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Friday, December 06, 2013

Napoli returns to Sox for two years, $32 million

First baseman Mike Napoli made it clear after the World Series that he wanted to stay with the Red Sox. He liked his first season in Boston so much that he stuck around for a few weeks after the World Series.

Team officials also wanted Napoli back and on Friday night a two-year, $32 million deal was reached.

“The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn’t be happier!!” Napoli posted on Twitter at 9:09 p.m. WEEI reported first that a deal was in place.

The Red Sox had competition from the Texas Rangers and several other teams on Friday, another busy day for baseball. That served to bring the agreement into place.

The Rangers, major-league sources said, had a more lucrative deal on the table but Napoli elected to stay with the Red Sox. He said several times during and after the season how much he enjoyed playing in Boston and his teammates.

“It’s a great fit for me,” Napoli said following the Series. “This is where I want to stay and I want to work something out. I love playing here, everything about it.”

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2013 at 10:43 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. J. Sosa Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4612744)
The hip condition is scary, but I think he's a decent bet to be worth the deal. I don't doubt that he could have gotten more elsewhere. Two years is pretty sweet if true. There are not many bats out there, and I wasn't crazy about the notion of a Will Nava platoon.
   2. Sonic Youk Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:09 PM (#4612749)
The only other real option was Corey Hart, which seemed like a okay idea, but mostly about bilking the draft pick system. Ill take Napoli's possible injury over Hart's actual injuries. Really nice signing.
   3. Publius Publicola Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:16 PM (#4612751)
If the hip's a problem, you sure wouldn't know it by the way he played first base. He looked really great there.
   4. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM (#4612755)
Wow, that's a much better contract from the team's POV than I'd expected. It won't be a huge overpay/year even if he has an age-normal decline at the plate and/or last year's defensive numbers were a little fluky (and he looked fine out there); and it's no longer than the original pre-hip deal.

OTOH, judging from the photo he tweeted, he may be entering Brian Wilson territory.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:32 PM (#4612763)
Looks like backing out of last year's 3/$39M deal cost the Red Sox $6M. Hindsight is always 20-20, though.
   6. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:32 PM (#4612764)
Besides the fact that 2/$32 works well from the team perspective, first base was probably the biggest problem the Red Sox were going to have fill if they didn't retain Napoli. While the minor-league system is now one of the best in baseball (Drew will be replaced by Bogaerts; Ellsbury by Bradley; they have two good catching prospects for 2015 pretty well lined up; several relief prospects; several starting pitching prospects; etc.), first base is a system wasteland right now.

It is hard to believe the position the Yankees are in relative to the Red Sox right now, in terms of their trajectory and decision-making. Never would have seen it a few years ago...
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:33 PM (#4612765)
good for Mike. He's getting more then the deal that fell through last year.
   8. Publius Publicola Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4612771)
Looks like backing out of last year's 3/$39M deal cost the Red Sox $6M. Hindsight is always 20-20, though.


You could make an argument that the derisking with two contracts was worth the 6 mil. For instance, if the hip DID turn out to be a problem, they would have had to eat 26 mil.
   9. Sonic Youk Posted: December 06, 2013 at 11:54 PM (#4612780)
It still amazes me how much Napoli's market increased after having a pretty normal Mike Napoli season... but at first base. There are a lot of unimaginative teams in baseball.
   10. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:06 AM (#4612788)
Nice, short deal. Rumors floating around he had more on the table from other teams.
   11. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:08 AM (#4612792)
I like this deal. I was honestly expecting 3/39.

I'm really glad to have Napoli back, when he's locked in he's as good a hitter as anyone and he's surprisingly excellent at first.
   12. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4612795)
Will Bogaerts lead off?
   13. Sonic Youk Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:17 AM (#4612797)
Victorino-pedroia-Ortiz-Napoli? I'm guessing
   14. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:22 AM (#4612801)
I'd guess it starts Victorino-Pedroia-Ortiz-Napoli, and if Bogaerts does well becomes Victorino/Bogaerts-Pedroia-Ortiz-Napoli. That's a very strong top of the order.
   15. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:25 AM (#4612805)
I guess Seattle can't get everyone it wants.
   16. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:32 AM (#4612807)
Well, it's so much easier to sign talent from teams who can't afford to keep their free agents like the Yankees.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:36 AM (#4612810)
JBJ could force his way up to the top of the lineup.
   18. Sonic Youk Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:37 AM (#4612811)
Apparently he left another year and ten million on the table.

I know this is groan inducing, but whatever the Sox have going for them in the makeup department is consistently helping them in real ways.
   19. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:51 AM (#4612815)
Apparently he left another year and ten million on the table.

I know this is groan inducing, but whatever the Sox have going for them in the makeup department is consistently helping them in real ways.

Or he thinks he can get more than $10M after 2 years.
   20. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: December 07, 2013 at 01:02 AM (#4612823)
I like this deal. That is all.
   21. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 07, 2013 at 01:52 AM (#4612841)
After winning the World Series Napoli ran around Boston to a bunch of bars, got #### faced and ultimately wound up shirtless. I like to think that would be me as a professional athlete.
   22. Scott Ross Posted: December 07, 2013 at 07:36 AM (#4612861)
I like to think that would be me as a professional athlete.

Good to know money wouldn't change you.
   23. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 07, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4612907)
Does Choo make sense for the Sox now? Nava-Victorino-Choo with JBJ working in CF when Victorino & Choo need days off and Gomes in LF occasionally.
   24. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 07, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4612922)
Does Choo make sense for the Sox now? Nava-Victorino-Choo with JBJ working in CF when Victorino & Choo need days off and Gomes in LF occasionally.


I'd like that except I'd rather Choo-Bradley-Victorino with Nava coming in for players needing a day off. I really really really want JBJ playing every day.
   25. Tricky Dick Posted: December 07, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4612928)
Given the free agent prices in the current market, I don't think the Red Sox can complain. But I consider Napoli a candidate for significant regression. He had a .367 BABIP vs. a career avg. BABIP of .310.
   26. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 07, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4612962)
That's definitely a concern but I wonder how much of an illusion that is. Napoli is exactly the type of hitter you'd think would have an improved BABIP going to Fenway, fly ball hitting, right handed pull hitter. Of course looking at the numbers it turns out a big chunk of his edge was on the road (.397 BABIP!) so ignore me.
   27. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: December 07, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4612977)
Choo will want a lot of years.

I like Mike!
   28. Nasty Nate Posted: December 07, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4613033)
He hit his exact career batting average last year. If his BABIP regresses, shouldn't we expect all of the other components to regress also , which could balance it out?
   29. Dale Sams Posted: December 07, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4613070)
While I'm not a fan of 187 K's, and Christ he swung through a billion pitches in the zone. (And my most bitter complaining was when his head and his hips wouldn't move and "he looked like he was swinging a club" while trying to see a pretty girl in the bleachers)

I prefer it over some kind of Nava/Carp/Hart experiment. And there's something to be said for continuity. Now just get Drew back.
   30. puck Posted: December 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4613083)
So, is Morales the best 1st baseman still out there? Both he and Napoli would cost new teams picks, right? I wonder what Morales will sign for.
   31. Nasty Nate Posted: December 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4613108)
Now just get Drew back.


I'm guessing they will just commit to trying Bogaerts at SS and collect their draft pick for Drew. This will probably (but not definitely) make them weaker in 2014, but this seems a good time as any to dial back on "win-now" mode in this one smallish instance.
   32. tfbg9 Posted: December 07, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4613135)
Glad to have Napoli back. I like the aesthetics of his swing/HR's. Reasonable dollars and years.
   33. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 07, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4613156)
I'm guessing they will just commit to trying Bogaerts at SS and collect their draft pick for Drew. This will probably (but not definitely) make them weaker in 2014, but this seems a good time as any to dial back on "win-now" mode in this one smallish instance.


Multiple Boston media sources insist the team wants Drew back, but don't have the "salary cap" room to do it unless they trade an excess starting pitcher (either Peavy or Dempster). The thought process is that, even though the Sox would have to eat some of the salary to trade either one of them, even the fractional relief they would get could be enough to make Drew happen.

Bogaerts is going to start everyday in 2014 - it's just a matter of whether it is at SS or 3B. The team seems to want to go Bogaerts/Drew, rather than Middlebrooks/Bogaerts.

I can't stand Middlebrooks, and would love to trade him to somebody looking for cheap 3B help with some power. It may be that the draft pick attached to Drew is killing his market, and the Sox may be able to get him for something like 3/$36. If so, that's a good deal for the team...
   34. tfbg9 Posted: December 07, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4613186)
I'm not a huge WMB fan either, but he's nice to have around. Cheap as hell, runs into one every so often. I'd rather see them jettison Dempster to free-up the
Drew money.
   35. Dale Sams Posted: December 07, 2013 at 10:02 PM (#4613249)
but don't have the "salary cap" room to do it


So the Sox, after collecting lots of playoff money, and TV money are afraid to spend an extra 7% (Or whatever the first time penalty is)on whatever money would go over 189?*

Unless they have some other deal on the table that ranks ahead of Drew.

*I had to bite my tongue the other day when I said the Sox were going cheap, and then immediately clarified that 'cheap' isn't the right word when a team has a 160-180 mill payroll.

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