(BOSTON) — The beard is staying in Boston. After testing the free agent market, first baseman Mike Napoli has agreed to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox on a two-year deal worth $16 million.
In his first season with the Red Sox in 2013, Napoli endeared himself to the Red Sox faithful with his personality, clutch hits, and of course it helps when you help win a World Series.
Last offseason, the Red Sox and Naploli had agreed on a three-year deal worth $39 million. But after a physical revealed a hip condition, the team decided to give Napoli a one-year deal instead.
The move actually a blessing in disguise for Napoli. When all is said and done, Napoli will have earned $45 million from the Red Sox over three years, meaning his hip condition wound up making him an extra $6 million.
In 139 games for the Red Sox in 2013, the 32-year-old Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs while driving in 92 runs.
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