Found November 13, 2012 on
Mike Napoli has absolutely destroyed the Red Sox in recent years, so it only makes sense that they’d consider adding him to their 2013 mix.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Sox are “doing extensive background work” on Napoli, who is currently a free agent after playing the last two seasons with the Rangers.
Napoli is a catcher by trade, but the Red Sox could use the 31-year-old at first base and occasionally as a designated hitter against lefties. Boston, of course, is already a bit crowded behind the plate with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway and the recently signed David Ross all vying for playing time as of right now.
The Red Sox will likely have some competition from their biggest rival if they’re truly serious about signing Napoli, though. The veteran backstop is drawing interest from the Yankees, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The interest likely stems from New York possibly losing catcher Russell Martin, who is also a free agent.
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Free agent slugger and former Texas Rangers catcher Mike
Napoli is drawing interest from the New York Yankees, reports Bob Nightengale
of USA Today.
Mike Napoli, the Texas #Rangers free-agent catcher, is drawing interest from the New York #Yankees
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 12, 2012
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After all, the Red Sox still need a first baseman, and let's be honest, that's what Napoli would be, with or without the signing of another catcher over the weekend.
Here is what Texas general manager...
It was not long ago that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got into feverish bidding wars over the top marquee free agents throughout all of Major League Baseball. It happened almost every offseason. The Yankees and Red Sox would throw more money at free agents than any other teams, and it was simply up to the player which team he would rather join.
It happened with Mark Teixeira...
Smack Talk Sports Episode 33 is now On Demand right here on CLNS Radio! Chris and Sean discussed the Patriots close win versus the Buffalo Bills, looked ahead to the 6-3 Colts! The STS guys were joined by CLNS Insider and STS contributor Chris Hogan to discuss the Red Sox and the chances of landing Mike Napoli [...]