Red Sox plan to activate J.D. Drew from DL on September 1

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J.D. Drew has been out since mid-July with a left shoulder impingement, but Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox’s “current plan” is to activate him from the disabled list once rosters expand on September 1.

And with Josh Reddick coming back down to earth following an amazing start Drew might actually be in line for significant playing time down the stretch.

Reddick was hitting .367 with a 1.088 OPS when Drew was placed on the disabled list, but in 30 games since then he’s just 22-for-92 (.239) with two homers and a .631 OPS, striking out 23 times while drawing just six walks.

Drew and Reddick both bat left-handed, so the lack of a platoon opportunity means manager Terry Francona will likely have to choose between them starting next week.

Mike Napoli and Rays have “mutual interest” in a deal

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe the veteran infielder a $2.5 million buyout.

Napoli, 36, had a strange year in Texas. He turned in 29 home runs, good for 11th-most among AL hitters, but finished the year batting just .193/.285/.428 over 485 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, his -0.5 fWAR was the worst mark of his career to date, but on the bright side, he should come cheap for a team looking to swap out their veterans come spring.

Of course, the specifics of the Rays’ offseason plan have yet to be divulged — or, by all accounts from Topkin, even decided on. The club could go the refurbishment route, changing out some of their higher-paid veterans for a mix of prospects and cheaper aging players; or they could opt for a full rebuild, which Topkin cautions against as it could have a negative effect on the financing of a new ballpark. Either way, the Rays figure to offload some of their bigger contracts this winter, and will need to decide if they want to retain Alex Colome, Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, Evan Longoria and others before pursuing any other major free agents.