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It has certainly been an interesting offseason for the Boston Red Sox.  They have teased many big time acquisitions for the team but have rarely pulled the trigger on said targets.  That was certainly not the case this past Monday, however, when the team announced that they had signed all star shortstop Stephen Drew to a one year deal to play for the team.  Whether Drew is a success or utter failure, you can bet he will affect how the Red Sox are seen as it pertains to MLB picks for the 2013 season.

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With so much going on during the offseason, many have been wondering what the Boston Red Sox will do to improve their chances for the playoffs in 2013.  Apparently, one of their major plans is to improve their outfield as they have firmly set their sights on free agent outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher.  With the addition of him, the Red Sox may become logical MLB picks for the upcoming season.

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The Boston Red Sox are still on the lookout for a pitcher that can fill the void that the team has had over the last few years.  As a team, they have struggled recently to produce quality pitching that will lead them back to the holy grail that is the World Series.  With so many prospects at their finger tips, they have firmly set their sights on a few high profile players.  Of said players, the ones that jump out the most as possible candidates for the team are San Francisco’s Brian Wilson, former Met Mike Pelfrey and the recent cut from the Nationals, lefty sensation John Lannan.

With Wilson, a lot of it is the star power that he brings to the team.  He is a proven commodity who has two World Series rings under his belt with the Giants, so they know he can be reliable in big match situations.  He is also a closer, which is something the Red Sox sorely need at this moment in time.  They will need to shell out a lot of money to get him, however, which lowers his worth to the team.

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ESPN

According to ESPN, Mike Napoli has agreed to a 3 year deal worth $39 million with the Red Sox, pending a physical. Napoli turned 31 in October and will be and he will be 33 in his last year of the contract, so the Red Sox won’t have to deal with a large drop off in production with him.

He is expected to primarily play 1st base for the Red Sox, though he will catch part-time. The most games he has ever caught in a season is 96 and it’s very likely he’ll only catch a small amount of games, depending on what the Red Sox do with Ryan Lavarnway/Jarrod Saltalamacchia this off-season  Should Salty be traded, the Sox might have him play a bigger role behind the plate.

In 19 games (and 62 ABs) at Fenway park in his career, Napoli has hit at a .306/.397/.710 slash with 7 home runs and 4 doubles. Not to mention an amazing .404 isolated slugging percentage. While this isn’t exactly a large sample size, it’s clear that he has a swing tailor-made for Fenway (just like Cody Ross) and he should put up eye popping numbers at home.

And while his defense has been far from stellar at 1st base and at catcher throughout his career (career -2.6 UZR at 1st and -25 defensive runs saved behind the plate), having a great fielding 1st baseman isn’t all that important.

All in all it seems like a great move by the Red Sox front office as they filled a large void left by Adrian Gonzalez without surrendering any prospects whatsoever and without making a long term commitment to a player.

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By SBRForum.com

One of the biggest stories coming out of the offseason antics of MLB teams has been what the Boston Red Sox will do to pull out of the nose dive they have been in for the past few years.  They finished with their worst record since 1965 last season and need to do something to get back into the thick of things.  With the rumor that they have set their sights on Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, they just may be doing that.  If they can get Mauer to their team, the Boston Red Sox may be viable MLB picks yet again in 2013.

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