In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I read this as the 3/39 is no longer in play...will be interested to see what the final agreement ends up being in years and dollars.
Here's what I think he will end up having to take or walk (just my hunch):
$12M/1 with a $1M bonus for over 550 PAs.
2nd year team option at $12M base if under 550 in 2013 and $13M base if over 550 PAs in 2013 with $1M buyout.
3rd year same as 2nd.
I would not do this deal. At this point, I'd be afraid to give $8M/1.
There is no harm whatsoever in a one year deal with team options for all additional years. I think it would be entertaining to see if Napoli can continue to rake at Fenway. I suspect his numbers will decline significantly because the excellent OPS is based on a very small sample size, but his story line is one that would hold some interest this year.
Keep in mind who he batted against at Fenway, Red Sox pitchers.
Secondly, if it's more than a one year deal, the Red Sox got swindled. Just like they did with Drew and Lackey.