Sources: Red Sox players urged front office to up Mike Napoli offer

Rob Bradford
December 06, 2013 - 6:20 pm

According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox players did their part in helping bring back Mike Napoli. As Friday unfolded, word trickled throughout numerous players on the Red Sox roster that Texas had interest that was going to be too good for Napoli to refuse. (Note: according to one source, the Rangers never actually ever made a formal offer.) The Sox had been sticking at two years at what was believed to be at $15 million per season. With a decision looming, a significant number of the Red Sox players reached out to both Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell, urging the team to enhance its offer to the first baseman. The message seemingly was valued, both by the Red Sox and Napoli. The Sox upped their offer to $16 million per year, while the player (according to multiple sources) saw the interest from his teammates as another reason to remain in Boston. For more on the Napoli signing, click here.