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Red Sox show interest in Logan Morrison

Red Sox show interest in Logan Morrison

The Red Sox' search for a power bat is off the ground right away.

The Sox are meeting with reps for free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison on Monday at the first day of the general managers meetings in Orlando, a baseball source said. 

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Morrison, entering his age-30 season, is coming off a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays. Morrison's battled injuries in his eight years in the majors but played a career-best 149 games in 2017. He slashed .245/.330/.433 with an .868 OPS.

Morrison is a lefthanded hitter, and if the Sox add multiple bats this winter, they'd do well to add at least one lefty. Morrison's 38 long balls tied him with four players for eighth most in the majors, including Edwin Encarnacion.

The Red Sox on Monday are also meeting with reps for free agent Carlos Santana, a source confirmed.

Santana, also a first baseman, is entering his age-32 season and has spent all of his eight-year career with the Indians. He hit 23 home runs in 2017 with an .818 OPS, slashing .259/.363/.455. Santana's a switch hitter.

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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