In response to SpacemanEephus's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to georom4's comment:
Bosox1941, as always you make too much sense...only in the bizarro world of BDC is a player signed to a 39 mil deal who cant pass the physical a better option than a younger player who won the MVP of AAA at the same position.
I agree. Gomez might not make a good 1B for us next year, but it hardly matters if Napoli or Gomez plays 1B-we are likely not making the playoffs anyway. It might cost the team a win or two if Gomez fails to make the grade, but so what? I am dead against caving in to anything more than a year with an option year with Napoli (and I realize that he would probably not sign under those circumstances). In the long term strategy to get this team back to relevance, since Mike Napoli cannot pitch, whether he plays here next year or not is largely irrelevant. First basemen will become available in 2-3 years when the pitching problem is hopefully fixed. For right now, PITCHING should be the #1, #2, and #3 priority, especially good YOUNG pitching. Therefore, position players should not be signed for more than a couple of years max: they are much more easily replaceable. One year and an option year for Napoli....or just let him go and focus on what is important to the long term success of the team.
I don't know Pumpsie. The reason that these negotiations are so protracted is because the Napoli camp has surely operated under a certain set of demands. But, Napoli's position is greatly weakened by the health issue. Another club would be pretty foolish to jump in and offer a similar deal to the Sox deal with current knowledge. Eventually, his camp will cave to whatever the Sox deem necessary to protect themselves.
And if not, then, hey LET THE KID PLAY, and as you say, maybe there is nothing to lose.
What I am saying is that I would only give Napoli ONE year plus a team option for a second year-not even a two year contract unless there are guarantees that he can be released if his hip problem becomes an issue. He is not an essential part of the long term strategy for the Red Sox since he cannot pitch. He is fully replaceable when the team becomes competitive again. The worst thing the Sox can do is horse collar themselves again with long term contracts (ie more than two years) that decrease their flexibility in the years they can actually compete for a ring. Thats why I hate the Victorino deal so much: THREE YEARS for that guy at $13M per? Horrible.