BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox had a “casual” meeting Saturday with free agent Mike Napoli in Boston on Saturday, WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche confirmed.
The Red Sox have reportedly offered the catcher/first baseman a three-year deal, but Napoli is said to be holding out for a fourth year.
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, so despite his low batting average his price tag will be high this winter.
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.