Rays Targeting Mike Napoli

The Rays are targeting Angels catcher Mike Napoli as they look to add thump to their lineup, according to Stan McNeal of the Sporting News.

The arbitration eligible 29-year-old could play first base and catch for the Rays, who are also interested in Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero. Napoli asked for $6.1MM in 2011 and the Angels countered with a $5.3MM offer, as MLBTR's Arb Tracker shows. That means he'll likely cost at least as much as any of the DH options the Rays are considering.

The Rays currently have John Jaso, Kelly Shoppach and Robinson Chirinos as catching options, while the Angels have similar depth. Along with Napoli, the Halos have backstops Jeff Mathis, Hank Conger and Bobby Wilson on their 40-man roster.


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137 Comments on "Rays Targeting Mike Napoli"


Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Would be a great addition to the Rays lineup.

Raysfanatic
4 years 7 months ago

Definitely

Raysfanatic
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve always wanted the rays to have a secure catcher in the lineup

Pete
4 years 7 months ago

Whats wrong with Jaso?

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

.372 slugging%

bacon_bitz
4 years 7 months ago

.372 OBP

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

While thats great that he gets on base at that rate, usually teams look for a little more power from their catchers and are willing to trade off some OBP for SLG

RiverKKiller999
4 years 7 months ago

I’d rather have a hole line up of .372+ OBP then a full team of SLG. That’s just me though.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Obviously I feel the same way, but you need some balance in your lineup.. Just look at the 2010 A’s who had no power and the 2010 Jays who couldn’t get on base.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 7 months ago

I agree.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

.372 OBP for a catcher is pretty elite. I wouldn’t give a crap about the SLG at that point

jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

he would more than likely play 1st

zonis
4 years 7 months ago

The Rays were allowed to give an offer to Napoli? The Angels allowed this?

Alex Gomez
4 years 7 months ago

Pretty sure it was a typo.

4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, but who are they going to give up?

SmackSaw
4 years 7 months ago

Longoria would work. I know…hey, a fella can dream, can’t he?

4 years 7 months ago

Thats a typo…. That was the Angels offer…

Rick Garcia
4 years 7 months ago

this seems like a great move for the Rays

I like this better then picking up the trio of aging DHs

Chris Masteller
4 years 7 months ago

Trade Napoli for Jaso. That would solve the leadoff issue.

4 years 7 months ago

Jaso is going to be a good catcher. I wouldn’t trade him… The thing is, I wouldn’t know who the heck they would trade for Napoli lol

SmackSaw
4 years 7 months ago

Longoria! I gotta stop drinking so early…

monkeyspanked
4 years 7 months ago

Just about any team would love to have Napoli for their catcher*… except the Angels. Go figure.

*Twins excluded

vin050
4 years 7 months ago

cards?

4 years 7 months ago

Giants

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

why who do they have?

csp1212
4 years 7 months ago

I agree with you. I don’t understand why the Angels are so eager to trade Napoli. Forget trying to get Manny and Vlad, stick Napoli at DH, that way we have a back up for Catcher and 1st. I wish they would trade Mathis and stop praising him so much because his defense is not even good with a career average of .199, but yet the Angels think he will do better because he was hot for about a month. Napoli batted .400 in a month before so they need to stop with this whole Mathis thing.

Angels Fan
4 years 7 months ago

Noo!

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

Are the Rays smart or what! The Sox pick up Salty, the Yanks pick up Martin, and the Rays look to get Napoli who could be better than both of them.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

I think its no question that Napoli is better than both of them

4 years 7 months ago

And will cost more than both of them. Therein lies the rub.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

6.1 million is reasonable though..

For competitive teams isn’t it better to have the better player even if it means spending a bit more?

4 years 7 months ago

Except they wouldn’t just be paying the money, they have to trade players for him as well.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

yes, I took that in to consideration.. but the price won’t be that steep, the Rays farm system can definitely handle moving a couple B prospects.

0bsessions
4 years 7 months ago

I still think Napoli is one of the most overrated players in the MLB. He actually got on base even less than Pena last year and while he slugged higher, I’d say it’s hard to argue Napoli is likely to slug much of any higher than Pena going forward. He’s also a poor defender with an above average bat at catcher and an average defender with a poor bat at first base and an outright awful bat at DH. I would rather have Jaso, personally.

Since_77
4 years 7 months ago

Napoli is a DH who can catch and play first base. I wouldn’t trust him full time with any glove.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Both Martin and Salty are far superior defensive catchers and the only thing he has an edge in is power and Salty could easily surpass him there if he reaches his potential! So let’s wait and see who’s better out of the 3 in 2011!

4 years 7 months ago

Angels: Well we like Longoria 😉

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Rays: *dial tone*

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Rays: We like Eva Longoria too, great bod.

jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

Rays: We would like to have half your pay roll for the next 15 years….I’ll take that as a no? Oke Doke, don’t say we didn’t try….*dial tone*…..

Rays GM walking away laughing!

OCSportsGeek
4 years 7 months ago

LEadoff could be a good fit. What about something like….

Napoli + Kendrick + Reckling + Jepsen = Longoria?

hahahah I know I’m dreaming. . . but you know, thats what I do. After this off-season, thats all ANY Angels homer can do.

4 years 7 months ago

There is no way they let Longoria go…. He as untouchable as Jered Weaver.

BoSoxSam
4 years 7 months ago

he’s WAY more untouchable than Jered Weaver.

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

Jered Weaver reads this and is now concerned about potentially being touched.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Don’t worry, it’s not bad touch.

Commander_Nate
4 years 7 months ago

That’s what the Rays told us last time with Scott Kazmir…

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

You win.

NathanielS
4 years 7 months ago

Show us where on the doll your slider left you.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

hahahahahahaah

4 years 7 months ago

Thinking the Angels could put together any package to pry Longoria away is dreaming.

That package you suggested is “Inception”-style dream within a dream within a dream fantastical.

Pete
4 years 7 months ago

Right but at least make it a talking point, throw Trout in there and then you might have a conversation-starter. That package is completely pathetic for Longoria.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

I think even with Trout, Longoria and his ridiculously team friendly contract are about untouchable as anyone else in baseball

jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

all those 4 guys+ trout+Torri Hunter(and 80% of his contract eating by the angles) and a pitcher…and then you have a starting point.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

okay thats actually too much.

Trout is the best prospect in baseball. If he comes close to his full potential, thats a 325/400/500 with 30 SB and GG defense coming up of CF. That is worth more than Longoria’s production IMO. The contract is totally different subject and a total deal breaker.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

sighh… I remember the days people talked about Brandon Wood that way
:(

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Brandon Wood was a elite prospect but I don’t think he was ever considered “the best”

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

rated #3 in 2006 by baseball america, behind Justin Upton and Delmon Young

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

and Upton and Young were miles ahead of him. Like I said, never considered the best. Upton and Young were both pegged as all time talents.

joeybw
4 years 7 months ago

Ok what is going on today. I mean I love it but a few days ago, we werent willing to sign Jon Rauch for under 4 million and now it looks like we are going to get Damon and 1 of Manny, Vlad and Napoli? Heck, let Napoli catch and sign Manny anyway. This is a crazy day.

In all seriousness, I am fine with Jaso and who knows what they want, save all trade peices for the bullpen and sign Manny please.

Pete
4 years 7 months ago

I do NOT want Manny in the AL West, please take him Tampa!

grant77
4 years 7 months ago

Toronto would be ideal. I can’t believe they haven’t gotten it done yet with him being a perfect fit and the team being Manny’s first choice.

4 years 7 months ago

Hey, we don’t want him either, haha

Pete
4 years 7 months ago

I’d love to see this happen, but move Napoli to 1B where he belongs:

1B: Napoli
2B: Zobrist
SS: Brignac
3B: Longoria
C: Jaso
LF: Damon
CF: Jennings
RF: Upton
DH: Manny
Bench: Joyce, Fuld, S-Rod, Shoppach

Thats actually a very, very strong lineup. Whoever thinks the Rays wont be battling Boston for the AL East is a fool.

4 years 7 months ago

I like the lineup…. In the AL Central…. But not in the East…. Your telling me that lineup is going to compete with A-Gon, Youk, Ortiz, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Crawford, Drew, Scutaro, and Salty??? Righhhhhht.

I Hate the Red Sox…. SOOOOO MUCH.

jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

considering the position switch to youk, the injury from A-gon(yeah i hope you all know his shoulder is messed up) wondering how Ped will come back…scutaro probably not being the starting SS, salty being straight up bad and drew being old and hurt yeah it could be a better line up

4 years 7 months ago

The position switch for Youk isn’t going to be an issue, the guy’s gonna hit no matter where you put him. So what if Scuturo isn’t their starting SS, I think that’s actually a plus for the Sox in that they have a guy who could be better. Yeah, Gonzalez had shoulder surgery, but everyone in the world is pretty confident that it won’t limit his production. They’ve added Crawford, and the only position where they’re likely to not get above-average production is catcher, although I wouldn’t be shocked if Salty got his act together at Fenway. Also, the Sox clearly have the better pen and bench.

If they get Napoli and one of Vlad or Manny, I’d put them above the Yankees. But I have no reason to believe at this point that any team in that division will top the Sox when all is said and done.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

How about the vastly overated rotation after Price! Or e fact that your team doesn’t have 3 out of the 4 top hitters in your projected lineup! Or the awful team defense! Or the total lack of anything resembling a bullpen! You’ve had your run but be real, your team might compete for a wildcard if everything goes right, but Boston is better in every way by a mile!

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

There’s this this called the Wild Card..

Catztradamus
4 years 7 months ago

The rays don’t need to score 6 runs a game because their pitching is giving up 4. That lineup + their rotation puts them on a pretty level playing field with Boston and NY.

Catztradamus
4 years 7 months ago

If they sign Damon as an outfielder, Jennings is at AAA, Upton is in Center, and Joyce is in Right.

Catztradamus
4 years 7 months ago

So potentially Tampa’s lineup could look like this?

Damon LF
Upton CF
Longoria 3b
Ramirez/Guerrero DH
Napoli C
Joyce RF
Johnson 1B
Brignac SS
Zobrist/Rodriguez 2B

Three minor moves like that and you’ve made up a big difference.

4 years 7 months ago

Why would Zobrist bat 9th?

Catztradamus
4 years 7 months ago

cause I forgot about him. lol. thats what happens when a dude can play every position on the field.

rloutzen
4 years 7 months ago

What about Jose Lobaton? He caught most of the game at Durham last year. Why was he left out..or maybe he is going to Anaheim as part of the deal

Thurman8er
4 years 7 months ago

The Angels don’t pony up for Crawford or Soriano…but instead trade their 20 HR catcher for a Rays back up and PTBNL. Sounds about right.

OCSportsGeek
4 years 7 months ago

right? LEt’s improve that offense by giving up a guy who’s a legit power threat.

Gotta love Tony’s mentality.

Maybe Scioscia’s making this Small Ball thing a requirement – – and he doesn’t want ANY real HR threats. . . .

*sigh* what a winter.

jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

it sounds right because their manager seems to have an issue with a catcher who is easily the most consistently strongest catcher in the league(i would look it up but im lazy i doubt any catcher has consistently hit more home runs since nap came up) and socia seems to not like him which is why even with the kendry injury last year Nap saw his playing time suffer..

4 years 7 months ago

Victor Martinez, who’s also better defensively. He didn’t hit HR’s at the rate Napoli has, but overall he’s hit more. The thing is, Napoli can barely pass as a catcher. And 20+ HR’s at 1B isn’t all that valuable, especially when you suck defensively.

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 7 months ago

I wish I had Scioscia and Reagins’ email addresses so I could tell them that playing their best hitting catcher who could very likely hit 30 HRs is a better idea than not playing him or trading him. PLEASE don’t trade Napoli, let the man play.

OCSportsGeek
4 years 7 months ago

yeah but the guys got naked pics of scioscia or something. Scioscia is just not a Napoli fan.

Too bad the entire fan base is. I just shudder at handing the reigns over to Mathis. Conger’s not quite full-time ready yet. This move w/ no counter for power = rebuilding. Period.

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 7 months ago

Lol. I agree that there is some reason Scioscia doesn’t like Nap, but I haven’t seen it. He seems to play hard all the time, etc. I guess he is way up on defensive catchers, but Nap has the ability to be at the top of the team in HRs and RBIs, so you think they could find a spot for him. Angels should trade a catcher though, they have a million of them, just not Nap.

firstavenger
4 years 7 months ago

guys, , napoli has value, but he’s not what we need. he hits 20 homers, and thats it. no obp, no average, average glove… let someone else find the value in him, take his contract, and get that speedy lead off guy we need sounds good to me…

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 7 months ago

My problem is that trading Nap right now would have to be getting a low return value for him. If the Angels could get Zobrist for him, I would be ok. But, I doubt that is going to happen. If the Angels just wanted a speedy lead off guy, they could pick up Pods on the cheap for one year.

joeybw
4 years 7 months ago

Boras is creatng smoke screens like he always does and I think this is a smoke screen getting returned by the Rays, make Boras think we are going after Napoli so he advises Manny to take the Rays offer. Andrew Friedman vs Scott Boras, game on.

4 years 7 months ago

I wonder what Angels would get in return….. Upton?

Thurman8er
4 years 7 months ago

Dream until your dreams come true.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Would they even want or need upton? Outfield looks pretty stacked as in, with more studs on the way

4 years 7 months ago

Outfield looks stacked? Who are you kidding? Torii is on the downside declining rapidly, Abreau and Rivera don’t belong in the outfield anymore, Bourjos is unproven although I really like him, and Trout is at least 1 year away.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

but what exactly are you getting in Upton.. while his power went up last year, he still struggles to get on base and the last 2 years he hasn’t come close to his previous 2 years before that .. He just doesn’t seem like the player you add to that outfield.. if you have Bourjos and Trout manning the outfield in 2012.. you most definitely would want someone with a lot of power for the remaining corner outfield spot. .

PushDown
4 years 7 months ago

Outfield was stacked a few years ago. Right now, it’s faaar from stacked. Torii’s our best and that’s not saying a lot. Abreu? Give him a couple more years. Rivera? No thanks. As for Bourjous and Trout, I like them alot but still have yet to prove their ability to hit major league ball. Upton fairly young at 26, and if he gets rid of the attitude problems, you are left with a potential 30hr-30sb guy. I’m looking forward to a Bourjous/ Trout/ Upton trio in the outfield. Add in K-Mo, and whoo.

4 years 7 months ago

Upton would have to be the Starting point…. Or Zobriest.