Red Sox vs the AL East: first basemen

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Aug 8, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) rounds the bases after hitting on a solo home run in the fifth inning as Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta watches at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

3. Mike Napoli, Red Sox

Napoli slipped a bit in his second season with the Red Sox, as he played in only 119 games while dealing with a multitude of injuries. And while those injuries clearly sapped some of Napoli’s power, as his .171 isolated power was significantly lower than his .223 mark in the previous season, he still managed to reach base at an incredible rate, walking a career-high 15.6% of the time. That led to a slash line of .248/.370/.419 for Napoli, who also posted 17 home runs in a power-starved Red Sox lineup and played excellent defense at first base. Now 33 years old, Napoli’s numbers should hover around last season’s stats, though he could gain a bit more power after an offseason of rest. He won’t be a sexy option for the Red Sox, but when healthy, he should be a consistently good option both at the plate and in the field.