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What is Napolis defense at first base like? Since Youk moved over there in 2006 the Sox have been fortunate with solid defensive first basemen.
I'd guess Napoli's defense at first base is somewhere between -5 runs and 0 runs above average. He is a good receiver though as a former/part-time catcher, so he might make up a few runs there of what he lacks in defensive range. He also throws much better than most first basemen do (obviously).
I kind of hate 4 years and I kind of hate that signing him means the Sox couldn't work a trade for a good 1B from St. Louis or somewhere.
#14--what if he's signed to C 60 games and 1B 80 games; does that change the feeling?
Why wouldn't they consider Ortiz at 1B for slightly more than just the interleague games in NL parks?
2011 Napoli isn't coming back, and this guy hit .227 in Texas last year
The press conference will actually be interesting because I want to find out where he's playing
Napoli, who visited Boston late last month, is expected to play primarily at first base for the Red Sox.
I'd be much more interested in them going after Anibal Sanchez. Here they should offer length, but less $$$, maybe 6/80.
I'd be much more interested in them going after Anibal Sanchez. Here they should offer length, but less $$$, maybe 6/70.
6 years for Anibal Sanchez? Even when you make sense you're insane. (I like the idea of signing Anibal though).
Third, and this one will take a little longer, Napoli’s bat might be even better than that. Tangotiger put together a study of “position effects” a month ago which showed a highly relevant result. Tango looked at all players between 1993-2010 who, between the ages of the 25-29, had played significantly at both catcher and at other positions. Over this period, these players had a .323 wOBA as catchers and a .342 wOBA at other positions in the field (1B, 3B, LF, RF combined).
This effect is even larger when you look at part-time catchers. That is, players who between 25-29, played under 90% of their games at catcher. As Tango says, most of these guys will be players who began as catchers but were moved off the position. These players show an even larger effect: .321 at C and .350 elsewhere. So, if the Sox sign Mike Napoli and install him at 1B, he may well be a better hitter than that 130 OPS+ he’s put up over the last three seasons.
I'd be surprised if the Sox were doing something that shortsighted.
The Red Sox desperately need patient hitters with power right now,...
So the latest is a one year deal is the goal for the Sox with Napoli. At this point I really question the wisdom of continuing with this. I guess if you get the right vesting option that keeps him in town for year 2 and potentially 3 if he stays healthy it makes sense but if the Sox are truly this concerned about his health I'm just not a fan.
Alternatively though, why not just have a non-vesting option? Is it just that Napoli would never agree to that at a reasonable price?
There is a belief that there will be a resolution to the situation by next week at the latest.
What's the expected cost for Morse? Of course Morse isn't exactly Cal Ripken in the durability department either.
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