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Seattle GM: ‘No idea’ that Red Sox so close on Mike Napoli

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ‘€“ Shortly after news that Mike Napoli [1] had reached a three-year, $39 million agreement with the Red Sox [2], the general manager of one of the Sox’€™ chief competitors in the pursuit of the free agent, Jack Zduriencik of the Mariners [3], talked about missing out on the catcher/first baseman.

‘€œYou never know,’€ Zduriencik told WEEI.com at the Opryland Resort. ‘€œWe had discussions with him, but at the end every player has to make their own decision, and I respect that. You never know if you’€™re close or not. You have good dialogue going, but in the end, who knows? At the end the player decides what he feels is best for him. Mike’€™s a great guy and it’€™s a good fit for Boston, so congrats.’€

When asked he had any clue that Napoli was close to a deal with the Red Sox heading into the winter meetings, Zduriencik said, ‘€œI had no idea. None at all.’€

For more on the Napoli deal, click here. [4]