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Red Sox, Mike Napoli agree to terms on three-year deal

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 3, 2012 10:44 AM

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NASHVILLE - According to major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli. According to reports, the three-year deal is worth $39 million.

The Red Sox want Napoli to be their first baseman and part-time catcher.

The plan, according to a major league source, would be for Napoli to catch a lot in spring training, and then depending what happens with other Sox catchers via trade, have him catch some so he keep that aspect of his game in tact.

The Mariners were going hard after him as well. The Rangers, who currently do not have as catcher, were keeping Napoli in mind as well, but had not been willing to go beyond two years with an option.

Currently there hasn't been much action on Nick Swisher. The Red Sox are still focusing on Cody Ross and others.

The Josh Hamilton market is also about to develop. Hamilton has been seen in Nashville and may start meeting with teams. It's not known if the Red Sox are one of them.

Larry Lucchino said that comments he made on his XM radio appearance yesterday were confused. It was reported that Lucchino said the Red Sox would be willing to pursue Hamilton but for no more than five years.

Lucchino denied that's what he said.

The Red Sox are in a wait-and- see approach with Hamilton. They are monitoring the market and if it falls they will pursue it.

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