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New Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster
C David Ross - Free Agent (ATL)
C/1B Mike Napoli - Free Agent (TEX)
1B/OF Jerry Sands - Trade (LAD)
2B Jeff Kobernus - Rule 5 (WAS)
SS Stephen Drew - Free Agent (OAK)
IF Brock Holt - Trade (PIT)
OF Jonny Gomes - Free Agent (OAK)
OF Shane Victorino - Free Agent (LAD)
RHP David Carpenter - Trade (TOR)
RHP Rubby De La Rosa - Trade (LAD)
RHP Ryan Dempster - Free Agent (TEX)
RHP Graham Godfrey - Trade (OAK)
RHP Joel Hanrahan - Trade (PIT)
RHP Kyle Kaminska - Trade (PIT)
RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (MIA); 2x: Waivers (OAK)
RHP Koji Uehara - Free Agent (TEX)
1B James Loney - Free Agent (TB)
1B/OF Jerry Sands - Trade (PIT)
2B Jeff Kobernus - Trade (DET)
3B Danny Valencia - Trade (BOS)
IF Mike Aviles - Trade (TOR)
IF Ivan De Jesus, Jr. - Trade (PIT)
OF Che-Hsuan Lin - Waivers (HOU)
OF Cody Ross - Free Agent (ARI)
RHP David Carpenter - Waivers (ATL)
RHP Josh Fields - Rule 5 (HOU)
RHP Mark Melancon - Trade (PIT)
RHP Vicente Padilla - Free Agent (Japan)
RHP Stolmy Pimentel - Trade (PIT)
RHP Ryan Pressly - Rule 5 (MIN)
RHP Sandy Rosario - Trade (OAK); 2x: Waivers (CHC)
RHP Zach Stewart - Trade (PIT)
With the news on Thursday that the Red Sox and Mike Napoli finally came to agreement on a one-year deal loaded with incentives, their offseason got just a wee bit better.
With the new deal, the overall risk to the Red Sox was minimized with Napoli taking a one-year deal with no option of any kind. If he stays healthy, he can still earn up to $13 million, the average annual value of his original three-year agreement.
Hanrahan and Uehara help to bolster the bullpen, and Gomes and Victorino will lend a helping hand in the outfield.
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It's very close. Local media reaction appears to be very mixed. Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com completely blasted their offseason, while Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald was more than OK with the Sox offering shorter-term deals to help bridge the gap to developing prospects.
Forums are mixed as well. Fans like the short-term contracts, but aren't totally convinced the players attached to those contracts were the right ones to acquire. Fans show concern with Dempster's not-so-stellar numbers against American League competition as well.
Much of the Red Sox's success in 2013 will be tied to their starting rotation. The belief is that the return of John Farrell will be of great benefit to Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. John Lackey's successful return from Tommy John surgery factors in as well.