Are the Yankees interested in Mike Napoli?

According to a tweet by Bob Nightengale, it would appear that they are.

I have no idea why the Yankees would even want Napoli after their acquisition of Eli Whiteside from the San Francisco Giants.

All jokes aside, we have no idea what’s going to happen with Russell Martin. And as Brien wrote earlier, Russell is garnering interest from a few teams so maybe getting Napoli could be a good thing for the Yankees? Plus, he’s batting .375/.531/.625/1.156 at the new Stadium – in (Small Sample Size Alert!) 24 at bats.

There have been whispers of A.J. Pierzynski possibly being a target, no pun intended, for the Yankees as well.

It’s only November 12 and there is a lot at stake this offseason for the Yankees so it will be interesting to see how it goes.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

2 thoughts on “Are the Yankees interested in Mike Napoli?

  1. Bill

    Interesting indeed. Napoli is not a full time catcher, although he brings some strong right hand hitting to the table. Martin is a better alternative. He’s more athletic and I don’t believe for one second he’s a .211 hitter. And the catcher named AJ would be infinitely worse for this team that the pitcher named AJ. At least Burnett fit nicely in the clubhouse. Pierzynski is a flaming a-hole who timed a career year perfectly. That’s not what this team needs.

  2. Norm

    I’m not sure why Whiteside would factor into it. He’s a career minor leaguer with little MLB time, while Napoli is a proven major league talent. Plus, with Swisher likely gone, he can serve as a back-up to Tex at 1b.

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