Re: Napoli expendable?
posted at 7/20/2014 7:47 AM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to RigatoniT's comment:
I like Napoli but for any of you to refuse to move him (hfxsoxnut) is insane....
Who replaces him as our first baseman - that'd be nice to know...
I wouldn't worry about replacing him...I don't think his skill set is terribly hard to find.
However, Rigatoni is undervaluing what 25 hrs/season is these days. 60 HR seasons are GONE, 50 will be 1 or 2 guys a year, 40 another handful...so the bulk of your "power hitters" across baseball will be in the 25-35 HR range. Many people are still resistant to that change.
All that being said...I don't trade Napoli. I don't trade a guy who's shown so much loyalty and appreciation for the short time he was here. I felt the same once about Marco Scutaro, and that was part of my liking of Salty.
Napoli was thrilled to come here on a 3/39. Then the Sox did their shady medical/revocation of the contract thing like they've done to a few others. He gets 39 ripped away, and agrees to 1/5 because of the hip. He then goes out and has a VERY good season, and wins a ring as he heads BACK to FA. And what's he do? Doesn't shop around, he takes a fair deal to stay with the Sox because he just really likes it here. He not only SAID he wanted to be here, he proved it with his actions 2 times in the 2 seasons he's been here. He and Pedroia are cut from the same cloth, those are the guys I keep around even after their production stops warranting it. Wakefield is the ultimate example.