December 3, 2012

Napoli Agrees To 3/39 Deal With Boston

Mike Napoli has agreed to a three-year contract with the Red Sox, worth $39 million. Napoli wanted a fourth year, but Boston held firm on its offer of only three.

Napoli has a .931 OPS the last two seasons. Among righthanded hitters, only Miguel Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp are higher.
That impressive two-year OPS is helped out by the career year Napoli had in 2011.
       AVG   OBP   SLG    OPS
2011  .320  .414  .631  1.045
2012  .227  .343  .469   .812
Even so, that .343 OBP would have tied Napoli with Adrian Gonzalez for third-best on the 2012 Red Sox, after David Ortiz (.415) and Dustin Pedroia (.347).

1 comment:

FenFan said...

I like this signing. Don't know whether transition to first will be smooth but he seems to shine at Fenway.