Mike Napoli Signs With Boston

Earlier this week we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates viewed Mike Napoli as the perfect fit for first base. The rumor was kind of in the same way that Clayton Kershaw would be the perfect fit for the starting rotation. It’s true, but the odds of Napoli going to the Pirates were slim to none. Now they’re just none, as Napoli has re-signed with the Red Sox.

I’ve been talking the last few days about how first base is shaping up to be a buyer’s market. Boston was one of six teams that needed a first baseman, and Napoli was one of the top four first basemen on the free agent market. The teams that still need a first baseman are Milwaukee, Tampa Bay, Houston, Seattle, and Pittsburgh. It’s possible that Houston could stay internal with their younger options. The free agent market still has Kendrys Morales, James Loney, and Corey Hart. That leaves the 1-2 remaining teams going for options on the trade market, which include Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo, Logan Morrison, Mitch Moreland, and Adam Lind.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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