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Red Sox hope to re-sign Mike Napoli to play first base

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No player was watched more closely during spring training than Mike Napoli.

The Red Sox agreed to a three-year $39 million deal with Napoli during the 2012 winter meetings and were thrilled. They believed his righthanded power was a significant addition to the lineup.

Napoli traveled to Boston for his physical and a press conference shortly after. But those plans were interrupted when he was found to have avascular necrosis in his hips, a degenerative condition that could lead to crippling injury.

The Red Sox backed out of their deal. After weeks of negotiations with Napoli and agent Brian Grieper, the Sox agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with $8 million in incentives based on playing time.

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