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Red Sox sign Napoli to 1-year contract

Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli has signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, General Manager Ben Cherington announced Tuesday.

Terms of the deal weren't released but MLB.com reported it was worth $5 million with incentives that could pay him as much as $13 million.

Napoli was originally set to sign a three-year contract for $39 million with Boston in early December, but the transaction was delayed and then revised after a physical examination revealed he has a hip condition known as avascular necrosis.

Napoli belted 24 homers and drove in 56 RBI over 108 games last season for the Texas Rangers, earning his first All-Star Game selection, but managed just a .227 batting average.

The 31-year-old has compiled a .259 average with 146 homers and 380 RBI over 727 career games with the Los Angeles Angels and Texas.

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