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December 9, 2013

Transaction Analysis

The AL East Rearms

by Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley


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Re-signed 1B-R Mike Napoli to a two-year deal worth $32 million. [12/6]

Remember when Napoli agreed to a three-year deal worth $42 million last winter, only for a hip ailment to force a do-over and a downgrade to a single season? If he was bitter, it didn't show on the field. Instead, Napoli embraced his role as the everyday first baseman and middle-of-the-order thumper, set a new career-high in plate appearances, and became a local icon for his beard and shirtless wandering. The money worked out okay in the end, anyway; take the guaranteed $5 million from 2013 and the $8 million he earned in health-based incentives, add it to his new contract, and subtract some security and peace of mind, and it's almost as though he signed a three-year deal worth $45 million.

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