Found September 13, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
It seems like so long ago now.   Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox had agreed to a three-year deal after the Texas Rangers failed to make him even a qualifying offer.  Soon after that agreement, a routine physical revealed a degenerative hip condition.  Napoli's three-year deal was off the table, but he soon signed an incentive-laden deal for one season.  Well, he managed to hit all of his incentives this season. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Napoli had to be on the active roster for at least 165 days among other incentives.  Napoli hit that mark yesterday thus finalizing the complete $8 million in incentives that were included in his one-year deal.  Instead of just the base $5 million salary, Napoli will earn $13 million this year. That's pretty impressive considering how dire the situation seemed to be when his hip condition was discovered.  Napoli's original agreement with the Red Sox was for three years, $39 million.  $13 million for one season is pretty solid for the veteran catcher/first baseman. This season, Napoli has had a bounce-back year of sorts.  After an incredible season in 2011, Napoli took a step back in 2012.  However, he has posted an OPS 24 points better this season.  Overall, Napoli is hitting .260/.354/.482.  And he has been part of the resurgent Red Sox who should claim the American League East title this season. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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