Mike Napoli is not leaving the Boston Red Sox as a free agent.
The 32-year-old first baseman has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the defending World Series champions, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com and CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam.
Napoli deal is for two years, $32 million. Signing first reported by @bradfo.—
Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) December 07, 2013
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provided further information on the signing.
Source: Napoli took less to stay with #RedSox. Earlier today talks were at a critical stage. He had at least one bigger offer.—
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 07, 2013
Napoli, who still has his amazing beard, alerted Red Sox fans that he would be staying in Boston by sending out the following tweet:
Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 07, 2013
The 32-year-old first baseman joined the Red Sox prior to the 2013 season and batted .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs in 139 regular-season games.
His ability to hit for power and protect David Ortiz in the lineup played a significant role in the Red Sox finishing first in the majors in runs scored, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Napoli also provided several clutch hits in the team’s journey to a World Series title, including a few important home runs in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.