Red Sox sign Mike Napoli for 3 years, $39M

The Red Sox finally make a move, signing Mike Napoli for 3 years and $39M

12/3/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

September 30, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (25) doubles in two runs in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY SportsThe Boston Red Sox have finally made a big move, signing former Rangers catcher Mike Napoli to a 3 year deal worth $39M.

The signing of Napoli shores up the 1B position for the Sox, and also gives them some flexibility, in case they decide to shop catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Napoli has played 1B, catcher and DH for the Rangers, and will likely be the Red Sox' starting first baseman when Opening Day rolls around.

This is the first major move for the Red Sox, who had their worst season in decades with a 69-93 record. They have a new manager in John Farrell, and have now strengthened their lineup with Napoli.

Still, the biggest problem in 2012 was their pitching. This is a nice periphery move for the Sox, but it won't help if they can't fix their abysmal pitching staff.
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