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Can Napoli get a leg up in Boston? Photo courtesy of Aggie.
You never know just what to expect from Mike Napoli now that he’s signed with Boston.
If the Angels and Blue Jays knew he would have a .320 batting average with 30 homers and 75 RBI in 2011, they would not have traded him during the previous offseason within one week of each other.
If fantasy baseball players saw him hitting .227 among all of his stats dropping off last year, they would not have been drafting him as a top-five catcher.
Now he’s with the Red Sox and between catcher, first base, and DH, he should play just about every day.
So, what to expect? Consider the following.
Napoli has power, no doubt, and he will get enough at-bats to hit 30 homers again this year. He has hit at least 20 homers in five straight years and played more than 115 games in only one of those seasons. Napoli should play at least 130 games this year and likely more if Jarrod Saltalamacchia is traded to open up more room behind the plate....
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Mike Napoli is receiving a lot of praise for his decision to come to Boston for the next three years.
The catcher/first baseman signed a three-year contract with the Sox on Monday, and early reports have him slated to primarily play first base.
The Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham applauded the signing, and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian believes that with a couple more solid signings, the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 39 million, three-year contract. The deal is subject to Napoli passing a physical, which will take place later this week, the person said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. A 31-year-old who also...
The Red Sox may be closing in on making the first big splash of the winter meetings.
WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are “close” to signing first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli to a three-year deal. The potential financial terms are unknown at this point.
And because the Rangers did not make Napoli a qualifying offer, the Red Sox will not lose a draft pick should they officially...
Napoli will feel at home at Fenway Park
The Red Sox reached a 3-year agreement with 1B/C Mike Napoli today, a player long-coveted by Ben Cherington and the Red Sox front office. The 31-year old right-handed hitter will provide some much needed pop in the middle of the Red Sox order. Napoli hit 24 home runs last season and hasn’t hit below 20 since his 2nd full year in 2007...
The Boston Red Sox webesite reports that Mike Napoli and the Sox have agreed to a three- year, $39 million contract. Red Sox fans everywhere should breath a sigh of relief, take a moment, and venture a smile–this is a good sign for the Boston.
Gone, it appears, are the days of the overpay and the extra year. Napoli was pushing hard for a fourth (by some reports fifth) year on...
WEEI's Rob Bradford is reporting that the Red Sox are closing in on a contract with free agent C/1B Mike Napoli, believed to be for three years. Financial terms haven't yet been reported, and no one for the Red Sox (obviously) has commented.
Napoli put up an .812 OPS (and 24 homers) in an injury-plagued 2012.
If the deal is consummated, Winter Meetings will have kicked...
The Boston Red Sox shored up their offense a bit by agreeing to a three year, $39 million deal with 31-year old free agent catcher/DH/first baseman Mike Napoli.
Napoli joins a complicated Boston catching contingent that includes newly signed backup (yet, not a backup) David Ross, along with incumbent Jarrod Saltalamacchia and prospect Ryan Lavarnway (who can't catch). With...
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The Mariners (who wanted to sign Napoli as a catcher), Mets, Yankees, White Sox and Dodgers, according to major league sources, are expected to be in the market for catchers. With Napoli and Ross now added to...
Ben Cherington figures to be a busy man this week and over the duration of the MLB offseason, as he seeks to reload a 93-loss team from a year ago.
One such way to do that is sign key free agents who not only add pop to the lineup, but also add a solid mix to the clubhouse. It’s hoped that the newest member of the Red Sox will do just that.
Mike Napoli reportedly agreed to a three...
The Boston Red Sox and free agent Mike Napoli have agreed to a three-year contract worth $39 million, major-league sources confirmed to FOXSports.com.
Napoli, 31, brings a powerful bat to the Boston lineup, along with the flexibility to catch or play first base. He also could serve as the designated hitter on days when David Ortiz does not play.
Napoli was an All-Star and had an...
On Monday, the Boston Red Sox - owned by Liverpool FC principal owner John Henry - signed a staggering $39m(£24m), 3-year deal with free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli. Clearly, FSG have money to spend when they want to, and after scrimping and saving on transfers over the last year, this will hopefully bode well for the Reds.
LFC's absentee owner John Henry personally...
The Red Sox are in a rebuilding phase. For a while, it appeared they weren’t going to admit it, that they were going to make their customary splash in the overpriced free agent market. Hand out another Sindey Crosby type contract. Sign someone through their unborn child’s awkward years. For some, the acquisition of Mike Napoli may seem like deja vu in that regard, but its not...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox began to play catch-up by getting All-Star catcher Mike Napoli, Tampa Bay took a chance on James Loney and the New York Yankees prepared for more time minus Alex Rodriguez during a brisk Monday at baseball’s winter meetings. Soon after the Hall of Fame welcomed three new [...]
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The Flyin’ Hawaiian. Photo courtesy of flickr.
A day after landing Mike Napoli, the Red Sox are at it again. Today, Boston signed Shane Victorino to a three-year deal.
Let’s take a look at what kind of talent the Flyin’ Hawaiian will have around him. If the season started today, this is what the team’s website says their depth chart would look like. (Note – Neither...
With no baseball action to distract us from the countless rumors circling the internet, the MLB winter meetings are like the trade deadline on steroids. It’s just baseball’s best and brightest minds talking shop all day long and us baseball nerds fanatics just soak it all in. Of course, every move that is made, whether it’s major or minor, has an impact on the fantasy universe...