The Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli could have had a long relationship if it wasn’t for them knocking his long term deal down to a one year contract.
I understand they were worried about his hip problem getting in the way of him being able to produce for this team, but from the looks of things, it wasn’t that much of an issue for the powerful right handed hitter.
Napoli was absolutely on fire this season. Napoli launched 23 home runs and drove in 92 runs with a batting line of .259/.360/.482 during the regular season for the Red Sox.
During the post-season and their World Series run, Napoli’ bat was a little quiet.
In 15 games played he seen 46 at bats, picking up 10 hits with two home runs and seven RBI’s. Now that the season is over, Napoli was on the short list of Red Sox players who were eligible to receive qualifying offers.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the offer that was supposedly submitted to Napoli the other day was a one year deal worth around $14.1 million.
Napoli will more than likely decline that offer and see what he can get.
If he does in fact go that route, the Seattle Mariners could possibly be in the hunt to sign him as they were last off-season. They could very well make Napoli their number one priority to bring in, but seeing as they’re not much of a contender, they may get overlooked if they don’t flash a large amount of money in his face.
Napoli could possibly shorten the list of teams interested in Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia if he chooses to decline the qualifying offer from the Red Sox.