Your reaction to the Napoli deal?


What's your take on the Red Sox's first big move of the offseason: Monday's 3-year, $39 million agreement with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli?

On one hand, they've probably found themselves an everyday first baseman from a free-agent crop that wasn't exactly overflowing with talent, and didn't have to invest more than three years in him. The Sox have also given themselves some positional flexibility. With Napoli in the fold, they could dangle catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway in a possible trade and make Napoli the everyday catcher.

Not to be discounted either are the right-handed Napoli's numbers at Fenway: In 62 at bats, he is hitting .306 with 7 homers, 17 RBIs and a 1.107 OPS. It's a small sample size, but Napoli's .710 slugging percentage at Fenway Park is the third highest in the last 90 years behind only Dave Kingman and Frank Robinson, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Napoli also had a career year in 2011, hitting .320 with 30 homers and a 1.046 OPS.

On the other hand, the Sox are investing $39 million in a guy who hit .227 in 2012 with the Rangers and has played just 125 games at first base over his career. Do the Red Sox project him as a No. 5 or 6 hitter? He has spent most of his career in the seventh or eighth spots. Is that what $13 million per season buys in this market?

Your turn: Was this a good move or a questionable one for the Red Sox? Vote in the poll above and sound off in the comments section.