Re: Mike Napoli's future in Boston
posted at 6/2/2013 8:39 PM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to miscricket's comment:
I think the Red Sox should offer him the two year deal. He has more than proven he deserves it. I'd hate to see them nickel and dime him just because he has a medical condition ( which most medical professionals believe will have no impact on his play over the next few years). If they can give the aging and injured Papi a 2 year deal..give one to Napoli too.
I don't think thats entirely true. I have not seen quotes from any medical officials that indicate that his hips (its in both of them) are unlikely to cause a problem over the next two years. The clinical course of this condition is very variable, and its impossible to say when it will become a problem. This is a progressive disease, unfortunately. It could cause issues at any time, and playing professional sports cannot be good for it.
Giving Nap another two years would be premature at this point. We have too many options to consider like ...
#1 Where will Bogy or Iggy end up, both look like pretty good bets to stick.
#2 Can Middy play 1B, or do we trade him and resign Nap?
#3 Do we sign Nap, or Morneau who is a better all round player if Middy gets traded?
#4 If Iggy & Bogy man SS & 3B why sign Nap if the much cheaper/younger Middy works at 1B?
#5 Could Bogy or Cecchini end up somewhere other than SS or 3B?
Too early to make a decision on Nap, or even Salty with Swihart, Lav and Vasquez on the farm.