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The upcoming offseason figures to be much more lucrative for Mike Napoli than the winter of 2012-13 was, thanks in large part to his ability to stay on the field this year. Napoli, who just ensured himself another $8 million in 2013, will once again hit the open market this offseason. While there figures to be multiple team's interested in acquiring the slugger, Napoli told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he hopes to be back with the Boston Red Sox.
“I love it here. It’s just something special, and a lot of
these guys are going to be back here next year. I’m pretty sure some of these
guys who are free agents, they’re probably going to try to lock up, too,” said
Napoli. “This is an ideal spot. I’ve never had anything like this. I had it
really good in Texas. But this is unbelievable.”
Napoli recently surpassed the 165-day mark of being on the Red Sox' active roster. That was a special day for the catcher turned first baseman/designated hitter, as it caused $8 million in incentives to become guaranteed, bringing his 2013 salary to a cool $13 million.
That was supposed to be the amount Napoli averaged over the next two seasons with the Red Sox, but he was forced to renegotiate his three-year, $39 million contract last offseason due to health concerns surrounding his degenerative hip condition. After a healthy and productive 2013 campaign, Napoli is hoping that he'll receive similar offers over the winter.
While Napoli's offensive marks are a bit below his career averages, he is on pace to appear in more games than he ever has. Over 538 plate appearances -- a career-high -- the 31-year-old has hit .258/.351/.478 with 36 doubles, two triples and 21 home runs.
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