Mike Napoli reportedly receives offer from Red Sox but plans to shop around

November 08, 2013 - 7:25 am
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According to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, first baseman Mike Napoli has received a multi-year offer from the Red Sox but wants to shop around to see what other teams might consider. Napoli was one of the three players the Red Sox tendered with a one-year $14.1 million qualifying offer, meaning if he signs elsewhere the Red Sox would receiver a draft pick. Napoli signed a one-year deal with the Sox last offseason, shortening an original three-year, $39 million pact after the team expressed concerns about a degenerative hip condition. An eight-year MLB veteran, Napoli is a career .259/.357/.502 hitter with 169 home runs and 472 RBIs. In 2013 he hit .259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs while amassing a career-high 187 strikeouts as well as a career-high 73 walks. He went 2-for-13 (.154) in both the ALDS and the World Series, but he hit .300 in the ALCS and ripped a home run off Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 3 to give the Red Sox a 1-0 victory. He also homered in the Sox' 4-3 Game 5 victory, going 3-for-4 in that game.

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