Mike Napoli will sign a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox, sources told ESPN on Thursday.
Napoli's contract is for one year with a base salary of $5 million, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. With incentives, he can play himself to a $13 million payday, which boosts the compensation to the level of the three-year deal he first agreed to with Boston early this offseason.
Napoli and his former team, the Rangers, had reopened talks, and Texas even offered more money than the Red Sox, a source told ESPNDallas.com, but he chose Boston because he'd get a more clearly defined role with more at-bats. With Texas, Napoli would have shared playing time at catcher (A.J. Pierzynski), first base (Mitch Moreland) and designated hitter (Lance Berkman).