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Agent: Red Sox seen as contenders

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 8, 2012 09:33 AM

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- As we start the day here at the General Manager Meetings, here's a few things we know about what the Red Sox are trying to do:

1. A prominent agent said, "We view Boston as a contender because they'll build the team quickly. I don't think they'll have trouble attracting free agents." This is important because there is a perception out there the Red Sox might not be that good considering their current roster.

2. Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche are two first base candidates on their radar. The Sox, who have been in contact with most of the agents for free agents at this point, are pursuing talks with both, according to a major league source. But to what extent, is unknown.

3. The Red Sox covet Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon, but may not match up since the Royals are looking for a starting pitcher. The Red Sox would have to give up one of their starting pitchers and that is probably out of the question.

4. The Red Sox and Arizona do not seem to match up on Justin Upton. Kevin Towers is looking for a major league-ready starting pitcher, shortstop or third baseman and the Red Sox don't appear to have the pieces. The Diamondbacks would not be interested in Jose Iglesias.

5.The Red Sox like Indians rightfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who could be dealt, but he's in the final year of his contract and is represented by Scott Boras. It would be difficult to give up a lot for him and then not be able to re-sign him beyond next season.

6. The Red Sox will explore whether Jason Bay, released by the Mets Wednesday, and Grady Sizemore, who has been broken down for a while, could be worth a gamble on minor league/major league invite type deals.

7. Torii Hunter is an interesting possibility, not only because he can still play but the Red Sox really need a another highly regarded veteran voice in the clubhouse. David Ortiz said he thinks he can deliver him if the Sox have interest. But the Yankees seem to be closing in.

8. Nick Swisher is someone the Red Sox will look at, but not for five years.

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