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Mike Napoli meeting with Red Sox this weekend and Rangers next week

Nov 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this week that Mike Napoli met with the Mariners, but he has at least two more stops on his itinerary in the coming days.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Napoli is meeting with the Red Sox this weekend while Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM hears that he will meet with the Rangers next week.

Napoli reportedly wants a four-year contract, which is something the Mariners might be willing to do. Duquette hears that the Rangers are unlikely to offer him more than three years, so they would be hanging their hats on Napoli’s desire to stick around and play for a winner. The Red Sox are also holding firm on three years for now.

With Geovany Soto likely to be non-tendered, the Rangers are expected to be in the market for a catcher this winter. Buster Olney of ESPN.com mentioned Russell Martin as a possibility earlier this month while Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reported this week the Rangers could target Blue Jays catchers J.P. Arencibia or John Buck in trades. The Red Sox are already listening to offers for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway and would have a bigger surplus if they ended up signing Napoli.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Oooh, someone’s speed dating.

  2. bostonboy82 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Hahaa. More like gold digging. Planning for his big pay over 4 years with anyone willing to pay him while hes sitting on the DL.

  3. sfm073 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    This guy is so overrated. He’s bad defensively and a career .259 hitter. Because of one good season he’ll get a 4 year deal and be awful the last 2 years of it.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      He always has 20+ HR potential, maybe 30+ at Fenway, and that’s really what they’d be paying for.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    No way. 3 years, 36 million is max I want Boston to offer this guy. He can fit well in Fenway and at first, but no reason to give him four years. He’s coming off a down year and besides 2011 he’s never hit over .275 or had a wOBA of over .400. He’s a career .247 without 2011, and he’s never posted a WAR over 3 (besides 2011). Now would you give someone like that a 4 year deal! I am willing to give him 3 years and 36 million to play 1st and catcher because of his splits at Fenway(1.107 OPS 7 HR in 62 ABs), otherwise he shouldn’t be worth more than a 2 year deal anywhere else. Imagine him at Safeco?! GTFO!!

  5. cur68 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Suddenly Anthopolous’s obsessive collecting of spare catchers begins to make sense. John Buck, Colby Rasmus, Bonifacio and a bag of balls for Colby Lewis or Matt Harrison. C’mon….that’s gotta be tempting, right? We’ll even throw in Bieber and a hockey player to be named later.

    • paperlions - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Have the Rangers done something that makes you think they are retarded?

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Are you implying that the Bieber part of the package is too expensive for them?

      • cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        I think he is…we should get Neffy too if Bieber is par of the deal. Kids got tons of up side. And Grit. And stuff.

      • paperlions - Nov 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        I was implying that out of Buch, Rasmus, Bonifacio, Bieber, a hockey player, and a bag of balls…..most teams would find the bag of balls to be most useful.

      • cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        I’m not disagreeing.

      • paperlions - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Just clarifying….in case you were….you know….listening to too much talk radio or something.

    • stex52 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Dream big, eh, Cur?

      I can see the Rangers’ reluctance to go too far with Napoli. I think they already got the best year he’s going to have out of him. But all the others are a big step down on what hitting he can deliver. If the Rangers are walking on Hamilton, I kind of think they’ll have to get some hitting to replace Napoli. That’s too big a drop off.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Both Bieber and Celine Dion are part of the package. Shania is not.

      • cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:44 AM

        I think the elfin Kiwis have Shania. They should have to give her back.

  6. pastabelly - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    When the Red Sox worry about a freaking extra year for Napoli and let Scutaro go over small money, it’s time to give up. Napoli hits well in Fenway and is a positive leader. Sign him and worry about the freaking fourth year in three years.

  7. brandedthefirst - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Yes!! Lets fix the sox cause I can’t take another year of watching whatever it was they were doing? Really cramping the Yankee / sox rivalry I look forward to each season.

  8. 13yrsmlbvet - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Why do the Sox need a 3rd DH to go with Ortiz and Gomes? Wtf is Milquetoast Cherington doing?

  9. uyf1950 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    As I understand it Napoli is a part time DH, part time Catcher and part time 1st baseman looking for 4 years and a bundle of cash. Based on Cherington’s last 2 signings (David Ross and Jonny Gomes) both basically role or platoon players Napoli fits the mold of what the Red Sox are looking for. Basically someone who’s passable but not really someone is is going to make the team noticeably better. That they can overpay. Just my opinion, but is he really what a team that went 69-93 in 2012 needs?

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Why not? With the signing of spare parts and platoon players, I can see them winning more than 69 games next season.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Trouble is Gomes is going to take the place of Cody Ross and he isn’t as good as Ross. Napoli isn’t that good of a defensive 1st baseman and David Ross strikes out over 30% of the time and doesn’t provide much power in the line up. Alright I’ll give you they win 70 games next year

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        I can live with that estimate.

  10. pisano - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I like the 70 win prediction, I respect the Boston fans because of their love for their team, but that ownership is another story altogether, it’s like they throw good money after bad all the time.

  11. rangermania - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Nappy’s best fit is in Texas for DH,1B and C. Two more things – matching funds from Texas will yield more take home pay. Plus he gets to beat up on the Angels more often! Predictions about what Texas will do is like the weather. It may change in 5 minutes. Best of luck for Nappy!

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