Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting this morning that the Red Sox and 1st Baseman Mike Napoli have agreed to terms on a one year deal. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal will be worth five million plus incentives. Napoli and the Sox initially agreed on a three year, 39 million dollar contract back in December, but concerns over a nagging hip injury caused the two sides to re structure the contract. Napoli is coming off of one of his worst seasons, in which he hit just .227 with the Texas Rangers. He did, however, hit for a .462 average with three home runs and eight RBI in 13 at bats at Fenway Park last season. It should also be noted that he won’t be facing Red Sox pitching the next time he steps to the plate at Fenway Park.
Napoli is being brought in to fill the void at first base left by the blockbuster trade pulled off by Ben Cherington last August, that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto the the Los Angeles Dodgers. One would assume that this will end the off season acquisitions for the Red Sox, who already signed outfielders Shane Victorino and Johnny Gomes, Catcher David Ross, Shortstop Stephen Drew, relief Pitcher Koji Uehara, and starting Pitcher Ryan Dempster, as well as acquiring closer Joel Hanrahan in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.