Found December 03, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino confirmed with Jim Bowden of ESPN that the team is hoping free agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli signs with them. Larry Luchino confirmed with us that they hope Mike Napoli signs with them but needs it to be at 3yr deal not 4 yr deal — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 2, 2012 Bowden added that the Red Sox are looking for Napoli to sign a three-year contract, not for the four years he is reportedly seeking. The Red Sox signed catcher David Ross to a free agent deal earlier this offseason. While Ross has been a career reserve behind the plate, Boston has said he will be more than a backup next season. The team also has catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway under contract for 2013. For this reason Napoli would be viewed more as a first baseman if he signs with the Red Sox. Boston has a void at first after trading away slugger Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer. Last season for the Texas Rangers Napoli hit .227/.343/.469 with nine doubles, two triples and 24 home runs. The 31-year-old owns a career line of .259/.356/.507. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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