The Red Sox have finally completed their deal with Mike Napoli
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.