Regarding Mike Napoli, Cherington said that “negotiations continue.” The Sox agreed to terms on a three-year, $39 million deal with the first baseman in early December. An issue with his physical led to talks to restructure the deal.
Cherington acknowledged that free agent options are limited at this point and he is hopeful of eventually coming to an agreement with Napoli.
Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, who often has Cherington on as a guest, tweeted Friday that the Red Sox would like to cut the deal to one year.
The Red Sox could guarantee a year with an option based on plate appearances. Or simply guarantee a year, which would allow Napoli to prove he is healthy and return to the free agent market.
The Nationals are willing to trade Mike Morse, an outfielder with experience at first base. He could become an option if the Red Sox grow weary of trying to strike a deal with Napoli.