Re: Career OPS
posted at 11/18/2012 11:51 AM EST
In response to Drewski5's comment:
I know that its early in the offseason , but Napoli is the perfect fit. He draws a ton of walks and has 30 HR power. He is a bona fide righty slugger. He has a perfect swing for Fenway (we've had luck w players w Fenway swings: Lowell, Beltre, C.Ross).
He can start the year at 1B and give you near AGON production (see above). If Lavarnaway struggles, we can slide Napoli to C and address 1B mid-season (Gomez, Sands...)
In interleague games, Ortiz at 1B, Napoli at C. Regarding Napoli's D: he has seven years of experience calling games and managing pitching staffs. He's not a great catcher, but he does have a lot of experience.
I've read and understand the "its early in the offseason posts." However, Napoli makes a lot of sense for a lot of different reasons. He is a one of a kind player in the MLB , never mind in this shallow FA pool. Ben needs to show some boldness and grab this guy before its too late. There isnt anyone else available w/ AGON -esque OPS, a Fenway swing, who can play Catcher, draws walks...
Can he pitch? Lots of talk about obtaining good position players when our real need is to get high quality SP first, then high quality RP. Its out PITCHING that was the reason the team stunk last year. I am not hearing enough from our FO about where that help will come from.