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Reports: Giants' Nunez, Mets' Cabrera among Red Sox 3B trade targets

Reports: Giants' Nunez, Mets' Cabrera among Red Sox 3B trade targets

With Todd Frazier off the board, you can add a couple of new names to potential Red Sox third base trade targets.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the "desperately searching" Red Sox "have their eye on" Eduardo Nunez of the Giants. 

Veteran baseball writer Peter Gammons tweeted that Asdrubal Cabrera of the Mets is a target and Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports that Cabrera is one of three Mets infielders the Sox are scouting, along with Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera.

Ex-Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie of the A's, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte are also on Boston's radar, according to Heyman. 

The right-handed hitting Nuñez, 30, was an All-Star for the Twins last season and is hitting .295 with four homers, 26 RBI, and a .727 OPS in 69 games for San Francisco. He was acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline last season. Would the Red Sox go for another Giants third baseman (see Sandoval, Pablo)?

Cabrera, 31, a switch-hitter, has played more shortstop and second base than third in his career. He's hitting .247 with nine homers, 29 RBI and a .734 OPS for the Mets. He hit 23 homers for New York last season. 

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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