BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox may soon make their first big splash in free agency.
According to multiple reports out of the winter meetings in Nashville, Boston is closing in on a three-year deal with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli.
The deal is expected to be finalized at some point on Monday.
The Red Sox have long been interested in Napoli, and offered him a three-year deal two weeks ago. Napoli and his agent were lobbying for a fourth year, but it appears they softened on that in stance.
Napoli, who turned 31 last month, is coming off a 2012 season with the Texas Rangers where he hit .227 with 24 home runs and 56 RBIs over 108 games. A career .259 hitter, Napoli made $9.4 million in 2012 with Texas.
The most appealing of Napoli?s numbers have come at Fenway Park though, where he?s hit .306 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in 19 career games.
While Napoli will likely see most of his time at first base with Boston, acquiring him would create a log-jam behind the plate. The Red Sox currently have Jarrod Saltalmacchia, Ryan Lavarnway and David Ross at catcher, so expect a trade should the Red Sox and Napoli agree to terms.
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