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November 23, 2013

Hanigan to Boston might be best option for multiple reasons

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Hanigan led the National League with a 48-percent caught stealing rate in 2012 and a 45-percent caught stealing rate in 2013.

The only question mark is if Hanigan and David Ross, also a fine defender that doesn’t offer much with the bat, could handle the 162-game load together.

Ross, who will be 37 in March, played in just 36 regular season games in 2013 because he suffered two concussions.

Hanigan did play in 112 games in 2012 while Ross played 62 games that same year.

If one of the two did spend some time on the DL, the Red Sox have three other catchers (Vazquez, Ryan Lavarnway and Dan Butler) on the 40-man roster.

Hanigan and Ross certainly would make one heck of a terrific defensive tandem.

Can Kemp shoulder load?

Reports surfaced a couple days ago that the Red Sox have inquired about trading for Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who played in only 73 games last year because of a shoulder and ankle injury. He also was limited to 106 games in 2012 because of a left hamstring strain.

Kemp underwent a left shoulder clean-up on his acromioclavicular joint Oct. 8 and had left ankle surgery Oct. 21.

He also underwent shoulder surgery in October 2012 that was similar to Adrian Gonzalez’s shoulder surgery just months before Gonzalez was traded to Boston.

Shoulder injuries — like wrist injuries — are red flags.

Gonzalez’s power numbers dropped in his first year with Boston and even more during his second season here before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For that reason, the Red Sox should think twice about Kemp because his power numbers dropped significantly last year in the limited time he played following his offseason shoulder surgery.

Kemp, a right-handed hitter, posted only a .723 OPS and six homers in his 290 plate appearances in 2013.

Before his shoulder problems started, he finished second for the NL MVP in 2011, recording a .986 OPS and leading the NL with 39 homers and 126 RBIs.

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