Found March 08, 2013 on RedSoxLife:
PLAYERS: Mike Napoli
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
When Boston reportedly signed Mike Napoli to a three-year, $39 million back in December, the reaction from Red Sox Nation was that of mild excitement. He was no Josh Hamilton, but at least he could hit home runs, right? It seemed like it took forever for the Red Sox to finally agree to terms with Napoli as his physical exam brought to light some long term injury issues. He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in his hip joint, and eventually signed a one-year deal guaranteeing $5 million with up to $9 million in incentives. Coming into Spring Training, excitement of the Napoli signing seemed to wane. Some people thought he was now damaged goods; if you imagine our first baseman as somebody with your grandfather's degenerative hip and needing a cane, then I can understand the lack of enthusiasm. However, there really should be no concerns with Napoli, and in fact, he has the potential to be Boston's most dangerous hitter. Napoli has played in four games so far this Sprin...
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