Buyer's guide: Corner infielders

Fill-ins and one-year fliers outnumber long-term solutions at first and third

Updated: November 9, 2013, 12:00 PM ET
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider

Mike NapoliElsa/Getty ImagesAfter an impressive 2013, Mike Napoli offers top value as a first baseman and emergency catcher.

As I have in previous years, I'm going through position groups to provide a look at where teams will find value (and where they won't) in free agency this offseason.

Here's a look at best values, worst values and trade targets among free-agent corner infielders.

Best values


Mike Napoli, 1B: I feel a lot better about Napoli now that we've seen him play a year at first base and look very, very good there and have no issues with the hip condition that caused the Red Sox to back out of their initial three-year, $39 million deal with him last winter. He's also an emergency catcher, which is a useful thing to have in the era of pitching staff bloat.


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