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Pirates View Mike Napoli as the Perfect Fit at First Base, But…

Pirates View Mike Napoli as the Perfect Fit at First Base, But…

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates view Mike Napoli as the perfect fit at first base, although you shouldn't be penciling him into the lineup anytime soon.

https://twitter.com/nickcafardo/status/407976207847022593

Napoli has been one of the biggest names on the market this off-season. He is being pursued by his former team, the Red Sox, along with the Marlins, Mariners, and probably a lot of other teams. The Red Sox are some of the biggest spenders in the game, and by all reports the Mariners seem desperate to spend some money for a quick fix. I've seen predictions ranging from $17-20 M per year, which makes sense when you consider who is bidding on him.

He would be the perfect fit at first base. He's got impressive power, and could slide into the middle of the lineup, which is a need for the Pirates. He also surprisingly put up some strong defensive numbers at first base, with a 13.3 UZR/150 in 2013 and a career 4.9 UZR/150 in over 2100 innin...

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