NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked about the Sox adding Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino.
“Napoli can hit the ball out of the ballpark, no doubt about it. He had a great year in 2011,” Girardi said. “Victorino is a guy that can play in the outfield, a switch hitter. He’s very dangerous from the right side [and there are] lot of lefthanders in our league. They’ve improved their club, no doubt about it.”
• Ben Cherington said he is looking for a player who can back up Napoli at first base “and preferably someone who could do more than just that.”
• The Sox are among the teams interested in free agent starters Ryan Dempster and Kyle Lohse.
• Long-time Red Sox scout Buzzy Bowers was named the East Coast scout of the year by the Scout of the Year Foundation.
• Rangers manager Ron Washington on Napoli, whom he had for two seasons: “He’s got a tremendous character. He’s a winner. It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out here, but we do wish him well in Boston.”
• Red Sox have signed RHP Anthony Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Carter, 26, has spent seven seasons in the White Sox system, mostly as a reliever. He was in Triple A last season and made 39 appearances.
• Marco Scutaro got a three-year deal and $20 million from the Giants. Good for him. The best thing that ever happened to Marco was getting traded by the Sox to the Rockies. That led to him going to the Giants and now he has a ring and a new deal. And he is 37.