Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 1/17/13
WEEI's Rob Bradford is reporting that the Red Sox and Mike Napoli have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. The Sox and Napoli had originally agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million back on December 3, but Boston's medical staff had concerns after the 31 year old's physical. Yesterday, Jon Heyman reported that a deal would be reached next week, so the fact that Napoli agreed so quickly might suggest that the Sox increased the one-year salary -- Boston was losing leverage as other available first basemen (Michael Morse, Adam Laroche, etc.) were no longer available. Napoli's injuries were too much of a concern for the Sox to offer three years, but it is interesting that they agreed on a one-year deal, rather than a two-year deal. There are no exciting first base free agents after the 2013 season, and the farm system doesn't project to have anyone at that position ready in the near future, so perhaps there is an option attached to the deal for an additional year.  Despite th...
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