In response to notin's comment:
In response to Drewski5's comment:
Napoli's OPS blows Swisher's out of the water. Swisher is older. Swisher will definitely get four years. Even LaRoche , who looked washed up going into last year, and is 33 is going to get 3-4 years.
If you are not willing to sign Napoli to four years (at 30 yrs old), considering how well he fits (draws walks, Fenways swing, fills a position where wo dont have prospects, good in the clubhouse), you are not going to ever sign an impact free agent again.
I dont want to become the Pirates.
There is a rather substantial grey area between not signing Napoli and becoming the Pirates.
You have to include the extra year to sign impact free agents. Texas did w/ Beltre, Detroit did w Prince, Angels did w Pujols, Yankees did w Tex. If the Sox are not willing to give Napoli , who just turned 30, four year deal considering he is one of the best hitting first baseman in the league, they are just not serious about acquiring free agents.
All of the best teams going into 2013 are teams that are serious about signing free agents. Not exclusively free agents, but some. THe perennial contenders of the last half decade are teams that arent afraid to sign free agents. If you are not willing to sign Napoli to four years, you are not operating like Det, NYY, Texas. You are operating like the Padres, Twins, Pirates. Good luck competing w/ the big dogs.