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Red Sox focusing on Mike Napoli

Owner John Henry believes power-hitting Mike Napoli can help the Red Sox.


Owner John Henry believes power-hitting Mike Napoli can help the Red Sox.

Free agent Mike Napoli was in Boston over the weekend and met with the Red Sox Saturday.

According to team sources, owner John Henry attended the meeting along with general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell. That can be taken as a sign of how serious the Red Sox are about signing Napoli.

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Henry has been focused on Napoli for several months, believing the 31-year-old power-hitting catcher and first baseman would be a good fit for the Red Sox.

Napoli, who is seeking a four-year contract, is expected to meet with the Texas Rangers this week. He previously sat down with the Seattle Mariners. The Red Sox and Rangers are believed to be the finalists.

Napoli has primarily been a catcher, but the Red Sox view him as a first baseman who could also catch and occasion­ally DH. He hit only .227 last season for the Rangers, but had an .812 OPS. Napoli is a career .259 hitter with a .507 slugging percentage.

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