Mike Napoli will wind up with the Red Sox on a two-year deal
Napoli, the erstwhile Rangers’ slugging catcher/first baseman and a longtime tormentor of Red Sox pitchers, agreed to a three-year, $39-million deal with the Red Sox on Dec. 3. But he is yet to sign, reportedly because of some concern the ballclub has about the condition of his hip.
At this point, neither team nor player has a better Plan B, and the belief here is that the deal gets done by the end of January, ultimately a year shorter than the original terms.
As for how he will produce, lets pencil him in for 25 homers—the halfway point between his 2011 and ‘12 seasons.