Re: NAPOLI offered a one year deal! BOTH sides still talking...
posted at 1/12/2013 10:50 AM EST
In response to MadMc44's comment:
Every option out there has flaws:
Morse-one year til FA--minor injury history.
Smoak hasn't proven anything.
Kotchman--world's #1 singles hitter with a mid .200 BA-great glove.
TYLER MOORE--may have more upside than all the above---Rookie--hasn't proven himself 100 %. Perhaps the Nat's would trade him for a lefty reliever and a very good prospect.
In addition, Morse, Smoak and Moore all come with the added cost of prospects.
If the Sox were willing to go 3/39 assuming relative health, then they should be willing to structure a contract that will pay that if Napoli stays healthy. And if he does not, then the Sox should be able to get out of the contract. This can be done with options in years 2 and 3, much like beanetown suggested. I'd rather the Sox do this than trade a reliever and good prospect for Smoak or Moore, or Morse, and then watch the prospect do well and Morse get injured, or Smoak disappoint yet again, or Moore never pan out.
My second choice would be to sign Kotchman for cheap and give Gomez the shot, with Kotchman as backup and late inning replacement...a la Doug Mientkewicz. In fact, that is almost my first choice at this point.
I DO worry about what Napoli will feel like after going through this, and (more importantly) how the fans will treat the guy if he does choose to sign here. His situations is really a no-win for him. And it is not really his fault. If he does opt to sign here, because he has so few realistic options otherwise, I hope the fans will treat him well. I just don't think they will.