If the Sox were run like the Pats, they would have dumped Napoli at the deadline last year, or just outright cut him before the season. Dude's toast.
(Yes, the MLB doesn't have non-guaranteed contracts ... but there's also no salary cap)
One of the most irritating thing about how these Sox are run is the desire to hold onto certain guys well past the point where they've shown they cannot be relied upon.
Napoli, Vic, Buccholz, Craig. Why did anybody expect these guys to help the team this season?
As much as the young guys have struggled, you expect that. It wouldn't be an issue if Betts, Bogaerts, JBJ, etc were seen as complements to a roster that is comprised mostly of proven, reliable, productive veterans.