Boston, MA - According to Buster Olney on Twitter, the Texas Rangers have emerged as a serious threat to the Red Sox in the Mike Napoli sweepstakes. Boston extended a qualifying offer to Napoli, but he rejected it and chose to test the free agent waters. If you remember, Napoli was a huge piece of the 2011 Texas Rangers who were able to make the World Series.
Napoli had a big year for the Red Sox last season and was one of the biggest players for them in the postseason. During the regular season, he hit 23 homers and drove in 92 runs. He had just a .259 batting average, but was a key piece to helping the Red Sox reach the postseason.
It is no secret that the Boston Red Sox want Napoli back in a big way. They view him as a key piece to their chances to make another run at a World Series next season and most analysts believe that he will end up back with the Red Sox. It will be interesting to see which team he chooses as he’s had very good relationships with both teams.
“Boston is the place that I want to play. Hopefully it works out.” - Mike Napoli
That quote was made by Mike Napoli while being interviewed courtside at the Celtics-Bobcats game on Wednesday night. More than likely, the Red Sox will end up being used as leverage for a larger contract, but it does appear likely that he’ll be back in Boston with both sides wanting to work something out.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.