Red Sox and Mike Napoli Reach Agreement on Three-Year Deal

Mike Napoli will remain in the American League. He has been one of the hottest free agents this winter, and the Red Sox have been his biggest pursuer. Now they have him. Napoli an the Red Sox have reach a contract agreement today.

According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England, Napoli and the Red Sox have reached an agreement on a three-year, $39 million deal. This comes to an average yearly salary just shy of the $13.3 million the Texas Rangers would have had to offer Napoli in order to get draft pick compensation.

Napoli appears to be healthy and should be 100 percent by the start of spring training. However, he was limited by a strained quadriceps muscle toward the end of 2012. He came back from the injury, but he was unable to bounce back from what had been a poor season all year.

Napoli hit just .227/.343/.469. It put him above league average for OPS because of his power numbers, but his batting average left much to be desired. Napoli still hit 24 home runs. His best year was in 2011 with the Rangers when he hit .320/.414/.631. The Red Sox hope he can get back to somewhere near that production level.

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