Re: NAPOLI offered a one year deal! BOTH sides still talking...
posted at 1/16/2013 7:58 PM EST
In response to ADG's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I read this as the 3/39 is no longer in play...will be interested to see what the final agreement ends up being in years and dollars.
Here's what I think he will end up having to take or walk (just my hunch):
$12M/1 with a $1M bonus for over 550 PAs.
2nd year team option at $12M base if under 550 in 2013 and $13M base if over 550 PAs in 2013 with $1M buyout.
3rd year same as 2nd.
I would not do this deal. At this point, I'd be afraid to give $8M/1.
There is no harm whatsoever in a one year deal with team options for all additional years. I think it would be entertaining to see if Napoli can continue to rake at Fenway. I suspect his numbers will decline significantly because the excellent OPS is based on a very small sample size, but his story line is one that would hold some interest this year.
Keep in mind who he batted against at Fenway, Red Sox pitchers.
Secondly, if it's more than a one year deal, the Red Sox got swindled. Just like they did with Drew and Lackey.
Thats why I said I would be in favor of a one year deal only-with or without a team option for another year or two. He did bat against some pretty bad pitching on the part of the Red Sox, but in general Red Sox pitching for the last several years has not been horrible, just middle of the pack (except 2012 when they were #12 of the 14 AL teams in ERA) at position number 7-9 in ERA in the AL. Also, he had, I believe, only 72 ABs at Fenway. In any event, following how Mike Napoli does might turn out to be more interesting than following how the rest of the team does.