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Bowden: Mike Napoli negotiating with Red Sox, meeting with Mariners

Nov 22, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

Mike Napoli AP

I don’t trust Jim Bowden for rumors, but it’s not as though anyone else is making baseball news on Thanksgiving:

Again, Bowden is prone to sounding way too confident about any nugget that comes his way. Still, this hardly sounds outlandish. Napoli is a good fit for the Red Sox, and most thought they’d be in on him. The Mariners are also in the market for bats, and if they added Napoli, it’d give them an interesting three-headed DH-catcher platoon between he, Jesus Montero and John Jaso.  They could even play all three at the same time if first baseman Justin Smoak falls on his face again.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Why would the Mariners want Napoli when they have what is basically the same player but better in Montero? The Sox have wanted Napoli for a while (at least since they made that waiver claim a few years ago), my guess is he ends up there.

    • Caught Looking - Nov 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      If he wants/gets the fourth year, he won’t end up in Boston (at least I sure hope he doesn’t on a four year deal).

  2. Carl Hancock - Nov 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    4 years for Napoli? The guy can rake but he’s injury prone and will miss a good 50-60 games per year or more. 3 years is a stretch, 4 is crazy. On second thought, I hope the Red Sox do give him 4 years. It’ll fit in nicely with the dumb contract they gave Gomes.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    With top catching prospect, Mike Zunino in the minors, why would the Mariners want to give Napoli a 4 year contract either?

    • uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      The real question is: Why would anyone want to give Napoli 1 4 year contract.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Ok my typing leaves a bit to be desired here tonight. Let’s try that last comment again.

        The real question is: Why would anyone want to give Napoli a 4 year contract.

      • mikefoxtrot - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        to avoid giving him a 5 year contract…….obviously.

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    WOW, 4 years he’s looking for. And if all the blogs are correct it would appear that the Red Sox would be looking at him as a part time 1st baseman and catcher. The Red Sox already have 2 part time catchers in David Ross who they just signed and overpaid for and Ryan Lavarnway. Then three still is Salty their 2012 full time catcher. Do the Red Sox believe in the “you can never have to many catchers on your active roster” plan?

    Napoli is looking to basically parlay one very good year 2011 out of the last 3 years (2010 and 2012 were mediocre) into a big payday. And when you look at his splits for 2012 he couldn’t hit left-handed pitching worth a lick .179 BA / .295 OBP / .411 SLG / .706 OPS

    • uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      correction: Then “there” is Salty their 2012….

  5. seattlenative57 - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Do NOT give Napoli 4-year deal!

  6. bostonboy82 - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Napoli knows Cherington is on drugs after seeing what Gomes got, so he might as well go big.

  7. theskinsman - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    Yankee fans aren’t allowed to say any team overpaid for anyone. It’s a rule, I’m sure.

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