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Angels' Mike Napoli claimed by Red Sox, deal unlikely

Aug 29, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

The Manny Ramirez negotiations aren't very active at the moment. But there might have another major waiver deal in the works. According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, the Red Sox have claimed...

UPDATE:  Joe McDonald of is reporting that the Red Sox have claimed Napoli off waivers from the Angels but are unlikely to
trade for him by Monday’s deadline.

The Red Sox may have put in the claim to block the power-hitting Napoli
from reaching the Rays, Yankees and Twins, who could all use a little


12:33 AM:  The Manny Ramirez negotiations aren’t very active at the moment.  But there might be another major waiver deal in the works.

According to’s Jon Paul Morosi, an unknown team has claimed Angels catcher Mike Napoli off waivers.  The Angels have until Monday afternoon to work out a deal with that claiming club.

Who might it be?  Well, probably a club from the American League.  Those teams get first pick and Napoli has a fairly high amount of value as a hitter.  In just 369 at-bats this year for the Angels he boasts a team-leading 21 home runs, 60 RBI and a .480 slugging percentage. 

Morosi notes that Napoli would make sense for Red Sox, Rays, Twins, White Sox and Rangers as a first baseman or designated hitter.  And he would also fit in Detroit, where the Tigers are seeking a starting catcher for 2011. 

It will take a decent prospect, that’s for sure, but a deal involving Napoli could most definitely happen either Sunday or closer to the Monday afternoon deadline.

  1. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Not gonna lie, I’d be pretty happy to see Naps land in Minnesota.
    He’s not a Gold Glove catcher by any stretch of the imagination, but he’d make a fine backup for Mauer. He could play some first base or be a right-handed compliment to the double-lefty DH-platoon of Kubel/Thome.

  2. Pisano - Aug 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    I can’t see Boston getting him as they already have two catchers that can’t throw a one legged man out , and Napoli isn’t a good defensive catcher .

  3. Joboo - Aug 29, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Serious question: Do you believe Napoli is a bad catcher because you’ve watched him and studied the statistics, or because that’s the media-driven narrative?
    I ask because Scioscia, the Angels and their media minions have been pushing this line relentlessly the last few years primarily to justify playing Jeff Mathis, one of the worst offensive players in the league and a guy who would otherwise not have a major league job. Mathis is not that great defensively, and I don’t really think Napoli is that bad. He’s not great, but I think his reputation is exaggerated for PR purposes.

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