It is now official.
Mike Napoli is now being targeted heavily by the Red Sox.
According to reports on ESPN.com, the Red Sox are looking into Napoli's history and could see him as a fit to the everyday catching position. Yes, he could also be a possibility at first and DH, but catching is where he has thrived.
Sure, the Red Sox would have to move one of the other two catchers—Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway—but Napoli was built for Fenway Park.
Chances of signing Napoli:
Napoli has the kind of gritty attitude the Red Sox need at the catcher position. It also doesn't hurt that he kills the ball at Fenway.
Over his career, he has gone 19-for-62 with seven home runs in 72 plate appearances. Imagine playing almost 81 games a year at this ballpark?
Plus, he is only 31, so his prime years are just around the corner!
Other teams, such as the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are in the mix, so don't be surprised if he costs the Red Sox a little bit of money.