Notes: Sox close on official Napoli announcement

Notes: Sox close on official Napoli announcement
December 9, 2013, 8:15 pm
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Sox have yet to officially announce the re-signing of free agent Mike Napoli to a two-year, $32 million, but that announcement is drawing closer.
     
Last year, of course, the Sox didn't like what they saw regarding Napoli's hip and restructured the deal. This time, Napoli took an exit interview at the end of the season, so much of that work has been done.
     
"We had already gotten through some of the components of what a physical would be after the season," said Cherington. "There's a couple of things we just need to do. Hopefully, we'll get through that very soon."

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The Sox remain in contact with the agents for free agent relievers Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey.
     
Hanrahan underwent Tommy John surgery last spring while Bailey has a surgical procedure on his shoulder.
     
Hanrahan could be ready by May. It's doubtful that Bailey will be ready until July.
     
"I sense with both guys that they have an interest in giving it some time," said Cherington. "Obviously, they're two guys that are coming off injuries and rehab and the more they can show teams, including us, that they're on the way back, throwing and deeper into their progressions, it probably makes some sense for that."
     
Hanrahan is a free agent while Bailey was non-tendered by the Red Sox last week, becoming a free agent.

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For the second winter in a row, the Red Sox have to find a new manager for their Triple A affiliate in Pawtucket. Last year's manager, Gary DiSarcina, left to take a major league coaching job with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
     
"We do have internal candidates," said Cherington of the process, "and right now, I'd say that's where we're focused -- staying within. We may have something fairly soon on that."
     
The leading candidate would seem to be Kevin Boles, who managed at Double A Portland last season.
       
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Cherington was asked where things stand with Ryan Lavarnway, who seems squeezed out at the big league level with the signing of A.J. Pierzynski, who joins veteran David Ross at the catching position.
     
Would the Sox consider having Lavarnway try another position?
     
"At some point, it's something to think about," said Cherington. "We're not quite at that point. But if we get to a point where we think his bat might help us at another spot, yeah, it's something to consider."
     
Even at Pawtucket, it may be crowded for Lavarnway, given that Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez will be there, looking for playing time behind the plate.
     
"I think there's a way to do it," Cherington said. "We'll see where we are when we get to spring training. But I think if all three were at Triple A, then there's a way to make it work and keep everyone in the lineup all the time."