NASHVILLE - According to major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli.
The deal is for 3 years, $39 million.
The Red Sox want Napoli to be their first baseman and part-time catcher, as well as provide a boost to their offense.
The plan, according to a major league source, would be for Napoli to catch a lot in spring training, and then depending what happens with other Sox catchers via trade, have him catch some so he keeps that aspect of his game intact.
Napoli will become the Red Sox’ second big free agent addition, joining outfielder Jonny Gomes. His addition fits in with the team’s plan to avoid long-term deals.
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