Mike Napoli played a major role as the Texas Rangers won an AL championship in 2011 and appeared in the playoffs in each of his two seasons. When he sought a multiyear deal in free agency, though, the team wasn't prepared to commit given his injury history.
The Boston Red Sox took a chance on him, and that risk has paid off so far.
Napoli faces his former team for the first time as Boston visits Texas in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
After batting .275 with 54 homers and 131 RBIs in 221 regular-season games with the Rangers, Napoli agreed to a three-year, 39 million contract with the Red Sox during the offseason.
During his physical, though, a hip issue was discovered and he signed a one-year deal with a 5 million base salary and incentives that could make the total value of the deal reach up to 13 million.
Napoli battled injuries and missed 103 games while with Texas, though he hasn't missed a single contest this season. He's hitting .283 with team highs of s...