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Mike Napoli has earned maximum $8 million in incentives

Sep 12, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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Mike Napoli‘s three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox was reworked into a one-year, $5 million deal after concerns about the health status of his hip, but he’s earned back some of that money via incentives.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that by being on the active roster for 165 days this season Napoli has earned the maximum $8 million in incentives, making it a one-year, $13 million contract. That’s still a long way from three years and $39 million, but Napoli should be able to snag a one- or two-year deal as a free agent this offseason that will bring the total money relatively close.

It’ll be interesting to see what the market is for Napoli this time around. He’s been healthy, moving away from catcher has allowed him to log a career-high 534 plate appearances, and his .838 OPS almost matches his .858 career mark, although the position switch means his offense is level valuable too. Can he get a two-year, $26 million deal this winter?

  1. dondada10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    So Napoli can be productive AND not be the starting catcher? Did anybody tell Mike Scioscia that?

    • steveohho - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Evidently, no one told Jon Daniels either.

  2. missthemexpos - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    If the Yankees sign him, can he repeat this years performance minus the beard?

  3. kjericho43 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I hope he stays in Boston. The more beards the better.

  4. steve7921 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    If Adam LaRoche can get 2 years for $24million and Nick Swisher can get 4 years for $56million…Napoli should easily get 2 years for $26million, even with possible hip issues!

    • garylanglais - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      And as with those two players you mentioned I expect the Red Sox to extend the 1-year qualifying offer to Napoli after this season. Worse case scenario they’re on the hook for 1/~$14m deal.

  5. paperlions - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    He has the 9th best wRC+ (which adjusts for league and park effects) among all 1B, and he has played very good defense at 1B, resulting in the 7th highest fWAR total (effectively tied for 5th with Freddie Freeman). His offense would actually rank 6th among catchers….just shows you how thin the 1B position is these days….while 1B is typically a slugging position…there just aren’t 30 healthy sluggers around to fill those spots.

    • skinsfanwill - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      totally agree with you PaperLions. There seem to be a ton of “almost-over-the-hill” 1B out there and only a few stars.

    • Rick Cosmo - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      agreed..with Pujols, Howard and Hart hurt, Konerko not hitting and the talent being very thin, any fantasy player will tell 1B across the majors is horrible from a talent perspective

  6. titansbro - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Resign with boston

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