Napoli Signs for 3 Years with Boston

by kelly on December 3, 2012

After several weeks of negotiations, free agent catcher Mike Napoli has agreed to sign a three-year, $39 million deal with the Boston  Red Sox, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

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The 31-year-old Napoli had interest from several teams, including the Mariners and his former team, the Rangers, and was reportedly holding out for a four-year deal with one of the teams. He apparently never got a four-year offer so he’ll head to the Red Sox, where he can expect to mostly play first base but also fill in behind the plate and at DH.

Napoli had a down year by his standards in 2012, but still hit 24 homers and OPSed .812 in just 108 games, despite a low batting average. He is one year removed from a monster .320/.414/.631 season, so the Red Sox are hopeful he can find that magic again.

As for the Rangers, they should be shopping hard now for a power bat and a catcher, though finding that in the same player will be difficult with Napoli now off the market.

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