Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 5/13/13
Sean Riley, Contributing writer Mike Napoli went from having a big multi-year contract with the Red Sox to quickly not knowing if or what team he would end up on. A pre-hire physical if you will, lead Napoli to be diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips. That big multi-million dollar deal quickly vanished and Napoli signed a one year 5 million dollar deal with Boston. For a guy who got below average money due to his potential durability, Big Napi hasn't missed one of Boston's 38 games this season. Napoli is among the league leaders in several batting categories including RBI's and extra base hits. He also has a stellar slugging percentage at .537 and a .864 OPS, on base percentage+ slugging. Besides Clay Buchholz, Napoli has been the most valuable player for Boston so far this season. As good as his numbers are now I think they could greatly improve by where he bats in their lineup. Not that I forsee a change coming in the batting order, but since day one I have not liked...
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