Another chunk of the free agent market broke off Tuesday with the Cleveland Indians agreeing to a minor league deal with Mike Napoli.
Mike Napoli will have a Minor League contract/spring invite with Indians after he passes a physical.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 27, 2018
To quell any possible issues, Francona met with presumed designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and first baseman Yonder Alonso to make sure they knew Napoli was not here to take their job.
Francona met with Encarnacion and Alonso to make sure they knew Napoli was not here "to take your job." Manager said the organization's respect for Napoli played a big role in the signing. Felt like he deserved to be in an MLB camp, even if it's to audition for another team.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 27, 2018
More than anything, Napoli will serve as an important presence during spring training and see if he still has something left in the tank to possibly make the final roster, whether that's with the Indians or someone else.