The Mariners search for hitting has led them to conversations with free agent Mike Napoli. The DH/1B/catcher was an all-star in 2011 after having a career season with the Texas Rangers, hitting .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBI. He posted a monster 1.046 OPS that season.
But in 2012, Napoli regressed. A series of leg injuries caused him issues. He hit .227 with 24 homers and 56 RBI and a .812 OPS.
According to the Boston Globe, Napoli met with the Red Sox and was offered a three-year contract. While the blog says he will meet with the Mariners, Napoli has already in fact met with the Mariners earlier in the week.
He made $9.4 million last season with the Rangers – a product of his monster 2011 season.
Obviously, he would be looking at more than that.
Would you be willing to pay $11 or $12 million a year over four years for Napoli services?