Red Sox interested in Mike Napoli

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Red Sox interested in Mike Napoli

The Red Sox are in the market for a first baseman, and they appear to be zoned in on one in particular.

Mike Napoli was not given a qualifying offer by the Rangers, and is therefore a free agent.

Last year was a bit of a down year, as Napoli hit just .227. But in 19 games at Fenway Park, Napoli is a .306 hitter with seven home runs and 17 RBI. He's also got an OPS of 1.106

Sean McAdam was on SportsNet Central to talk about the Sox interest.

"I think they're quite serious and I think they have been since the end of the season where he was a guy that they had targeted as someone who could come in and play first base and perhaps catch some He has that right handed pull power swing and an OPS of more than 1.000 in his career appearances here in Fenway so it seems like a very good fit indeed and as I said no surprise that the Red Sox are very curious about him."

USA TODAY predicts 19-0 season for Patriots

USA TODAY predicts 19-0 season for Patriots

You can add USA TODAY to the Patriots' undefeated season bandwagon.

In its annual projections before NFL teams report to training camps this week, USA TODAY has the Patriots going 16-0 in the regular season, then beating the AFC West's L.A. Chargers and Oakland Raiders in the playoffs before capping a perfect 19-0 season with a Super Bowl 52 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Minneapolis.

Here's their Pats' regular-season rundown from USA TODAY NFL writer Nate Davis:

New England Patriots (16-0): Is it bold? Sure. Kinda. But it's not like Tom Brady hasn't gone 16-0 before ... (and, really, wouldn't he and Bill Belichick secretly love to add 19-0 to their otherwise incomparable resumes?). And from the FWIW department, Brady went 14-1 last season and appears to be surrounded by an even better cast now, especially if Rob Gronkowski is, in fact, back to 100%. 

Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman called the 19-0 talk "stupid" last week. Bill Belichick is almost guaranteed to dismiss it if and when he's asked about it this week.