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The Mariners are interested in Mike Napoli

Nov 26, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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This is not a repeat from last winter, when the Mariners were in pretty serious negotiations with Mike Napoli but backed out when his hip problems presented themselves. This is new interest, reports Ken Rosenthal, who is unsure how serious the M’s are this time around, but who are definitely in on Napoli now.

And they should be, as both Rosenthal’s arguments and the Mariners’ clear needs make plain. But after Napoli showed himself both healthy and productive — and showed some surprisingly good leather at first base — there are a lot of teams who are going to be interested. And as we noted with respect to Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz this morning, the M’s are not likely going to be at the top of Napoli’s list unless they’re willing to go substantially longer and richer than anyone else.

  1. shawnuel - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Napoli, yes. Cruz, Hell no! Beltran won’t sign with Seattle, no matter how much they offer.

  2. cackalackyank - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Seattle is interested in just about anyone that breathes. Problem is what happens with the talent they do get. It just seems like they should have done better than they have.

  3. paperlions - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    How long did it take to find a picture in which Napoli looks like a mariner, despite never being a Mariner?

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      After a day of yard work, he’d probably look closer to Tom Hanks in “Castaway”.

      • xjokerz - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        hes going to have to lose some pounds for that.

    • Old Gator - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Looks more to me like he’s heading for north of Baffin Bay along with R. A. Dickey to see if they can find Lord Franklin. Dickey will blog daily to the New York Times.

      I predict they’re going to wind up eating their dogs.

  4. fearthehoody - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    But what about Jesus Montero and his .200/10/40 potential!!!!????

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