The MLB free agent game is a cruel joke at times and, we all remember what disaster signing like Carl Crawford in 2010. The Boston Red Sox are crossing their fingers that this Mike Napoli deal does not end the same way. While there is some cause for concern on the 31 year old catcher, the Red Sox made a decent move bringing in the veteran backstop.
Napoli is a career .306 hitter inside Fenway Park and has played his fair share being in the American League for all of his seven years. Perhaps the most exciting part of this signing is his right handed power and ability to take advantage of the Green Monster out in left field. In addition, Napoli is an established playoff bat, which is something than can not be mentioned enough. Too many times money is issued to players who do not make plays when it matter the most.
The Red Sox organization knows what it takes to produce in the playoffs and Mike Napoli’s postseason numbers are par for the course. Hitting .272 with five home runs in 32 postseason games (92 at bats), Napoli does not get cold feet when the spotlight begins to shine in October. Not to mention, Napoli caught for the AL Champion Texas Rangers in 2011. His leadership should work wonders for a Boston team that has been anything but stable dating back to 2010.
No one is calling this signing a “bad signing” however, the only argument is that this is merely a band-aid to a team that need help in more ways than one. A rebound season from Jacoby Ellsbury and further development of Will Middlebrooks and this team is stout offensively. But, I do agree with the notion that this pitching staff is a train wreck. Boston made the move on the offensive front, now its time to bring in a arm.