Red Sox Sign Mike Napoli

Bushy-bearded Mike Napoli has agreed to return to Boston for two years and $32M. That said, Mets fans can scratch him off the list of potential first basemen to acquire this winter. Though, why would the Mets be interested in a first baseman, when they have a “glut” of them?

Hey, it would’ve been nice for the Mets to bag the bearded Bostonian, but their budget currently has no space. Besides, there are still a few free agent first baseman available that are worth considering, including Corey Hart, James Loney, Mark Reynolds, Michael Young, Kendrys Morales, and Kevin Youkilis. You know, if the Mets wanted to add to their glut.

What’s your take on the Napoli signing? Do you care? Is it irrelevant to the goings-on in Flushing?

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  1. hiro December 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    In my book Wilmer Flores will be the Mets’ 1B of the future. Since he won’t cut it at 2B and (as we all agree) the Mets go nowhere in 2014 let him play there and don’t block him with any veteran.
    Wilmer has always hit for average and has shown a talent to drive in runs.
  2. argonbunnies December 8, 2013 at 3:41 am
    On Ike, Duda, and Flores:

    If I were a scout, not knowing the players’ ages or track records, the guy I’d pick would definitely be Duda. Short swing, excellent bat speed, strong, doesn’t chase (except for sliders from lefties).

    In the real world, having seen Ike and Duda fail for long enough, Flores deserves a chance. But I don’t personally see any cause for optimism there. He doesn’t strike out much, but shows no other real skills. I’m inclined to think he’s been hyped only because the Mets have nothing better, and he’d be a #18 prospect in the Cubs system.

    Hart and Loney would be improvements (Loney in part due to defense), but not huge ones, so I wouldn’t prioritize them.