In what has already been a busy week for the Boston Red Sox, the team has reportedly resigned first baseman Mike Napoli to a two year deal worth $32 million.
The deal was first reported by WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford earlier tonight. This signing, although not official yet gives the Red Sox that much needed middle of the order bat behind David Ortiz they were looking for this offseason. Last season, Napoli hit .259 23 HRs 92 RBIs in 139 games with Boston.
Napoli had received a lot of interest this winter as several teams including from the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. It was reported tonight that several Red Sox players came together to convince the team’s front office to push hard to resign Napoli.
Now that Napoli is in the fold for the team, expect Boston target a centerfielder next such as a Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers or a starting shortstop including resigning Stephen Drew at the right price.