EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 3, 2012

Red Sox sign Mike Napoli to a three-year deal

Christopher Smith

---- — First baseman/catcher Mike Napoli and the Red Sox have agreed to a three year, $39 million deal, according to multiple reports coming out of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

In 62 career at-bats at Fenway, Napoli has hit .306 with a .397 on-base percentage, .710 slugging percentage, 1.107 OPS, seven homers, 17 RBIs and four doubles.

He is a .259 career hitter with 146 homers, 380 RBIs, 113 doubles and a .356 on-base percentage.

In 2011 for Texas, he batted .320 with a .414 on-base percentage, .631 slugging percentage and 1.046 OPS. He also bashed 30 homers, drove in 75 runs and stroked 25 doubles in 113 games.

His numbers dropped this past season. He hit .227/.343/.469/.812 with 24 homers and 56 RBIs.

Napoli did not receive a qualifying offer from Texas so the Red Sox will not have to give up a draft pick for signing him.

The Red Sox finished with one of the 10 worst records in the majors, meaning their first-round pick is protected. If they are to sign one of the top free agents who received a qualifying offer, then Boston would have to give up only a second-round pick instead of first-rounder.