Mike Napoli to sign with the Red Sox

Napoli to sign three-year deal with Boston

According to multiple reports, the Red Sox will sign Mike Napoli to a three-year deal today. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for three years and $39 million. According to Nick Cafardo, Napoli is expected to catch and play first base. As the Red Sox earlier signed David Ross to be a backup catcher, the Red Sox are expected to trade Jarrod Saltamacchia and/or Ryan Lavarnway.

For his career, Napoli has hit .259/.356/.507, .371 wOBA, 128 wRC+ and has hit .306/.397/.710 with seven homers in 73 plate appearances at Fenway. As the Rangers did not make a qualifying offer to Napoli, the Red Sox will not have to surrender a draft pick for signing Napoli.

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8 Responses to “Mike Napoli to sign with the Red Sox” Subscribe

  1. Daniel Poarch December 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM #

    I think it's a good deal. Three years doesn't bring a terrible amount of risk, and he gives us a good bit of flexibility.

  2. Mr Punch December 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM #

    The Sox can afford this, although its slightly too much and too long. The trouble is that it makes Cherington look incompetent. He started rebuilding by signing spare parts rather than cornerstones; he added a RH part-time catcher, then a lefty-mashing power hitter best suited to be a platoon DH — and then this guy, who fits both descriptions. Napoli's deal in isolation is OK, but the three together seem nonsensical.

  3. Hunter Golden December 4, 2012 at 4:52 AM #

    A sound defensive catcher (which they don't have), an affordable replacement for Cody Ross who might not even be used in a platoon situation (Gomes) , and a 1B they don't have anywhere is nonsensical? Maybe in Narnia.

    Or you know….waiting until the offseason is over before making grand claims of 'incompetence.'

    • Steve December 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM #

      A tad defensive are we? The thought of Gomes not being a platoon player scares me. Mr Punch is right, Gomes is best suited to be a platoon DH. Time will tell if Napoli was a good signing. I am cautiously optimistic. While its too soon to tell, I still have concerns where this team is heading…

      • Hunter Golden December 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM #

        Time will tell if any of them are good moves. I'm not really understanding judging in the micro with no picture of what the macro actually looks like. This team today looks radically different than it did 48 hours ago, so in context, it makes sense.

        • Steve December 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM #

          We can't judge the macro because we don't know it yet. I can't see the future so all I can do is judge what they have done ( or not done) so far . I am concerned at this moment. Doesn't mean things can't change.

  4. The Pesky Pole December 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM #

    I like the deal . Short term, reasonable money. Napoli also has done a lot of damage against the Yankees and Rays during his career. People like to act like the Red Sox are the only team he has done any damage against. He actually has killed the Yankees especially in Yankee Stadium. Check out these numbers http://www.thepeskypole.net/2012/12/napoli-yankee

  5. Daniel Poarch December 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM #

    I don't know what you guys want. Have you actually looked at this free agent class? And you do realize that the offseason is nowhere near over, right?

    Or should we just be throwing money at HAMILGREINKECHEZ?