The Red Sox offered Napoli a one year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer, an offer he’s expected to decline in search of a long term deal. He’s hopeful that will come from the Red Sox as is the team, though if the two sides are unable to agree to terms, the Boston Globe reports the Red Sox will turn their attention to the Angels’ Trumbo:
If the Red Sox don’t re-sign Mike Napoli, who is five years older, the 27-year-old Trumbo will be on their list of players to pursue. Trumbo, who would come at half Napoli’s price, cannot become a free agent until after the 2017 season, has tremendous righthanded power (34 homers, 100 RBIs this season), and is considered an above-average first baseman.
It’s scary to think what the powerful Trumbo could do in the offensively powered Fenway, though, it’s unknown if the Red Sox would be open to matching the Angels’ demands.