Found February 04, 2013 on
Boston Red Sox
Mike Napoli ended up signing with Boston, but the whole drawn out process and Napoli’s final contract terms make much of his future, both short- and long-term, very uncertain.
Ultimately, Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $5MM contract with incentives that could bring the full value of the deal up to $13MM. Considering the original deal was three years with $39MM guaranteed, Napoli sure had to cave a lot to get a deal done, and the fact that he couldn’t find a better deal out there on the free agent market only adds to concerns over Napoli’s health.
It seems like Napoli and Boston are perfect for each other and the incentives are based on playing time as opposed to productivity, so I’m not surprised he agreed to the final terms of the deal.
You can read our full breakdown of the Napoli to Boston signing here. For the abridged version, keep reading below.
At a Glance
Strengths: HR, RBI, SLG, OBP, OPS
Neutral: R, BA
Weaknesses: SB, health
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