According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli have finally reached an agreement. The Red Sox had an agreement on a three-year, $39 million deal in place with the free agent catcher/first baseman/designated hitter in November, but it fell apart as details of Napoli’s ailing hip surfaced following his physical. ESPN’s Gordon Edes, citing Jim Bowden, intimated late Wednesday that Napoli’s revised deal would be worth less than the $13 million average annual value of the initial contract.

Update: Jon Heyman brings us the details. Can you say PAY CUT?

Comments (5)

  1. I don’t like it…. Red Sox went from adding a bad contract to making a solid signing

  2. I’m shocked – did Napoli get hip replacements made out of glass this offseason? How could he go from $13 mm AAV x 3 to $5 mm x 1… That can’t be the most money he could get … right? Must really value the free clubhouse chicken…

  3. The Red Sox doctors and Napoli’s doctors must have both agreed that there was little optimism that Napoli could remain healthy enough to play a full season. Otherwise, this agreement seems to make little sense from Napoli’s perspective.

  4. A catcher with a great bat: $13M AAV
    A DH/1B (but mostly DH) with a decent bat: $5M

  5. its believed to be 5 million plus incentive which in the end will add up to being 1yr/ 13 million.

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