The Mike Napoli Victory Tour started in Seattle, moved on to Boston and will continue in Texas and perhaps parts unknown. Pretty impressive for a guy who isn't a regular catcher, appeared in only 108 games last season and batted just .227, albeit with an .812 OPS.
Napoli, 31, is an interesting free agent, a catcher for most of his career, a part-time first baseman in the past three seasons, an offensive force no matter where he plays. Adding to the intrigue: He would create a domino effect -- or not -- for each of his three known suitors:
* Mariners. It's no secret: The M's need offense, and they're also seeking to add experience and leadership. Torii Hunter would have been ideal, but he signed with Detroit. Napoli, in the end, also might choose a more competitive club.
The Mariners, though, are perhaps the best bet to give Napoli the four-year deal that he is seeking. And if Napoli wishes, he easily could rationalize such a move, in the grand tradition of free agents past.