I don’t trust Jim Bowden for rumors, but it’s not as though anyone else is making baseball news on Thanksgiving:
Mike Napoli holding out for 4th year from Red Sox...meeting with Mariners who might be willing to give the extra year according to sources—
JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 22, 2012
Again, Bowden is prone to sounding way too confident about any nugget that comes his way. Still, this hardly sounds outlandish. Napoli is a good fit for the Red Sox, and most thought they’d be in on him. The Mariners are also in the market for bats, and if they added Napoli, it’d give them an interesting three-headed DH-catcher platoon between he, Jesus Montero and John Jaso. They could even play all three at the same time if first baseman Justin Smoak falls on his face again.