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Mike Napoli rumors: Free agent catcher visits Boston

Red Sox would most likely want Napoli to be their first baseman.


Free agent Mike Napoli was in Boston on Saturday, but Red Sox executives "would not comment on whether a meeting took place," according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

Napoli, who can play at both catcher and first base, met with the Seattle Mariners last week. He is expected to meet with the Texas Rangers, who he spent the last two seasons with, this week.

The Red Sox have three big-league catchers on its 40-man roster -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway and David Ross -- so the team is looking to sign Napoli to be the team's first baseman.

Boston has had a hole at first base since trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August. James Loney, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the trade, was the team's primary first baseman after Gonzalez left, but he is a free agent.

Napoli batted .227 with 24 home runs in 108 games for the Rangers last season. The 31 year old is looking for a four-year contract, according to The Globe.