Found January 17, 2013 on
It's over! It's finally over. The Red Sox & Mike Napoli have finally settled on a contract. That worry about Casey Kotchman possibly starting for us? GONE. EVERYBODY REJOICE.
According to WEEI's Rob Bradford:
According to a major league source, the Red Sox and Mike Napoli have reached an agreement on what is believed to be a one-year deal.
So we get Napoli and we get him on a one-year deal. It'll probably be a little more costly for this year, maybe something like $15 million but the Red Sox don't have to worry about his hip in the long term. My only concern is that if he does have a good year, the cost of re-signing him will go up but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.
Update: According to Gordon Edes, the one year deal is going to be less than the $13 million annual average of the original three-year deal on the table. So this guy feels a little dumb but hey Napoli on a cheaper one year deal is a steal.
Edes also mentioned that Napoli was also talking to Texas:
Napoli and the Texas Rangers had re-opened talks, but he instead chose the Red Sox because he'd get a more clearly definite role with more at-bats.
With Texas, Napoli would have shared playing time at catcher (A.J. Pierzynski), 1B (Mitch Moreland) and DH (Lance Berkman) -- so he opted to take a one-year deal with Boston.
Well then! I was worried that Texas would try and swipe him next year but they were thinking of adding him as the super utility man this season and because the Sox strung him along there was a chance this could've happened. Needless to say, there would have been a lot of anger directed towards Ben Cherington if they did all this negotiating for nothing.
BEST OF MAXIM
The latest from the story that won't die comes from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who says that the Sox and Mike Napoli have made progress to the point that something is expected to be finalized next week. But that doesn't mean it's done:
Napoli is said to be talking to a couple other American League teams but the Red Sox are clearly heavily involved and may be the focus...
More than one month after initially agreeing to a three-year, $39 million contract, Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have come to terms on a one-year deal that will pay him $5 million, according to a major-league source.
The initial deal was nullified when a health concern arose as part of Napoli's physical exam.
Incentive clauses in the contract could allow Napoli...
Signing Mike Napoli looked like it was going to be the Red Sox’ first big move of the offseason. Seven weeks and a few transactions later, signing Napoli might be the Red Sox’ last big move of the offseason.
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While the Red Sox began to take some heat from those insisting the club should explore other first-base options, Cherington...
Mike Napoli and the Red Sox will finally touch pen to paper on a new contract soon, sources told ESPN Boston on Thursday. Napoli and the Sox have reportedly agreed on a one-year, $5 million contract with incentives that could reward Napoli with a $13 million payout in 2013.
This news comes nearly two months after it was initially reported that the Red Sox had signed the free agent...
Mike Napoli's deal with the Boston Red Sox might be shrinking. The free agent catcher/first baseman and the team are closing in on a one-year contract, according to ESPNBoston.com. Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a three-year, $39 million deal last month at the winter meetings, but the contract was never signed, reportedly because the 31-year-old veteran failed his...
It seems Mike Napoli will be a member of the Boston Red Sox after all. He and the team seemingly reached a three-year deal earlier in the offseason, but hip problems revealed during his physical put the deal on hold. After weeks of discussion, the two sides inched closer to a one-year deal yesterday, and it became a reality today.
Robert Bradford of WEEI.com broke the news...
It seems very likely that Mike Napoli will be playing for the Red Sox in 2013. Speaking before the Red Sox Town Hall on Thursday, Ben Cherington would not confirm the reports that the Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with the veteran slugger, but he did seem very optimistic that something could be announced before long.
Cherington acknowledged that the Red Sox have made progress...
It’s been more than seven weeks since reports surfaced stating that Mike Napoli was Boston bound, but we might actually have a resolution relatively soon.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Napoli and the Red Sox have made progress and continue to try to work out an agreement after the original three-year, $39 million deal hit a snag.
Multiple reports have indicated that...
After weeks of waiting, it appears that the Mike Napoli saga is about to come to a close.
The Red Sox and Napoli have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Originally, it was reported that the team had signed the first baseman/catcher to a three-year deal worth $39 million. However, apparent issues on a physical prevented the Red Sox from making...
Back on December 3, 2012, the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli had agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million.
Over time as the Red Sox signed other players, the team never officially announced the deal. It turned out there had been problems with Napoli's physical and the Red Sox wanted to renegotiate his contract.
45 days later, it looks as though that's finally...
After almost a month after originally agreeing to a three year deal, the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli have agreed to a restructured one year, $5 million deal, according to WEEI.
Napoli and the Red Sox initially agreed to a three year, $39 million deal in early December, but, after a physical, the Red Sox noticed some red flags on Napoli's nagging hip. After more than...
Catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli will sign a one-year, $5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, ESPN reported Thursday. The deal could reportedly jump to $13 million due to incentives. Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract earlier in the offseason but the deal was off because he failed his physical. The two sides reportedly agreed to shorter terms. The Texas...
The Boston Red Sox and free agent Mike Napoli initially had a three year contract in place, a deal that is pretty much voided now because of health concerns. Even so the player and team continue to talk and work towards a new deal. Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the two teams are making significant progress towards a new, one-year deal.
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