WEEI's Rob Bradford joins Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni on Sports Tonight from the Winter Meetings to discuss the Sox' signing of Mike Napoli among other things.
Napoli can play catcher, but will the Sox use him there? Bradford doesn't think so.
"No I think he's your first baseman and here's my thinking on the matter: I think he's OK at first base. There's some potential that if he plays there a little bit more he might get a little better. I don't think it's a huge potential, but a chance. The biggest thing, Lou, is the fact that you signed Mike Napoli to be in the lineup, to be a hitter, to be a middle-of-the-order hitter, one that's one of the rarest things in baseball. In order to get the most production out of him and keep him in the lineup, it's not to catch."
Bradford also touches upon the possibility that Jarrod Saltalamacchia could be traded, and impossibility of the Sox trading two top prospects for R.A. Dickey.
FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman
LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!
*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.
*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.
*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.
*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.
*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.
*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.