Man I hope we don't sign Napoli. Seems like a Bavasi move to me. We need OF's. Not another 1B/DH/C. Smoak, Montero, and Jaso are good enough, and Zunino is coming. We have nothing in the OF. Napoli at 4 years and probably 60 million sounds gross.
Honestly, I think Smoak dreams of becoming Napoli at this point.
Is Smoak out of options?
This also allows for Montero to be sent down if needed.
Montero doesnt need to get sent down. And he shouldnt get sent down. At this point if he struggles you let him work through it. He has nothing to prove in the minors. Smoak on the other hand needs some work, but not enough that you bring in Napoli. I think that will blow up big time. He has had success in deep lineups with other good hitters in hitters parks. Bring him here as our best power option and he will be horrible. He is the best hitter to pay attention to us so I hope we don't throw money at him for that reason alone. We have money to spend but lets not spend it just to spend it. Might be better off waiting until next season.
What I like about signing free agents is we keep our specs.
Especially when you have 3 stud pitchers, chances are not great that all 3 of em pan out, this way we don't run the risk of trading the wrong one and during the season the trade market will open up more opportunities anyways.
I think it makes more sense to get one from trade an one from FA.
I don't want to "upgrade" over Smoak with someone who really isn't that great, but will he paid like he is because of 2011. He is a good player, but not for us. A 4 year deal when we may end up having better options doesn't make sense. If we are willing to spend and give out a 4 year deal, then what argument is there for Napoli over Swisher?
If we can get both, then fine. But id rather go Swisher and someone thru trade than Swish and Napoli. To me, Napoli is a desperation move. There are better options for the price.