Jul 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) hits an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox Trade Rumors: Mike Napoli drawing trade interest

The MLB trade deadline is just around the corner and that means that more and more players are going to be mentioned with contending teams as the deadline nears.

One team who are looking to be sellers are the struggling Boston Red Sox, who sit in last place in the American League East and are ten games under .500.  According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have been receiving trade calls from other teams who are inquiring about Mike Napoli.

There have been trade inquiries made on Napoli, according to a major league source. He hasn’t had the year he did last year. There’s also Will Middlebrooks, who could transition to first base. Napoli would have more value if he could catch 20-30 games, according to one American League GM, but his degenerative hip condition doesn’t allow it.

It’s been a rough season for the Sox but they’re holding out hope that not only will things get better but that they can also somehow land Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. That’s the likely reason why Will Middlebrooks has been held out of trade talks but it could be a situation where Napoli becomes a key part of a potential package.

Either way, the Sox may not be actively shopping Napoli but they’re no doubt open to hearing what they can get for him.

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