Red Sox Claim Mike Napoli, No Deal Reached

MONDAY, 4:06pm: The Red Sox will not trade for Napoli, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. A source familiar with the situation told Speier that the Angels were "not really looking to move" the catcher.

SUNDAY, 6:29pm: The Angels will likely pull Napoli back as they can create more of a trade market for him over the winter, a league source told John Tomase of the Boston Herald.

3:38pm: ESPN's Joe McDonald tweets that the Red Sox have claimed Napoli on waivers, but in a separate tweet says it's unlikely the two teams work out a deal for the slugging catcher.

Sitting 5.5 games back of the Wild Card and first place in their division, the Red Sox are a logical fit to claim Napoli. His right-handed power would fit well in Fenway, and his presence would also serve as an insurance policy to Jarrod Saltalamacchia beyond the 2010 season. The claim also blocks Tampa Bay from getting their hands on Napoli.

Ken Rosenthal points out (via Twitter), that if the Angels are intent on trading him, they could likely get more for Napoli in an offseason deal when they can incorporate more teams into the bidding.

9:23am: Mike Napoli has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The Angels have until Monday afternoon to work out a trade with the claiming team, which Morosi speculates is an American League club.

Napoli, 28, has been a consistent source of power for the Angels, hitting 61 homers in his last three seasons, including a career-high 21 this year. However, Mike Scioscia seems to prefer Jeff Mathis, a superior defensive backstop, behind the plate. Since Mathis came off the disabled list in June, Napoli has seen far more playing time at first base, replacing the injured Kendry Morales, than at catcher.

As Morosi notes, most American League contenders could use some help at catcher, first base, or designated hitter, and Napoli may also appeal to non-contenders like the Tigers, since he's under team control through 2012. As they exhibited on Friday by dealing Brian Fuentes, the Angels aren't averse to making August trades, but the bet here is that Napoli remains in Anaheim.


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87 Comments on "Red Sox Claim Mike Napoli, No Deal Reached"


4 years 11 months ago

My speculation its the Texas Rangers

baseballdude
4 years 11 months ago

no they already got bengie molina

4 years 11 months ago

Yes they do, but he is a free agent after this year and the Rangers have no once else to play C. And Cantu hasn’t done jack at 1b.

baseballdude
4 years 11 months ago

they wont give up enough prospects for a guy who will split the time with bengie molina. and the rangers can resign molina at the end of the year

dbreer23
4 years 11 months ago

Napoli could be a 3/4 to full-time guy, though. He would take Cantu’s place as the RH-1B bat, and spell Molina as well. Plus, Napoli is under team control for next year, so TEX wouldn’t need to sign Molina if they didn’t want to. I don’t think the Angels will ask for a king’s ransom for Napoli anyway – for some reason, Scioscia hasn’t fully utilized Napoli, nor does he plan to, so if they got a spare arm or MI prospect (not a top guy, either), I think they’d move Napoli in a heart-beat.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

Cantu hasn’t done much, but Mitch Moreland has.

4 years 11 months ago

As they should keep him. Napoli has the most power in that organization other than Kendry Morales, and they wouldn’t have anyone to play first base.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

It just makes a ton of sense, as John Tomase said, to trade him over the winter.

4 years 11 months ago

if napoli were traded who play first for the angels the rest of this year? McAnulty?

4 years 11 months ago

Juan Rivera and Howie Kendrick can play 1st

4 years 11 months ago

Rivera’s been playing 1B often the past week-10 days. And he’s looked pretty good defensively.

dbreer23
4 years 11 months ago

They could call up Trumbo…

philpbarnes
4 years 11 months ago

Red Sox… please

derekbellstutu
4 years 11 months ago

The Sox could use Napoli. He seems to hit well whenever the Sox play the Halos. Maybe Theo’s thinking “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”.

redsox4120
4 years 11 months ago

I’ve always loved Napoli. The guy is a solid hitter and can field too. Throw him in the Sox line-up and we may have a legit shot.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

It would be nice to have both Napoli and Salty next year….one can only hope.

4 years 11 months ago

Are they going to bring back V Mart? Even offer arbitration?

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

He won’t likely get the money in Boston he can get elsewhere . Also if he isn’t projecting to play at C then he loses value as a purely 1B/DH.

It is possible but I don’t see it happening.

4 years 11 months ago

They’ll definitely offer arbitration, I don’t know about him long term though. The guy is at best a league average 1B/DH, but is a top offensive catcher when playing the position. I think they’d be comfortable offering a 3yr/36 deal but I think he’ll want more in years and annual money.

johnsilver
4 years 11 months ago

Interesting story.. Had to clear AL 1st and Tigers likely to put in a claim well before Boston like it said, but isn’t there system fairly bare at the upper levels and Anaheim is NOT going to give him away very cheap.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

Odds are this was only done to determine interest in Napoli. Angels won’t trade him because they’ll be contenders next year.

bjsguess
4 years 11 months ago

This is right on. Napoli isn’t some sort of salary dump. He has serious value and is cheap. The Angels should be able to extract a premium talent for him. Those kind of deals rarely happy through the Waiver process.

If he gets traded it will be in the off-season.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

Speculating that it’s an American League club…Detroit, Boston? If it’s a NL club, it could be the Brewers or the Cubs.

melonis_rex
4 years 11 months ago

No way Napoli clears the AL.

All of Boston/Detroit/Seattle/Toronto/ChiSox have every reason to claim him, even if they aren’t 2010 contenders.

baseballdude
4 years 11 months ago

im guessing tigers

4 years 11 months ago

Why do they have until Monday, yet Manny can go until Tuesday?

4 years 11 months ago

Either one can go until 1:30 pm ET on Tuesday, I believe. They could be traded after that, but a new waiver period begins on Sept 1st, and a player acquired in September is not eligible for post season.

4 years 11 months ago

Sad to say, but I think Napoli’s days in Anaheim are coming to a close… I don’t think he leaves THIS year, but in the offseason, I think he gets dealt.

Scioscia loves Mathis, and I guess Napoli’s team-leading 21 HR isn’t enough for him.

Simply put: if between Napoli and Rivera, Napoli’s the one that’d be easier to move, and net a greater return. But if the Angels are able to get Carl Crawford in the offseason, then they move Rivera and maybe Mathis or Wilson… who knows?

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

There does seem to be a disconnect between Napoli and Scioscia/Angels. Maybe because Napoli was vocal about wanting more playing time? If they can move Napoli, they should.

4 years 11 months ago

I agree 100%. Something happened that hasn’t been put out. I know Mathis is “superior” behind the plate, but Sosh doesn’t even play Naps everyday at 1B. His bat is missed every time he sits. I say trade them both in the offseason along with Rivera, get a few decent arms in the pen, fire Hatcher, get CC, and bring up Hank.

4 years 11 months ago

I would love it if the Rays put in a claim. We already know they put in a claim for manram so we know they are active on the waiver wire. I think he would be an improvement over Jaso or Shoppach and would be a great bat off the bench at the very least.

jwredsox
4 years 11 months ago

I think the Sox would try and block them. Napoli would be a big improvement at DH or catcher for the Rays. And if he Sox do get him they can use him and VMart to split time at catcher and 1B.

Dev0
4 years 11 months ago

My bet is he wouldn’t make it past Toronto who could use a first basemen and even a cacher potentially next year.

baseballdude
4 years 11 months ago

detroit is b4 toronto so i dont think he will even get to toronto

Jonathan Stone
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t think Napoli will even make it to a contender. The Mariners could use him, as could the Royals and even the Indians. He’s under control for 2 more years and could be claimed and then repackaged again next season. He’s an extremely valuable commodity and I think Reagins is just fishing to establish a baseline value for off season dealing.

baseballdude
4 years 11 months ago

indians dont need a cathcer ( carlos santana) the royals dont need a catcher (jason kendall)

AZalltheway
4 years 11 months ago

I agree with you that the Indians have Santana who will fill the Catcher spot for a while. But what about first base and DH? Nobody as stellar as Napoli comes to mind. Meanwhile, the Royals have Butler manning first base for a while and Moustakas/Gordon to DH/3b. Napoli would be a massive upgrade over their current catcher though, as Kendall’s days in KC are numbered.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

the royals dont need a catcher (jason kendall)

LOL yes they do.

Jonathan Stone
4 years 11 months ago

Santana is a stud, however, no catcher plays 162 games and Napoli behind the dish for 40-60 games, while DHing or filling in the at 1st for a mediocre Travis Hafner makes a lot of sense to me. Since Napoli will be valuable in trade in either of the next two years or be a Type A free agent, the Indians (or whoever gets him) would get compensation.

Kendall is done, and the Royals already regret not resigning either Buck or Oliva from last season.

penpaper
4 years 11 months ago

Angel fans are anticipating the Conger era and someone has to go. Napoli should bring in a nice piece. Also, this is only to draw interest for the offseason, as some have said.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 11 months ago

True. If several teams put in a claim, they can simply pull him back and work the phones in the off season.

4 years 11 months ago

It really doesn’t matter what team claimed Napoli, he isn’t going anywhere until the off season unless the claiming team is ready to give top talent in return, and this is something most contending teams aren’t in a position to do.

yazpik
4 years 11 months ago

Mariners, maybe for 2011… Adam Moore-Napoli looks good

C-1B-DH Perfect for the M´s, but I don´t think the Angels trade him for nothing, especially with the M´s, looks unlikely

melonis_rex
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, I think the Mariners won the claim.

4 years 11 months ago

Question for Boston fans: Are V Mart and Varitek both outta there after this season? Will they even be offered arby? I know that Theo likes those Arby sandwiches.

Fever Pitch Guy
4 years 11 months ago

Varitek is an excellent backup catcher, I see him re-signing with the Sox at a bargain price. Salty is too much of a questionmark, it’s a shame he came down with that infection right after being called up.

4 years 11 months ago

He said he was going to retire after the year finishes at the beginning of the season.

Fever Pitch Guy
4 years 11 months ago

Where did you see that Tek will retire? I know Lowell plans to retire after the season, but I can’t see Tek retiring unless his foot is worse than we realize.

If he did say he’s retiring, it could be a negotiating ploy. There is such a huge demand for competent catchers, and Jason was doing well in the backup role prior to his injury.

4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, I’m not saying you’re wrong but I never heard this either…do you have a link?

jwsox
4 years 11 months ago

please be the whitesox. and end this AJ crap…or simply as a back up if we cant get manny, or get napoli and manny manny full time DH and napoli back up catcher the rest of the season, cut mark kotsay and andru jones…..and keep napoli for next season

SoxFan99
4 years 11 months ago

Andrew Jones has 31 homers and you want to cut him?

jwsox
4 years 11 months ago

yeah andruw jones does not have 31 home runs

airohpue13
4 years 11 months ago

Even though I doubt a deal will get down I hope the tigers put a claim in on him.