With a handful of top free agents off the market and more likely to sign soon, second tier free agents like Mike Napoli are starting to draw significant interest.
Napoli, who struggled to secure a deal last offseason as he recovered from a hip injury has seemingly become quite the target. Multiple teams have made inquires in regards to bringing Napoli on board and it’s possible the Miami Marlins may attempt to do the same according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosnethal, assuming the price is right:
#Marlins have discussed Napoli internally and could enter mix at right price. Napoli is South Florida native and good friends with #Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis. Is signing of Napoli likely? Not if he has better options. But Marlins could play on certain FAs.
It’s hard to imagine Napoli leaving the Red Sox and Boston has been more than open in their desire to retain him, but the opportunity to play close to home could benefit the Marlins if Napoli and the Red Sox can’t come to terms.