Report: Sox to make qualifying offers to Napoli, Drew

Report: Sox to make qualifying offers to Napoli, Drew
November 1, 2013, 11:30 am
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Don't mess with success, right?

That may be the train of thought by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, who has decisions to make on the makeup of his 2014 Red Sox roster.

The Red Sox will make the $14.1 million qualifying offer to shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Mike Napoli, as well as Jacoby Ellsbury, according to Jon Heyman of CSBsports.com.

By making the offers to those players, the Sox can receive compensatory first-round draft choices.

Napoli played a near-flawless first base for Boston this season, hitting .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI for the Red Sox.

Drew also made his mark in the field for Boston - especially in the postseason - while hitting 13 home runs and knocking in 67 RBI. His bat disappeared in the postseason until a solo home run in Game 6.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is also eligible for a qualifying offer, but there's no word yet on if the Sox will offer one.