Red Sox and Mike Napoli finally agree on 1 year deal for $5 million plus incentives

The Red Sox have finally completed their deal with Mike Napoli

1/17/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

September 30, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (25) doubles in two runs in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY SportsThe Red Sox and Mike Napoli originally agreed to a deal in early December, for 3 years and $39M.

Napoli's health issues got in the way, and the team decided to re-work the deal.

Finally, the team and Napoli have agreed to a new deal, and it's FAR less than the original one.

The deal is  for 1 year, with no vesting options or anything at all. It's a straight 1 year deal. Period.

Napoli will get paid $5 million, plus performance and other incentives that could bring the deal back up to the $13M range, which was the original deal.

If Napoli doesn't spend any time whatsoever on the disabled list, he would likely make the $13M.

This is a great deal for the Red Sox, and saves them a lot of money in the event that Napoli doesn't play well, or gets hurt.

His career numbers in Fenway Park are outstanding, with a 1.107 OPS there. If he stays healthy, this could be a great signing for the Sox, even if they have to pay him the full $13M for this year.

Also, if he stays healthy, he'll get a great contract at the end of the year to reflect that.
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