Found May 14, 2013 on NESN.com:
Is Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli the best free-agent bargain in baseball this season? Napoli originally was to sign with Boston for $39 million over three years, but that deal was scuttled when the team learned of Napoli’s avascular necrosis, a serious hip condition, during a physical. Instead, Napoli got a one-year, incentive-laden $5 million deal. Should Napoli continue hitting as he has been, he will be in line for another big contract this winter. He leads the team with seven home runs, 33 RBIs and 80 total bases entering this week, while also hitting .268. In the most recent updated Bovada American League MVP award odds, Napoli was Boston’s top contender at 20-1. Of course, the Sox’ last MVP winner was Dustin Pedroia five years ago. Detroit star Miguel Cabrera is the 2-1 runaway favorite to win his second straight MVP — no AL player has repeated as the league MVP since the White Sox’ Frank Thomas in 1993-94 (Mo Vaughn ended the Big Hurt’s three-peat bid in 1995). Last seaso...
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