said that Swisher has the advantage of playing outfield and first base, while also having even splits against right handers and left handers, but LaRoche may be the best pure hitter of the three. LaRoche doesn’t have the positional flexibility that Napoli and Swisher do though.

Watch the video above to hear Gammons discuss the Red Sox free agent options with NESN’s Tom Caron on Red Sox Now.

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