NEW YORK — Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox in December that fell apart when he was discovered to have a degenerative condition in his hips.
After weeks of negotiations, Napoli agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million with the possibility of earning $8 million in incentives if he stayed on the active roster all season.
Not only did he accomplish that, Napoli said Friday he feels better physically than he has in several weeks.
The hip condition, controlled by medication and therapy, never was much of an issue. Napoli was affected far more by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
“Some days I feel really good. But some days I have some problems running. I have to be careful with how I flex my foot,” Napoli said. “But I feel comfortable at the plate. That’s the biggest thing.”
Napoli reached base in all five plate appearances in Friday’s 12-8 victory over the Yankees, with a single, double, two walks, and the tying grand slam in the seventh inning. Over his last 11 games he is 16 for 39 (.410) with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.