New York Mets: It would be a benefit to sign Mike Napoli
The New York Mets have done next to nothing so far this offseason.
If you look at one position that the team needs to address is their 1st base situation. There are plenty of names who could fill that void, but there is one who should be atop the list. Mike Napoli is someone who could both help the Mets at the 1st base position, but he could also catch a few nights. Also, he can help the clubhouse and bring in some veteran leadership.
He is a 12-year veteran who has been mostly in the American League. He has played for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Angels. So you don’t need to worry about him not being able to play in a major market. Over his 12 years of playing, he has averaged 26 home runs, 87 runs batted in, and had a batting average of .246. Those are very respectable numbers. In addition, he has also played some of the outfields.
I would bring him in to not only play 1st base and catcher but to help mentor those guys. When you look at the 1st base situation, it is apparent that they are sticking with Dominic Smith. While Smith is still young, why not have someone like Napoli teach him. When you look at the catcher position, this is where the service of Napoli would be greatly helped. It seems that all the Mets catchers need help. Also, due to Travis d’Arnaud being a bit injury prone, Mike Napoli could platoon with him some nights. Another addition is that the Mets would have a built-in DH when they play American League teams.
Due to the fact that he is no spring chicken, you can’t sign him to a long-term deal. He is 36 years old, so it is safe to say you will only have him for maybe 2-5 good years.
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