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Mike Napoli was 0-or-3 in the AL Wild Card game and just 1-for-10 in the final series of the season.
Like Youkilis, Mike Napoli had a disappointing 2012 season, and it was his contract year.
In 2012, Napoli had a .227 AVG, .343 OBP and .469 SLG percentage with nine doubles, 24 HRs and 56 RBIs. In only 14 games more, Youkilis had a .235 AVG, .336 OBP, .409 SLG percentage with 15 doubles, 19 HRs and 60 RBIs.
But yes, I did rank Napoli No. 2 on the list of “Top 10 Free Agent Signings the Red Sox Should Consider This Offseason,” but he ranked just one spot ahead of Youkilis for his incredible dominance at Fenway Park over his career.
Napoli has a history of crushing the ball at Fenway Park. Last season, he hit .462 and slugged 1.231 with three HRs and eight RBIs in three games in Boston, and he has a career .306 AVG and .710 SLG percentage with seven HRs and 17 RBIs in 19 games at Fenway Park. Youkilis also has great numbers at Fenway Park over his career.
In 491 career games at Fenway Park, Youk has a .304 AVG, .400 OBP and .512 SLG percentage. In 2009, he also hit .326 and slugged .614 with 17 HRs and 71 RBIs in 74 games at home, which is comparable to Napoli's rate.
You can’t deny Napoli’s success at Fenway Park over his career, but at his rate, over a whole season of 81 games at Fenway Park, he would be on pace for an improbable 30 HRs and 72 RBIs.
Both players had disappointing 2012 seasons and have missed games in the last two seasons. Both players would also be great fits in Boston. Jim Bowden predicted both Napoli and Youkilis to each sign contracts for about $9 million per year.
Unless Napoli is willing to sign a one-year deal and have a second chance at a monster contract year, Youkilis is still a better free agent option.