ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had a productive day on Thursday before he stepped to the plate.
Thursday marked Napoli’s 165th day on the roster and that guaranteed him the entire $8 million incentive package built into his contract in January.
Napoli initially agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox in December. The team backed away from that agreement after a physical found Napoli had a degenerative condition in his hip joints.
The sides agreed to a one-year contract worth $5 million with incentives based on time on the active roster or plate appearances. Napoli had already earned $6 million in incentives. Thursday’s game put him at the maximum. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.