MLB Rumors: Mariners, Red Sox, Rangers in on Mike Napoli

Yesterday it was reported that the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox were in the hunt for free agent slugger Mike Napoli. Jon Heyman of confirms that the Mariners and Red Sox are pursuing the catcher/first baseman while adding the Texas Rangers to the list of suitors.

It’s been reported that Napoli is seeking a four-year contract this winter. Teams appear hesitant to go beyond three guaranteed, the Red Sox more so than the Mariners.

Boston is in the market for a first baseman, a position Napoli has manned 133 times over the past three seasons. Seattle is in need of offense, while Texas could also use a bat to help offset the potential loss of free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. The Rangers would also have to replace Napoli’s bat if he signs elsewhere this winter.

Last season with the Rangers Napoli hit .227/.343/.469 with nine doubles, two triples and 24 home runs over 352 at-bats. The 31-year-old owns a career line of .259/.356/.507 over seven seasons in the majors.

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