Red Sox Rumors: Boston Hoping to Sign Mike Napoli

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino confirmed with Jim Bowden of ESPN that the team is hoping free agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli signs with them.




Bowden added that the Red Sox are looking for Napoli to sign a three-year contract, not for the four years he is reportedly seeking.

The Red Sox signed catcher David Ross to a free agent deal earlier this offseason. While Ross has been a career reserve behind the plate, Boston has said he will be more than a backup next season. The team also has catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway under contract for 2013.

For this reason Napoli would be viewed more as a first baseman if he signs with the Red Sox. Boston has a void at first after trading away slugger Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer.

Last season for the Texas Rangers Napoli hit .227/.343/.469 with nine doubles, two triples and 24 home runs. The 31-year-old owns a career line of .259/.356/.507.

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