What does this hip problem do to Mike Napoli's forecast?
Beantown is doing the responsible thing by protecting the club regarding his contract and bringing in some insurance at the position. Avascular necrosis can be a debilitating condition. We probably have a pretty large part of the explanation for why Napoli struggled in his final season with the Texas Rangers.
As has been reported, however, the discovery of AVN has come early in its development. The slugger could easily go on to have a number of productive years after the fact. Now that he and his doctors understand how to handle it, there's probably little reason to worry about buying Napoli much more so than one would with any other player.
The news regarding the 31-year-old could easily work to roto managers' advantage. He retains catcher eligibility, but he'll serve as the Red Sox's primary first baseman, so 500-plus plate appearances are well within reach. The combination of Napoli's poor 2012 and medical chart should drive down enthusiasm enough that the risk will be well worth taking.
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About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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