It’s no surprise that the New York Yankees are one of three teams to be rumored to have expressed interest in signing veteran catcher Mike Napoli.
This according to Bob Nightengale of USAToday.com.
The move would make sense, as current Yankees’ catcher Russell Martin is unsigned at the moment, and signing Napoli would solidify the position regardless if Martin returns for the 2013 season.
But New York does have some competition from its biggest rivalry- the Boston Red Sox–who are also rumored to be interested in signing Napoli just days after signing backup catcher David Ross.
Napoli is an impact bat that can fill in at multiple positions, including catcher, first base and designated hitter. It would also allow Boston a ton of flexibility in the next two or three seasons.
Finally, perhaps the biggest reason to sign Napoli — the move would also have a potential negative impact on both of Boston’s AL rivals the Yankees and the Rangers.
While he Napoli is not likely to be a huge impact behind the plate or at first base, the 31-year old has a career slash line of .259/.356/.507, and he has hit over 20 home runs in each of the past five seasons. Something that would improve Boston’s offensive production, and the Yankees should they indeed fail to re-sign Martin.
In addition to the Yanks and Sox, the Mariners have also shown interest in Napoli.