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January and February are often the months where the biggest baseball signings are of veteran players looking for one last chance or independent league standouts hoping to make a name in camp.
It’s been a while since the Red Sox signed a player of significance this late in the offseason, but if they are seeking a big bat to aid their offense, it’ll have to be a pre spring training deal.
Most free agent signings are completed during a busy December at the winter meetings. Yet this year has been different for several teams, not just the Red Sox.
Over the last 10 years, the Red Sox have signed just two players who tallied significant playing time to free agent deals in January.
Mike Napoli in January 2013 and Adrian Beltre in January 2010.
The Napoli deal wasn’t a conventional one, either. The free agent had come to an agreement on a three year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox in December 2012, but negotiations stalled when Napoli didn’t pass his physical because of hip issues.
The Red Sox still wanted Napoli but didn’t want to risk the money if he’d be out with injury. Six weeks later in early January, the two sides agreed to a one year, $5 million deal with incentives that could increase the total to $13 million.
Napoli, of course, became an integral part of the 2013 Red Sox World Series championship winning team that season. He hit .259 with an .842 OPS, 38 doubles and 23 homers in 138 games that year.
Following the season, again a free agent,
Napoli signed a two year, $32 million deal to remain in Boston.
His numbers, though, were not as productive as that first year. In 2014, he hit .248 with a .789 OPS and 17 homers over 119 games. In 2015, he hit .207 with a .693 OPS and 13 homers before an early August trade to Texas.
Beltre, whose agent is Scott Boras, signed a one year, $10 million deal with Boston in January 2010 and had a terrific season.
The third baseman hit .321 with a .919 OPS, 49 doubles and 28 homers over 154 games. Despite the impressive numbers, the Red Sox traded for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez that winter and appeared to have plans to move Kevin Youkilis back to third baseman, leaving no room for Beltre, who signed a five year, $80 million deal with the Texas Rangers in January of 2011. While the Red Sox let Beltre walk,
they were compensated with a draft pick for not re signing him. That draft pick turned into Blake Swihart.