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Mike Napoli takes big cut to join Red Sox

PROVIDENCE — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington thought in December that he had first baseman Mike Napoli signed to a contract. This time around he’s going to make sure.

Napoli has agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox, major league sources said Thursday. The agreement would pay the first baseman a base salary of $5 million, with an additional $8 million possible based on the number of days he spends on the active roster.

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