NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Texas Rangers lost one of their most popular players Monday after catcher Mike Napoli agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox. Early reports indicate that Napoli agreed to a 3 year deal worth $39 million.
The Rangers did sign backup catcher Geovany Soto to a one year contract but he’s not consider a long term solution.
Texas has shown interest in A.J. Pierzynski of the White Sox and Russell Martin of the New York Yankees as possible free agent catchers to fill the vacancy. Those are the biggest names on their wish list right now as a replacement for Napoli.
Jon Daniels has been quoted as saying that the team's long term solution may not be found this offseason.
The Rangers did not make a qualifying offer to Napoli, which means Texas will not receive any compensation for his departure.
Boston likes Napoli as a right handed power hitter who has a slugging percentage at Fenway Park of .710 compared to .501 everywhere else.