Featuring the best in internet Red Sox and baseball writing. Today pieces on the signing of Mike Napoli, the personality of Jonny Gomes, and the difficulty of prying loose R.A. Dickey.
Jeff Sullivan in his Jeff Sullivan-ish way thinks the Red Sox got neither a bargain nor overpaid for Mike Napoli. It was a fair deal and if that is true I can certainly live with it. (Jeff Sullivan; Fan Graphs)
Jonah Keri thinks the signing of Mike Napoli is "reasonable" which is about as well-put as you're likely to find. (Jonah Keri; Grantland)
The Red Sox have or possibly are at this very moment talking about R.A. Dickey with the Mets. How does Dickey feel about that? If one of the teams gives him lots of money he probably won't mind. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
Have you ever been to the Winter Meetings? Me neither. Carson Cistulli has though and he's all look-at-meeeee about it. (Carson Cistulli; Not Graphs)
One person who most certainly has been to the Winter Meetings before is former Dodgers GM Dan Evans, who is now my colleague at Baseball Prospectus. In a free article, Mr. Evans pulls back the curtain a bit as to what it's like not just to go to the Winter Meetings but to work at them. (Dan Evans; Baseball Prospectus)
Sam Miller on the Mike Napoli signing. And Dub Step. And Taylor Swift. Wow. (Sam Miller; Baseball Prospectus) ($$$)
Jack Morris will pollute the Hall of Fame with his pestilence! The mere sight of him standing at a podium in upstate New York will give us all the Plague! Or something. (Matthew Pouliot; Hardball Talk)