Sox free-agent targets: First basemen

October 8, 2012

Of all Boston%u2019s offseason needs, first base is the most likely to come from outside the organization. With a weak free agent class, general manager Ben Cherington might need to get creative. Nevertheless, here is the pool the Sox have to choose from. And just for fun, we've added in David Ortiz, in case you think the team should move him from DH back to the first base position, which seems very unlikely. Rank the possibilities below.

Sox free-agent targets: First basemen

James Loney

James Loney

August addition to the Sox is at best a platoon option. He hit .230 with 2 homers in 30 games with the Red Sox in 2012.


Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche

He is the cream of the free agent crop, assuming his $10 million mutual option isnā¬"t picked up. When healthy, heā¬"s consistently provided 25 home runs, a .270 batting average and consistent defense.


Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

The current Yankee could be an option at first or in the outfield. He'd also be the most high-profile Yankees free agent to ever sign with the Red Sox. However, he may command a longer deal than Boston is willing to give a 32 year old.


Mike Napoli

Mike Napoli

Noted Sox killer has 24 homers and a .227 average this season. He would likely make more sense for a team with more playing time available at catcher and designated hitter.


Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis

Would Youk consider coming back to Boston? Do you want to see him return?


Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena

Local product hit under .200 with 19 homers for the Rays this season.


Trade for a 1B

Trade for a 1B

There are players that could be available -- Ike Davis? Justin Smoak? -- but the price could be steep, especially for Davis.


Let David Ortiz play 1B

Let David Ortiz play 1B

OK, OK, we agree this is a bad idea. But let's leave it in here just for kicks.


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