Napoli enjoyed a solid season with the Texas Rangers in 2012. Napoli hit .227 with 24 homers and 56 RBI playing both catcher and first base for Texas last season.
While his average isn't exactly great in the least bit, Napoli would still be an improvement in that department for the Yanks, plus his offensive production would be an upgrade for New York.
But if the Yanks want to make this deal, it will take a bit of help from their rival, the Boston Red Sox. General manager Ben Cherington seemingly reached a deal early in the winter with Napoli, but since then that deal has hit a snag.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has the info on Napoli and the Sox's latest contract talks and why they have hit a snag:
Free agent Mike Napoli agreed to contract terms with the Red Sox back on Dec. 3, accepting three years and $39 million to be the team’s primary first baseman.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington acknowledged that a deal was in place that day and happily talked about Napoli’s strengths as a player.
Nearly four weeks later, Napoli remains a free agent because of a pre-existing hip injury. The Red Sox want contract language that protects the team in the event of a debilitating injury.
Napoli's injury, as mentioned by Abraham, is certainly a concern for any team willing to sign the backstop, but it could work out to the Yanks' advantage if they were to sneak in and sign him.
With the market dwindling down to a few solid players left, Napoli might find only one-year deals available to him now that the injury is known. That's where the Yanks could step in and offer Napoli a lucrative one-year deal that is far and above better than the rest.
It's doubtful the Yanks would sign Napoli to a multi-year deal with his latest physical problems, but the longer Napoli is on the market, the better the chances are that that could happen.