Napoli, at the moment, appears to be the team’s No. 1 target over outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher, a switch-hitter, first baseman Adam LaRoche, a left-handed hitter, and others.
While other teams view Napoli as primarily a catcher, if he were to sign with the Red Sox his role “would be more in question,” according to Rosenthal. After the signing of David Ross earlier this offseason, the Red Sox already have three catchers on their roster.
However, Boston is also in the market for a first baseman, a position Napoli has manned more consistently over the past few seasons. While the Red Sox could trade one of their backstops to make room for more playing time for Napoli, Rosenthal believes the veteran slugger would be “more of a first baseman than catcher” if he signs with the Red Sox.