Report: Mike Napoli to meet with Mariners
Free agent catcher and first baseman Mike Napoli will have a meeting with the Seattle Mariners, reports the Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber.
According to an industry source, Napoli is scheduled to meet with the Mariners, who likely would utilize him primarily as a catcher.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on other teams interested in Napoli via Twitter:
The Red Sox offered Napoli a three-year deal, but he is holding out for a longer contract, according to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden:
Mike Napoli holding out for 4th year from Red Sox…meeting with Mariners who might be willing to give the extra year according to sources—
JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 22, 2012
Napoli, 31, had 24 home runs and 56 RBIs last season with the Rangers. He was a career-low .224 at the plate and dealt with leg injuries throughout the year.