Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners interested in Mike Napoli

The Mariners search for hitting has led them to conversations with free agent  Mike Napoli.  The DH/1B/catcher  was an all-star in 2011 after having a career season with the Texas Rangers, hitting .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBI. He posted a monster 1.046 OPS that season.

But in 2012, Napoli regressed. A series of leg injuries caused him issues. He hit .227 with 24 homers and 56 RBI and a .812 OPS.

According to the Boston Globe, Napoli met with the Red Sox and was offered a three-year contract. While the blog says he will meet with the Mariners, Napoli has already in fact met with the Mariners earlier in the week.

He made $9.4 million last season with the Rangers - a product of his monster 2011 season.

Obviously, he would be looking at  more than that.

Would you be willing to pay $11 or $12 million a year over four years for Napoli services?