Jan. 17: Napoli agrees to one-year deal: Catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli originally agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million in early December, but the contract was delayed after a problem was discovered with Napoli’s hip after a physical. After renegotiating, the sides agreed on a one-year deal.
The Red Sox want Napoli to be their first baseman and a 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 intact,” Globe baseball reporter Nick Cafardo wrote.
Napoli, a free agent who spent the last two seasons with the Texas Rangers, is a career .259 hitter with 146 home runs and 380 RBIs.