All posts tagged mike napoli

→ Alex Speier explains the Appeal of the Red Sox Clubhouse

Mike Napoli, who agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal with the Sox on Friday night, ended up representing a similarly striking demonstration of the value of having created an environment where players want to be. The Red Sox managed to retain a middle-of-the-order power hitter on a deal that fits squarely within the team's preferred model of shorter-term contracts for higher salaries. 

According to an industry source, the first baseman had at least one offer of three guaranteed years on the table. He could have made more money than the $32 million where he landed. And at one point on Friday – a head-spinning day of megadeals – the gap between what the Sox offered and what Napoli was sufficient to create some pessimism about the player's return to Boston. 

Both Napoli and Pedrioa want to play for a winning team, and Boston is the best place for them to do that.

→ Mike Napoli drunk, shirtless on the streets of Boston

Napoli loves Boston. Bring him back for another year.

→ GIFs of Last Night’s Sox win in ALCS Game 5

Last night’s game had a lot of great moments that are worthing seeing again. My favorite is Napoli’s home run, but Igelsias’ catch was pretty amazing.1

  1. I can deal with watching the catch because (1) the Sox won and (2) he was the one who got the out that ended the game. 

→ After healthy 2013, Mike Napoli hopes to be back with Red Sox

“I love it here. It’s just something special, and a lot of these guys are going to be back here next year. I’m pretty sure some of these guys who are free agents, they’re probably going to try to lock up, too,” said Napoli. “This is an ideal spot. I’ve never had anything like this. I had it really good in Texas. But this is unbelievable.”

I hope the Sox bring him back.

→ Mike Napoli guaranteed incentives; will earn $13 million for season

He has been worth every penny.

→ Eureka: Mike Napoli rediscovers his swing, re-emerges as a force

“He’s in a great place right now,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “I think periodic rest has helped that. Not only the home runs with people on base, but [also] the big one late in the game to give us a four run lead again. This is almost reminiscent to the April that he had coming out of spring training. He’s obviously a major threat in the lineup.”

I hope Napoli can keep this up until the Sox clinch the division1.

  1. Of course, it would be nice if he did it into the playoffs too. 

→ Tom Verducci says “Napoli among smart signings that have Red Sox on the way back”

Don’t look now, but the Red Sox are making their way back. With the signings of David Ross, Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli, and while staying away from deals longer than three years, Boston has made an aggressive, smart start toward addressing two fixes: a more dynamic offense and a more responsible clubhouse.

This is probably the most positive take I have heard on the Napoli signing. I hope it turns out to be the most correct.