December 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM
Mike Napoli comes off the board, signs with Red Sox
ADDITIONAL NOTE 8:17 a.m.: Jon Heyman of CBS reports the Napoli deal at three years, $39 million.
The buzz around Nashville this morning was that free agent catcher Mike Napoli was about to sign with the Red Sox. Well, word is now tricking down that Napoli indeed has reached agreement on a three-year deal with Boston.
Napoli had been looking for a four-year deal, so it’s likely the Red Sox gave him more money per year than had initially been bandied about. He’s expected to become the primary first baseman for the Red Sox.
The Mariners had brought Napoli in to Seattle for a visit two weeks ago as part of a tour of cities he was interested in playing for. He would have been used both as a catcher and a first baseman by the Mariners. Anyhow, that takes another free agent target off the board, but I’m told the Mariners continue to be in on multiple talks with free agents and trade partners and that something should get done here this week.
It just won’t be for Napoli.