Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Blackout

Napoli a red sock: 3 years, 39 milly

Recommended Posts

11:12PM EST December 3. 2012 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Mike Napoli on a three-year, $39 million contract, a Red Sox front-office executive confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing has not yet been finalized.

Napoli, who spent the last two years with the Texas Rangers, will be used mostly as a first baseman, while occasionally being a backup catcher and designated hitter. The Red Sox also are pursuing free agent right fielders Nick Swisher and Cody Ross.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

13 mil a year for a 31yr old guy who has played over 115 games in a season once? :rl:

yeah.. i know... he was a catcher.. now he's a 1b. wont matter. he will be a bust in Boston. Terrible signing.

he did have a great batting average of .227 last season ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

13 mil a year for a 31yr old guy who has played over 115 games in a season once? :rl:

yeah.. i know... he was a catcher.. now he's a 1b. wont matter. he will be a bust in Boston. Terrible signing.

Terrible? Have you checked his Fenway splits? They need a right handed power bat behind Ortiz. It's only a 3 year deal. 13 million isn't that much. He's a good guy in the clubhouse, this is a GOOD signing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not sure about the Victorino signing. It's a bit too risky for me.

Tells me more about what they think of Ellsbury than anything. Have to remember Jackie Bradley will be in the majors sooner than later. These deals are building toward that future.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, but I don't really see the point of paying that much for Victorino if you really think Bradley is going to be ready soon.

Because they aren't bringing back Ellsbury after his deal is done because Boras wants too much money. I think once all of the pieces come together, it will make more sense. They still need to bring in an arm or two for the rotation and probably trade a catcher.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Didn't make an offer. Didn't even negotiate at all. Sounds like they did their due diligence in seeing what the asking price was and moved to other things. They didn't settle for Victorino when they weren't ever interested in signing Hamilton.

Again, stick to your team and creating other useless threads.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Victorino signing is brutal. He's a platoon player and mediocre defender making 13 mil. Horrible.

Above average defender and 5 years younger than Torii Hunter who also got 13 million a year.

Sox will be paying Victorino and Napoli a combined 26 million. Yankees will be paying ARod 28 million. So there is that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not sure what Arod has to do with it. Everyone knows that was a horrible contract. Victorino just isn't good. He's an average at best defender and he can't hit righties at all. Sure he'll hit against 20% of pitchers and play OK D. Whopdie friggin do. 13 million?

Edited by unbanmadmike1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not sure what Arod has to do with it. Everyone knows that was a horrible contract. Victorino just isn't good. He's an average at best defender and he can't hit righties at all. Sure he'll hit against 20% of pitchers and play OK D. Whopdie friggin do. 13 million?

We'll have to wait and see. The Sox can afford to overpay a little bit to short the contract length. Victorino is a bridge player to get them to their young players.

Compared to what is available, it's not a bad deal. You'll see.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Terrible deals for the red sox...

Sorry Sox fans... these deals dont make the team much better. surprised there isnt more outrage over these signings.

Again, how are they terrible deals? The Sox have holes and have filled them with above average players. Did they overpay? A little but they did so to keep the length of the contracts short. The Sox shed over 100 million in payroll and have some financial flexibility. The Red Sox needed a RHH with some power, they got one in Napoli. They needed an above average defender to patrol RF who could also play CF when Ellsbury either leaves or what have you knowing that Bradley will be ready by 2014. These are also guys that are good for the clubhouse, which is what they need after Valentine made it a not so pleasant place.

The Sox core lineup right now of Ellsbury, Pedroia, Papi and Middlebrooks is a very good one, these guys they are bringing in are going to fit right in and help produce.

I love how Mets fans and Yankees fans (two teams who haven't done jack this offseason) are judging what is best for the Red Sox like they actually know. The sox lost 93 games last season. They had to do something and these guys are some of the better options that were available.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



×