POLL: Best Sox offseason pickup?

Consider everything -- quality of player, position, contract and what it took to get the player if it was a trade.

It’s time yet again for a poll! This week, we want to hear what you think the best offseason pickup for Boston has been. Take a look at the names on the right — all the incoming players of consequence — and let your voice be heard! Consider everything — quality of player, position, contract and what it took to get the player if it was a trade. The options are:

  • Mike Napoli
  • Stephen Drew
  • Joel Hanrahan
  • Shane Victorino
  • Jonny Gomes
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Koji Uehara
  • David Ross
  • John Farrell

The previous poll question asked what Boston should do with Mike Napoli. We’ve got a bunch of savvy readers here, as most everyone picked the option to make sure the Red Sox were protected from anything bad:

Should the Sox sign Mike Napoli?

  • Only if injury protection is added in. (58%, 133 Votes)
  • No, time to move on! (19%, 45 Votes)
  • Yes, give him the agreed deal! (15%, 34 Votes)
  • Only if it’s for two years, not three. (8%, 19 Votes)

Categories: Mike Napoli Poll

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  1. Gerry January 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM #

    Very tricky. Requires a ton of early Sunday morning thinking, if such is possible after having 40 people over for a 12th Day of Christmas party. Definitely not one of the 3 wise men today. Farrell is so obvious, as he will restore order from the chaos exacerbated by BV, help Nieves restore key players like Lester, Buck, Bard, Ace, and bring along Doubront, Morales, Tazawa. He also brought Lovullo and Beyeler to work with the kids and TWO hitting coaches. But his departure and that of key coaches doubtless influenced the Jays into becoming a major force in the ALE, which might negate some of his value to the Sox. As a player, wouldn't the remarkable Uehara represent the biggest difference maker in this very important 2013 Pen? No prospects traded, no draft pick lost, and about half the cost of the Hammer. IMO they are all very good pickups for very good reasons, and combined with a rebounding core, make the Sox a contender. Vasquez only adds to that potential, and may wind up key to that potential and worthy of a vote.

  2. evanbrunell January 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

    I hope they don't sign Vazquez as I would like to see Doubront's sophomore season.

    • Gerry January 7, 2013 at 4:17 AM #

      Ditto on Doubie. But getting Lackey's command & control back to where he can succeed might best be done in RI, an in May-June who knows who will need downtime? A good Javy helps the team more than a struggling Lackey. We will need every one.

  3. Tim M January 14, 2013 at 12:46 AM #

    Javy Vazquez cant pitch the AL East. Did anyone see his TWO stints in pinstripes? He was horrible (loved every second of it) so why should we bring him to Boston? The last thing we need is another high contract for an underachieving starting pitcher. (Lackey and Daisuke)